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Partners in Action

SCANA Energy Homework Centers
SCANA Energy’s Partners in Education schools, LaBelle Elementary and Lockheed Elementary, held end-of-year events at their SCANA Energy Homework Centers.  Each homework center celebrated their accomplishments with special appearances by the Atlanta Falcons. Third through fifth grade homework center students at LaBelle Elementary welcomed Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow. Fourth and fifth grade homework center students at Lockheed Elementary were joined by Falcons offensive guard Ben Garland.

Students participated in the Atlanta Falcons Junior Training Camp, which included a fitness station, an obstacle course, and fundamental football drill exercises where students practiced a quarterback toss, and running back and defensive back drills alongside their special guest. Falcons Cheerleaders and Freddie the Falcon were also present and helped emphasize the importance of daily physical activity.

SCANA Energy Homework Centers provide a safe and structured study environment where students can complete their class assignments and learn proper study skills. Each homework center operates with two certified teachers who are responsible for the total management of the program. SCANA Energy provides funds for the teachers, an assistant, snacks, and student incentives.

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SpeedPro Imaging Marietta Donates Violins
SpeedPro Imaging Marietta donated new violins to students in need at Floyd Middle School. The Orchestra teacher selected two, deserving students to receive the gifts. “Both [students] have shown a lot of progress on the violin this year. Since one had been playing prior to her arrival at Floyd, she has seen much improvement because of the extra practice that she is allowed by having her own violin. Her tone has greatly improved due to having a violin and bow of superior quality. The other student, who began playing at the beginning of the year, was very motivated by the opportunity of having his own violin. This has provided him with more ownership of his learning and has shown so much more focus and progress since receiving this gift.”

Floyd Middle School and the sixth grade orchestra classes are so thankful for this gift from SpeedPro and look forward to having these violins see both students through their course of study here at Floyd, as well as many more students to come.

Stone Bridge Church Provides Lunch
Stone Bridge Church generously provided an end-of-the-year lunch for the staff of Park Street Elementary as an appreciation to all of their hard work!

Ed Voyles Automotive Group Speaks to Educators
Bill Brantley, President/COO, Ed Voyles Automotive Group, was pleased to speak to the Marietta City Schools district employees on Aug. 1. In addition to the welcoming address, his comments challenged each educator to make a difference in the lives of their students and raise them to a higher level during the school year. At the event, Brantley was also honored to introduce the Marietta City Schools District Teacher of the Year, Susan Donlin of Marietta Middle School.

Noonday Baptist Church Paints School
On July 16, 17 volunteers from Noonday Baptist Church generously gave of their time and painted classrooms, including the Media Center, at Keheley Elementary School.

Corey Chiropractic Provides Massages for Educators
On Aug. 10, Corey Chiropractic visited the Cobb County School Board to provide free chair massages for educators. They also provide chair massages for Cobb County School District’s for Teacher Appreciation Day.

Each month, Corey Chiropractic also selects a Teacher of the Month. The teacher is honored with a $100 gift card to the School Box and a gift certificate for a 60 minute massage, chiropractic exam and adjustment (a $155 value).

Community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher! The form can be found at

Kid Chess Gets Involved
Kid Chess serves their partner schools in many ways! From both material and financial donations, to sending Kid Chess staff to play chess with attendees at school events, to cheering at school Fun Runs. Their mascot, KC is especially popular at these events, and he is a terrific chess player, too!

Hollydale Methodist Assist with Good News Club
Hollydale United Methodist Church are loyal supporters of Hollydale Elementary School. On a weekly basis, they assist with the Good News Club and send Backpack Blessings for each child on free or reduced lunches. They also donate their facility for staff retreats and a training resource for the principal.

They are also pleased to offer Financial Peace University for adults, children, and teens (it is free for kids and youth). They hope kids and families come learn good budgeting and debt management skills.

They are also active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Osborne High School and co-lead weekly devotions for the staff.

Harmony Foundation Donates Gift Baskets
The Harmony Foundation, Inc. donated a Back-to-School Basket to Garrett Middle School. The basket was used as a fund-developer for the school.  They also provided a Teacher Appreciation Breakfast.

