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CCSD Celebrates Partners and Volunteers of the Year at Recognition Ceremony

The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) celebrated outstanding school community partners and volunteers at its sixth annual recognition ceremony.

Former CCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo recognized a Partner of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year for each individual school and center. The evening also included the surprise announcement of the CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year selected from that pool of 79 honorees.

Ball Ground Police Department, the Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Partner of the Year, was named the CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year, and Francisco Quintana, the Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Volunteer of the Year, was named the CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year.

It takes a community to make great schools. Our school district is a family, and outstanding partners and volunteers are an important part of our family, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. Recognizing dedicated partners and volunteers is just one way we encourage these important relationships. The time, treasure, and talent they share is valuable beyond measure.

In his Partner of the Year nomination letter, Principal Dr. Christian Kirby shared a story of how, due to the strong relationship the school had built with the Ball Ground Police Department, a student sought out a police officer for help when he couldnt find his parents at the schools fall festival.

CCSD Volunteer of the Year, Francisco Quintana, volunteers daily from 9:30am-2:00pm at Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, even though he doesnt have children attending that school. In August, when his wife began working as the schools lunchroom manager, she told him about the needs of the children and staff. Knowing that he could make a difference, Quintana offered to be a volunteer, and now volunteers every day.