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‘Partners’ gather to support education through business
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
January 23, 2013 01:11 PM | 2289 views | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Liz Marino<br>Beth Walsh, of the Atlanta Dream women’s professional basketball team, speaks with Brook Cole of Foxhall Farm and Resort during the Partners in Education breakfast at Central Baptist Church last week.
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Beth Walsh, of the Atlanta Dream women’s professional basketball team, speaks with Brook Cole of Foxhall Farm and Resort during the Partners in Education breakfast at Central Baptist Church last week.
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Staff / Liz Marino<br>From left, local business owner and longtime Partner in Education Rodney Davis  chats with Andrew Agan, director of community relations with the Douglas County District Attorney’s office, and School Board Chairwoman Janet Kelley during last Thursday’s Partners in Education breakfast.
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From left, local business owner and longtime Partner in Education Rodney Davis chats with Andrew Agan, director of community relations with the Douglas County District Attorney’s office, and School Board Chairwoman Janet Kelley during last Thursday’s Partners in Education breakfast.
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Staff / Liz Marino<br>Sandra Parks, senior pastor’s assistant, and Senior Pastor Steve McFall welcomed school system officials and the local business community to their church, Central Baptist Church in Douglasville, which hosted the Partners in Education event last week.
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Sandra Parks, senior pastor’s assistant, and Senior Pastor Steve McFall welcomed school system officials and the local business community to their church, Central Baptist Church in Douglasville, which hosted the Partners in Education event last week.
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Attendees at the Partners in Education breakfast last week received official word from New Manchester Principal Connie Craft the high school would become a fine arts magnet school in the 2013-14 school year.

“We are very excited about the program in Douglas County,” said Craft. “This offers a choice for our children.”

A musical ensemble from New Manchester High School performed several pieces throughout the event, led by Damien Gaiters, fine arts department chair and director of bands. Students performing were Ebony Antoine, Robby Gamble and Devin Witt.

Douglas County School Superintendent Gordon Pritz stressed to the gathering how important business community support is to the school system.

“We face many challenges in Douglas County schools,” he said. “We can’t do it without your help. You are so, so important.”

Mike Smith, manager at the Walmart on Thornton Road, shared why his company was a partner.

“This is all about time and giving,” he said.

“We encourage our associates to become mentors, and we encourage them to get involved with Job Shadow day,” Smith said, in reference to a program allowing students to follow workers.

He added, “It is not all about financials.”

Students, staff and community have been served by the Douglas County Partners in Education program for more than two decades, said Karen Stroud, school system community relations director.

“All Partners in Education relationships are individually designed to have a positive impact on student achievement and provide a hands-on opportunity for businesses and organizations to share their expertise, time, ideas and experience to enrich the students in the community,” said Stroud.

To become a Partner in Education, contact Stroud at Karen.stroud@douglas.k12.ga.us or call (770) 651-2037.
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Adam Shelton
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January 25, 2013
Very nice article about the community of Douglas. Congratulations Beth Walsh of the Atlanta Dream on being apart of a positive function.
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