First Christian Church of Mableton Gets Involved
First Christian Church of Mableton is very active in their partner schools! From inviting the Pebblebrook High School Orchestra to play during a church service, to providing meals for the football team, to feeding over 200 students on a Wednesday Night Teen Service, to welcome students back to school with signs and free school supplies, they have been an invaluable source of support for Pebblebrook.

Stone Family Chiropractic Brings Treats to School
A huge thank you to Dr. Stone, and the entire team of Stone Family Chiropractic, for providing healthy treats to the staff of Chalker Elementary School! Dr. Stone is one of Chalker’s fabulous Partners in Education.

Atlantis Hydroponics Works with Students
Atlantis Hydroponics had a fantastic 2016 working with schools all over Georgia, but they would like to give special recognition to the Cobb County school who helped us refine and pilot our Hydroponics in the Classroom initiative: Ford Elementary School.  A special thanks to the wonderful 5th grade teachers, Principal Dr. Jami Frost, and the amazing Catherine Padget, without whom we would likely not be working with the number of schools that we currently are.  From our beginning of the year lecture on sustainability, to the playful “Water Day” Pump/Siphon Challenge, to the Space Exploration project Build Your Own Hydroponics System we have loved working with all of the students at Ford and are looking forward to another great year!

NorthStar Church Provides Meals and Treats
NorthStar Church is proud to serve Baker and Lewis Elementary Schools! From providing lunch for the faculty members, to treats for the kids, they are looking forward to another great year of Partners in Education.

Pettigrew Realty Mentors and Serves
Pettigrew Realty is proud to partner with Cooper Middle School and H.A.V.E.N at Skyview. From providing meals for the students at Cooper, to serving as a mentor for the girls at H.A.V.E.N., Pettigrew is doing great things in their partner schools.

Cowan Connection Donates Prizes
Jennifer Cowan of the Cowan Connection (Keller Williams) is an incredible cheerleader for Cheatham Hill Elementary School’s Special Education team. Every year, the Cowan Connection is generous with “back to school” door prizes for staff during preplanning. This year, in addition to several gift cards and a giant gift basket full of classroom supplies, they awarded an entire team with lunch as a special treat. During pre-planning, each team was challenged with performing a short skit/song/etc. on how they were going to lead, focus, and inspire students this school year. The staff voted, and the Special Education team won by a landslide! Their prize was lunch, courtesy of The Cowan Connection.

Canvus By U Celebrates the Arts
When families, community groups, business and schools band together to support learning, young people achieve more in school, stay in school longer, and enjoy the experience more. There are so many opportunities for experiential learning to happen out in the community surrounding the school. Kincaid Elementary Foundation (Foundation) and Kincaid PTA (PTA) found a way to work with local businesses and subject matter experts to connect core curriculum to the outside world and design engaging learning experiences in and out of the classroom particularly in the creative arts. We partner with Stacy Abston, CEO of Canvus By U (CBU), a local Cobb County business. She has been a key component in our Celebration of the Arts day presented by the PTA to showcase art careers and particularly CBU specialties through painting. Stacy and her team have now partnered her business to provide the Foundation with an afterschool club, whereas a portion of the proceeds provide fundraising support for the Foundation. In the fall, Foundation will partner with CBU again to host a Painting For A Purpose event, which a portion of the profits will provide the Foundation funds to achieve their annual goals. Together, we can enhance, enrich and elevate our students.

Marietta Martial Arts Abundantly Volunteers
One of Sope Creek Elementary School’s fabulous Partners in Education is Marietta Martial Arts. They have served countless volunteer hours! Recently, they helped with Boosterthon, Sope Creek’s annual fundraiser. A representative gave water to the kids while they were running in the Boosterthon Fun Run and asked for nothing in return.  Taylor Larkin from Marietta Martial Arts has been so beneficial and is always willing to jump in and help! During Sope Creek’s Book Fair, Marietta Martial Arts sent representatives to unpack the books and help with set up. Any time the school has an activity, Marietta Martial Arts wants to know what they can do to help. They have been an amazing partner!

