Bascomb Elementary School teacher Kim Shotts was surprised last Friday with her prize for winning the contest, which encouraged Cherokee County School District employees to wear their CCEF 2014 T-shirts as they traveled during summer break.
Employees shared photos of their travels to foreign countries to visit loved ones and to learn, as well as images of educators visiting states across the U.S. and staying home in Cherokee County to teach summer school classes.
Foundation Board President Billy Hasty said he anticipated the contest would spread CCEF’s message across the country, “but we didn’t expect Australia,” he said, leading to a round of laughs from Shotts’ colleagues, who were present for the surprise.
The advertised prize was a $100 Visa gift card co-sponsored by CCEF Partner, Credit Union of Georgia and Hasty. Inspired by the story of Shotts’ trip to Australia to visit her daughter who lives there, he made the surprise even greater by giving her another $100 to her, adding to a total $200 prize.
She entered photos of herself in the Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory (10,166.98 miles) and at Sydney Harbor (9,322 miles).
“I had to go see my baby,” Shotts said as she accepted her prize.
Hasty said the contest, which will be continued next summer, helped raise awareness about CCEF’s mission: to support students and staff of the CCSD by promoting teaching and learning and celebrating achievements. The Foundation seeks funding and resources to enrich CCSD schools in areas not fully funded in the regular school program.
“We are so honored to be able to do this work to raise funds that we put directly into the schools to help the students,” said Hasty, noting that his father, former Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools the late William “Bill” G. Hasty Sr., inspired his passion for public education.
The Foundation, which was founded in the fall of 2012 at the suggestion of School Board Chair Janet Read, has donated more than $20,000 to CCSD through grants to teachers, schools and programs and scholarships to students.
The next CCEF fundraiser is its annual golf tournament, which is on Sept. 30 at Woodmont Golf and Country Club. Sponsors, silent auction items and foursomes are needed.
For information, visit www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation.org