By Dianne Yost
Nearly 500 Morgan County School System employees were honored at a luncheon at Farmview Market Tuesday, May 30 in Madison for their tireless work to educate the children of Morgan County.
Attendees included bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, secretaries, clerks, receptionists, counselors, school resource officers, paraprofessionals, media center specialist, bookkeepers, technology techs, coaches, administrators and teachers.
Morgan County Charter School System Superintendent James Woodard wanted to host an event to thank all employees for their contribution to a quality school system. Last year, Woodard organized a “cookie and cake” event to honor the staff and this year he wanted to create more of a community effort.
Farmview Market owner Keith Kelly offered to host the event at his open-air barn at Farmview and Madison Morgan County Chamber of Commerce President and Economic Director Bob Hughes reached out to local businesses for sponsorships. In total, their efforts garnered some $10,000 in sponsorships from local businesses to cover expenses and to provide cash door prizes, including one $1,000 prize, two $500 prizes and 25 $100 prizes.
Platinum Sponsors included Rock House Creamery, Farmview Market, Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce/Partners In Education, United Bank, Grounded Engineering Services and Purcell Truck Wash. Gold Sponsors included Bank of Madison, Jim Boyd Agency, Parrish Construction, Jones, Ewing Dobbs & Tamplin and Steak ‘N Shake. Silver Sponsors included Morgan Stanley, Madison Realty and Alexander & Company. Bronze Sponsors included Structured Technologies, Metro Communications, Morris Law Firm and Georgia Power.
“There are two types of employees in the school system: First teachers. Everyone else supports the teachers. Everyone in the school system is important to the big picture,” said Woodard.