Dalton Public Schools received one of United Way's Five-Star Champion Awards for going above and beyond to champion the organization. In addition to a successful employee campaign raising almost $30K, Dalton Middle School held its first United Way dodgeball tournament last fall, resulting in students contributing more than $1,200 to the district campaign.
Thanks to the leadership of Co-Chairs Dr. Jim Hawkins, superintendent, and Dr. Lisa Edwards, assistant principal at Park Creek School, the campaign exceeded amounts raised in years past.
Dr. Edwards said giving back to the community is important to her and that, as part of the DPS family, she has participated in many community support activities. "I believe that DPS has a very generous faculty who wants to support our students, parents and co-workers. I was honored to accept this award with Dr. Hawkins on behalf of DPS," she said. "We hope to continue our momentum as we prepare for this year's campaign, participating in the United Way Kick Off Trike Race."
"We are grateful for Dr. Edwards and her hard work coordinating, scheduling, presenting and organizing all that was needed to execute a successful campaign," said Dr. Hawkins. "Her contributions help set the example and allow us to further emphasize values of good citizenship, philanthropy and volunteerism to our students."
"I think it is important to discuss with children at a young age the significance of supporting the community you live in any way you can," said Edwards. "A lot of DPS students, and even staff members, have received support from a United Way agency. When you review the data, the lives touched by United Way in our community is overwhelming."
In order to qualify as a Five-Star United Way Champion, the campaign must meet the following criteria:
- CEO supports the campaign with a personal and corporate gift
- Appoint a dynamic United Way team to lead the employee campaign
- Employees go on United Way Impact Tours to see their investment at work
- Employees are asked to give, the campaign is up over last year and results are reported to the United Way by October 31
- The company has employees who volunteer with United Way through volunteer projects, board service, etc.
The award was presented at the United Way of Northwest Georgia Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards on March 7. More than 200 local companies hold employee campaigns for The United Way, and 60 companies make corporate gifts. This year, there were 12,000 individual donors, which allowed The United Way to surpass the 2016 campaign goal of $3.8 million.
(Top, Left): Five-Star Champion Award
(Middle, Right): United Way Campaign Chair Tom Bundros, Dr. Lisa Edwards, Dr. Jim Hawkins and United Way President Amanda Burt at the Awards Ceremony
(Bottom, Left): Dalton Middle School Student Ambassadors present check from Dodgeball Tournament to United Way