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Partners In Education

Thank you for considering a partnership with the Columbia County School District!

The goals of our Partner in Education program include:

Recognizing and rewarding student and staff achievements and accomplishments
To enrich and expand the instructional and whole-student support programs within our schools
And to provide meaningful connections and experiences between students and the business world.

The elements of the Partners In Education Program center around four components:

  • Student Motivation
  • Achievement & Support
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Community Service & Involvement
  • Business Appreciation
Each partnership should actively strive to fulfill at least one or more of the four component areas. Additionally, all partnerships must be approved by the Columbia County Board of Education. 

School Partnerships

Activities with Partners in Education might include mentoring, tutoring, volunteering, speaking to groups of students, and cash or in-kind contributions designed to support the students and teachers. School principals have the responsibility for ensuring that all activities and contributions are wholesome and sound and that they have a direct relationship to the educational process. Partners can contribute to one school or many. If you have one school or several in mind that you would like to partner with specifically, we will put you in touch with the right person to get started changing the lives of students in our district! 

District Partnerships

Cash and in-kind contributions are utilized to support district initiatives including, but not limited to: the Teacher of the Year Banquet, Principals' Conferences, School Bus Driver Appreciation Banquet, Superintendent's Advisory Committees,  Spelling Bee, Retirement Reception, New Teacher Induction, teacher screening and recruitment, school nurses, technology, district publications, and social worker endeavors.  Many of these activities would not be possible without the help of our Partners in Education because they cannot be funded using tax dollars.

For more information or to become a Partner in Education, contact (706) 541-2723 Ext. 5221 or

Employee Incentive Program

The Employee Incentive Program was developed to reward Columbia County School District employees and to support local businesses.  By offering discounts or other advantages to our employees, participating businesses in our community help stretch salaries and assist in attracting excellent teachers and support personnel from surrounding areas. Through the employee incentive program, district employees present their up to date ID Badges for stated discounts and incentives at our participating businesses. Please contact the Human Resources Department at (706) 855-3840 for more information about the Employee Incentive Program.

How does my partnership benefit the school and community?

Partnerships directly benefit children by being positive role models. Partners give students the incentives they need to excel. Your business can prepare students to enter the workforce by developing career awareness and showing them how businesses operate. Partners In Education make\ for a tightly knit community since businesses and schools work together to reach a common goal -giving students a well-rounded education.

Who can become a partner?

You can! Whether your business is large or just a one-person operation or civic club, or you are an individual wanting to make an impact, you can make a valuable contribution to the education of children in Columbia County. Each partnership is unique. Partnerships may be established with government agencies, businesses, colleges, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, social or community service clubs, or any group or person committed to improving education. A partner can become involved with one school; with the entire school system or with district-wide programs like our Special Services Programs supporting special education, Wraparound Services, Transportation, Nutrition, Health, CTAE, Vocational or Technology efforts, among many others.


Our Valued Partners in Education