Douglas County School System hosted the annual “Thankful for Partners” Partners in Education breakfast Tuesday to acknowledge the impact and contributions of several of Douglas County’s Partners in Education (PIE). For more than two decades, businesses, churches, civic, professional groups and talented volunteers have invested in the education of Douglas County children. PIE allows these partners the opportunity to share their time, resources and expertise where there is the greatest need. During the event hosted at Greystone Power, several educators came forward to share how Partners in Education has had a positive impact on their school and individual students. Burnett Elementary School Principal Kacia Thompson praised the efforts of the congregation at Douglasville First United Methodist Church for supporting their school whenever a need arises. From school clean ups to school supply donations and office assistance, Principal Thompson brought Revered Heather Jallad to the podium to thank the congregation for all their contributions. Mason Creek Elementary teacher Alma Betsill also thanked Rita Harris of Greystone Power for her assistance leading the school to obtain their first ever STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) School Certification. Merle Norman franchise owner Valerie Howell shared praises for the active role PIE plays with students. Howell is grateful for PIE Committee Member Kerry Rigdon, who helped facilitate a partnership that provided students the opportunity to participate in a Teen Focus Group.
Superintendent Trent North acknowledges the contributions of the volunteers by adding: “Our Partners in Education have made an indelible impact on the Douglas County School System. We are deeply appreciative of all the work they have done to improve the quality of education of all of our students. “
PIE will also host a special end of year recognition program in May.
For more information on becoming a Partner in Education, contact the principal of a school to discuss your interest in the program or contact Douglas County School System Community Relations Director Karen Stroud at 770-651-2037.