Thomasville Times Enterprise

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June 4, 2014

BEE partner honored

THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville Junior Service League (JSL) has been named Thomas County Schools BEE Partner of the Year for 2013 - 2014.  The Business and Education Exchange (BEE) Partner of the Year is chosen from the outstanding BEE Partners who work with Thomas County Schools to strengthen the link among schools, businesses/industries, and the community.

The announcement was made at the annual Superintendent’s Breakfast where the BEE Partner of the Year nominees were honored.  The Superintendent’s Breakfast is sponsored by the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce, one of the active connections between Thomas County Schools and the business community of Thomasville and Thomas County.

Prior to the announcement, Dr. Bob Dechman, Director of Federal Programs, Accountability, and Assessment, commented, “Each BEE Partner makes a lasting impact on the lives of Thomas County students and staff, and we are all better as a result of these relationships.”

Thomasville Junior Service League, a non-profit women’s organization dedicated to serving and meeting the needs of children and youth in our community, directly impacts the lives of hundreds of students across grade levels at Thomas County Middle School, as well as other schools in the Thomas County School System and in the community.  

Thomas County Middle School nominated Junior Service League for the distinguished BEE Partner of the Year Award.

“Our partnership with JSL helped us to meet an important objective which is to provide positive role models for our students,” said Dr. Kathy Keown, Thomas County Middle School Principal.  “Our partnership with this organization is unique in that it has a long-standing relationship with our school and system.  JSL goes above and beyond in order that the children in our community have the resources they need.  They provide opportunities for students to experience things they would otherwise not be able to experience such as sponsoring children on field trips and providing personal technology for ESOL students.  Our faculty and staff, since they are aware of the great resource JSL is for children in our community, work to support their JSL fundraisers.”

In addition to providing funds to students in need, JSL provides a unique opportunity for a group of eighth grade girls by treating them to a special day that includes a makeover, shopping spree, lunch and a motivational speech.  Junior Service League also has a rich history of providing healthcare for the students at Thomas County Middle School and all schools in the community.  They support the eye glass program that allows students to receive a free eye exam and glasses, providing more than $7,000 on this program so far this year.  

When announcing the Partner of the Year, Thomas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dusty Kornegay highlighted the JSL Organization’s benefits to the schools.

“There are so many ways that the Junior Service League impacts our school system,” Dr. Kornegay said.  “From the beginning of the school year, JSL has already donated services in excess of $13,000.  The organization will spend a total of approximately $25,000 by the end of the fiscal year.  They have been doing this for many years, and they will continue to make this kind of generous contribution to our students year after year.”


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