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April 4, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Education & Leadership

Leadership Hall County


Partners in Education Spotlight

Leadership Hall County's Make a Difference Day included visits to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County and Challenged Child & Friends. Gateway Domestic Violence Center gave a presentation on domestic violence and safety followed by a presentation on community safety and sex trafficking led by the GBI and MANS Unit. United Way of Hall County led the group in an eye-opening, hands-on poverty simulation exercise. Habitat for Humanity of Hall County led the class on a tour of their subdivision of houses in various stages of construction, and the class finished the day by volunteering to sort food and merchandise at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Thank you program sponsors: Lakeview Academy, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County and Conditioned Air Systems.

Youth Leadership Hall Kubota employees and volunteer mentors help Martin Technology Academy of Math & Science students improve engineering designs for an engineering design challenge.

Students from Martin Technology Academy of Math & Science enjoy a special relationship with Kubota employees who go above and beyond to make themselves available for the learning needs of students – spending quality time inside and outside of the classroom and readily responding by sending more volunteers than requested to work directly with students.

Youth Leadership Hall Students at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. The Etiquette and Lake Life program began with Ballroom Dance Lessons by Attorney Carla Walker, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker. Juli Clay, Mass Communications Department Chair, Brenau University, taught Effective Communication and Correspondence. Connie Davis, Director of Tastefully Growing Up, instructed the students on social etiquette. Rope Roberts, Region Economic Development Manager with Georgia Power, presented The Basics of Economic Development. At Lake Lanier Olympic Park, Morgan House gave an overview of the venue and Renee Carden, Lake Lanier CVB, challenged the students with an Interactive Scavenger Hunt. Thank you Chattahoochee Country Club for sponsoring the program.

Kubota employees recently met with individual groups of students to help them improve their engineering designs for the 3rd Grade Engineering Design Contest, and then came back to help students participate in the final competition. They even provided rewards for the winning teams! "Kubota is always willing to help support our students in any way, and they are an amazing partner in education," said Dr. Ley Hathcock, Principal, Martin Technology Academy. Partners in Education Program welcomes new partners: East Hall Middle School and Homestar Financial Corporation; and Friendship Elementary and Legacy MMA Club. For info on Partners in Education and how your organization can get involved, call Andi Harmon, 770-532-6206 x 113. Email:

Academy of Innovation

The Wisdom Keepers

Vision 2030 Wisdom Project Graduates – Wisdom Keepers – pictured with Governor Nathan Deal on March 6 when, at Senator Butch Miller's invitation, they spent the day at the Capitol. For information on the senior leadership program, contact Kathy Amos, Center for Lifetime Study/BULLI, 770-538-4705.

Ava White, founder of Ava White Academy & Tutorials, cuts the ribbon with board members, students, teachers, staff and friends to celebrate the unveiling of their new name, Academy of Innovation (AOI). The new name and 501 (c)(3) status provide an opportunity to enhance the school’s learning environment, make its services available to more students in the community, and allows for grants, endowments, scholarships and gifts. “We were seeing a consistent flow of students applying for our program who would benefit from our unique and intensive learning environment, but did not have the means to afford private school tuition,” said White. “Coupled with the strategic program growth outlined by our board and a focus on creating an enhanced learning environment for our students, it was time to take the next step in our organization’s journey.” 1399 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-536-6898.


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