Georgia Power named Business Partner of the Year
Georgia Power named Business Partner of the Year
Posted on 04/06/2011

Georgia Power was named the 2011 Floyd County Schools Business Partner of the Year at the April meeting of the Floyd County Board of Education. Russell Busch, Kathy Waters and Janet Spivey accepted the award for Georgia Power at the April 5, 2011 meeting. Georgia Power was nominated for the award by Alto Park Elementary and the Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy.

Dr. Aaron Anderson, principal of Alto Park Elementary spoke of Georgia Power’s participation in the school’s mentor program in reading the nomination to the board. He said, “Each year, Georgia Power provides Alto Park Elementary direct support using what we consider their most important resource, the people of Georgia Power.” Georgia Power’s mentor coordinator, Janet Spivey, works with Alto Park’s school counselor to identify children who would benefit from a mentor each year. These mentors are then released from their work day on a regular basis to come to Alto Park and spend quality time with students. The Georgia Power employees provide encouragement and serve as a positive role model for the students. The mentor program has been in place for many years and some of the mentors from Georgia Power have stayed with the students throughout their elementary school years. Dr. Anderson added, “Our students love to see their Georgia Power friends walk in the doors of our school!”

Frank Pinson, CEO of the Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy, also spoke of Georgia Power’s work at his school. He told the board,” Georgia Power has been an integral partner in the development of the charter school and is supportive of the career aspirations of the school's students as mentors and with funding for scholarships.” Georgia Power provides valuable scholarships to students at the Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy. Terry Surratt, a graduate of Pepperell High, received a $500.00 scholarship from Georgia Power last year. Surratt is now attending Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta. 

The Business Partner of the Year Awards are presented each year in April. The Floyd County Business Education Partnership program involves over 120 businesses in the area. The partnership between local schools and area businesses benefit the children of Floyd County Schools.