First Baptist Church of Smyrna Donates Snacks
Each month, the First Baptist Church of Smyrna donates snacks and food items to the Cobb Performance Learning Center. Reverend Barry Owen, through the “Faith in Action” ministry, has supported our students in many facets. Donations include building cabinets to house microwaves, food items donated for our Fall Festival and funding the field trip to Sparkles Skating for our quarter three honor roll students. Also, First Baptist Church of Smyrna hosted our Graduating Senior Recognition and covered the cost of the reception. During the Day of Service in January 2016, 70 plus members from First Baptist came to our facility and painted doors, landscaped, cleaned closets, and general house cleaning.

The First Baptist Church of Smyrna has been an invaluable partner for seven years. Our students come to the Cobb PLC with different needs. Food donations from the First Baptist Church have helped students who have limited resources and are coming to school hungry. Students appreciate the support and caring that Reverend Barry Owen has shown by providing breakfast and lunch items.

The First Baptist Church of Smyrna and Reverend Barry Owen go above and beyond to support the Cobb PLC. First Baptist contributes to the success of our students by contributing their time and funding by covering the cost for field trips, quarterly Honors ceremonies, and monthly snacks for the students. Reverend Owen sees a need and does whatever he can to meet it. Lastly, First Baptist serves hundreds of families per year by paying utility bills, donating bus passes and gas cards, and assisting with temporary living assistance.

City of Acworth Collectively Supports Our Educators
Barber Middle School, the GEM of Acworth, where learning is Genuine, Engaging, and Meaningful, has had the support of many partners since the start of the 2016-2017 school year. The city of Acworth, namely Mayor Tommy Allegood and Chief Wayne Dennard of the Acworth Police Department, have supported the school. Members of Acworth Police Department helped greet our students on the first day of school. James Albright, Acworth Parks and Recreation, assisted Nathan Jones, North Cobb High School senior and Eagle Scout, in getting our newly built Outdoor Classroom prepped and ready for construction. Nathan’s Eagle Scout project afforded our teachers and students the opportunity to have class outside. North Cobb High School Band and Cheerleading programs performed for staff and got them ready for the new year on the first day of preplanning. Chick-fil-A of Acworth and Brookstone Owner Operator, Andy Duncan, also sponsored breakfast on that day.  Additionally, they gave each staff member a gift card for a breakfast item which was distributed at our first faculty meeting. Barber Middle School’s PTSA in conjunction with Roly Poly provided sandwich wraps for lunch. Barber was the site of a tri-school luncheon sponsored by Acworth Business Association members and catered by Carrabba’s. Acworth and McCall Elementary staffs joined Barber Middle’s staff on July 28. Freedom Church also hosted a breakfast on our last day of preplanning.  North Cobb High School’s Athletic Department has partnered with us by providing football tickets for staff and students.  Cassandra Stiff with Horace Mann provided a workshop with staff members related to Donors Choose and a Teacher Attendance Recognition Program.  Zoyo Neighborhood Frozen Yogurt partnered with us as we treated staff to an ice cream social on the first Friday in August. Additionally, they have provided certificates to our students.  McDonald’s in Acworth has also provided gift certificates for students who excel.  October 8, 2016, Lowe’s of Acworth and its employees will support our School Beautification Day.  They will supply all needs for our school garden and provide items to spruce up the front of the school.  We will continue to build relationships with other business members of Acworth, and we look forward to solidifying partnerships for the betterment of the school and the community.

BRockin Parties Brings Their Skills to the Party
Brian "B-Rock" Adams of BRockin Parties provided complimentary DJ services at the Kindergarten and New Student Social at Garrison Mill Elementary School.

Teacher’s Lunch Box Brings Encouragement
Matt Sellors and his team are having so much fun with Teacher's Lunch Box. From allowing students and parents to encourage teachers with lunch and an encouraging note, they are impacting the quality of education of the kids in Northwest Cobb. There is not a teacher on the planet that wouldn't be impacted by notes like the ones below:

"We sure are thankful that Harry has been blessed with such an AMAZING teacher! Thank you for going above and beyond!! Harry sure does adore you!!"

" I am so proud of you and the impact you have on your students. Pointing them to the truth one way or another. Thank you so much for being a "difference maker" in the lives of so many students that have the privilege of having YOU as their teacher. Enjoy lunch on me!"

These teachers and many others are raising the bar with education because parents are recognizing and appreciating their efforts.  It truly is the Pat on the Back for doing an exceptional job! As a result, the community supports Teacher’s Lunch Box and the Daily Grind like no other, because they know we support their children.