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GaDOE’s statewide initiative, Georgia Schools Care, raises over $43,600 to support children in foster care

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March 4, 2024 – State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced the success of the Georgia Department of Education’s statewide service initiative, Georgia Schools Care, held from November 8 through December 15, 2023. This annual initiative brought together the entire educational family, including students and staff, fostering a sense of community and support for a shared cause.

Georgia Schools Care aimed to unite Georgia’s education family in a collective effort to impact the lives of others positively. During the initiative, participants joined forces to raise an impressive total of more than $43,600. The funds collected were directed towards supporting disadvantaged children through a partnership with Clark’s Christmas Kids.

“I sincerely appreciate every student, staff, educator, and community member who contributed to this worthy cause,” Superintendent Woods said. “This initiative was designed to provide all within education the opportunity to make an impact on those around us. It was an opportunity for us as an educational family to give hope, add value to those in need, and allow us to make a genuine difference in the lives of others. Even though the personal sacrifice may seem small, the collective efforts of all were substantial.”

Clark’s Christmas Kids has been dedicated to bringing joy to foster children during the holiday season for over three decades. Their mission centers around ensuring that every child in the Georgia foster care system receives a Christmas gift, fostering a sense of love and belonging.

More than 50 schools and districts and several private donors contributed to the inaugural Georgia Schools Care initiative. Schools and districts were recognized based on participation as outlined below, and the recognition list is available at the bottom of this release.

 ▪ Diamond Star Schools: This designation was reserved for participation above 100%, based on a minimum $1 donation by both students and staff. (For example, a school with a combined enrollment and staff count of 800 could reach Diamond status by donating $801 or more.)
▪ Platinum Star School: This designation was reserved for participation between 90 and 100%, based on a minimum $1 donation by both students and staff.
▪ Gold Star School: This designation was reserved for participation between 70 and 89%, based on a minimum $1 donation by both students and staff.
▪ Silver Star School: This designation was reserved for participation between 50 and 69%, based on a minimum $1 donation by both students and staff.
▪ Bronze Star School: This designation was reserved for any level of participation based on a minimum $1 donation by both students and staff.

Diamond Star Schools: This designation was reserved for participation above 100%, based on a minimum $1 donation by both students and staff. (For example, a school with a combined enrollment and staff count of 800 could reach Diamond status by donating $801 or more.)
Platinum Star School: This designation was reserved for participation between 90 and 100%, based on a minimum $1 donation by both students and staff.
Gold Star School: This designation was reserved for participation between 70 and 89%, based on a minimum $1 donation by both students and staff.
Silver Star School: This designation was reserved for participation between 50 and 69%, based on a minimum $1 donation by both students and staff.
Bronze Star School: This designation was reserved for any level of participation based on a minimum $1 donation by both students and staff.

The Georgia Department of Education is launching a spring Georgia Schools Care Initiative to benefit military families in honor of the Month of the Military Child in April. More details will be available soon, so please stay tuned for how you can help impact the lives of others positively.

Diamond Star Schools/Districts:

Blue Ridge Elementary School, Dalton Public Schools
Cass Middle School, Bartow County School System
Chattanooga Valley Middle School, Walker County Schools
Dooly County Board of Education, Dooly County School System
Dublin City Schools Central Office, Dublin City Schools
Harmony Elementary School, Pickens County Schools
Jefferson Academy, Jefferson City Schools
Jefferson Elementary School, Jefferson City Schools
Jefferson High School, Jefferson City Schools
Jefferson Middle School, Jefferson City Schools
Lincoln County Elementary School, Lincoln County Schools
Mountain Road Elementary School, Cherokee County School District
North Columbia Elementary School, Columbia County School District
Pike County Central Office, Pike County Schools
Pike County Primary School, Pike County Schools
Savannah Classical Academy, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools
Union County High School, Union County Schools
Valdosta Middle School, Valdosta City Schools
Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers, DeKalb County Schools
Wilcox County Elementary School, Wilcox County Schools

Platinum Star Schools/Districts:

Carrollton City Schools, Carrollton County Schools
Irish Gifted Academy, Dublin City Schools

Gold Star Schools/Districts:

Arcado Elementary School, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Moore Street School, Dublin City Schools
Patterson Elementary School, Pierce County Schools
Putnam County Elementary School, Putnam County Charter School System
River Ridge High School, Cherokee County School District
Stone Creek Elementary School, Walker County Schools
Walker County Schools Advancing Education Center, Walker County Schools
West Side Elementary School, Marietta City Schools

Silver Star Schools/Districts:

International Academy of Smyrna, State Charter School
Macon County Board of Education, Macon County School System
Mitchell County Elementary School, Mitchell County School System
Mitchell County Primary School, Mitchell County School System
North Tattnall Middle School, Tattnall County Schools

Bronze Star Schools/Districts:

Arnold Magnet Academy, Muscogee County School District
Bradwell Institute, Liberty County School System
Camden Middle School, Camden County Schools
Crisp County High School, Crisp County Schools
Dublin High School, Dublin City Schools
Dublin Middle School, Dublin City Schools
Fairmount Elementary School, Gordon County Schools
Gum Springs Elementary School, Jackson County School System
Hillcrest Elementary School, Dublin City Schools
Midway Elementary School, Pierce County Schools
Miller County Elementary School, Miller County Schools
Mitchell County Middle School, Mitchell County School System
Moreland Road Elementary School, Griffin-Spalding County School System
Pike County Middle School, Pike County Schools
Rome City Schools Board of Education, Rome City Schools
Screven County Elementary School, Screven County School System
Southside Elementary School, Grady County Schools
Susie Dasher Elementary School, Dublin City Schools
Whitewater Middle School, Fayette County Public Schools

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