CANTON, GA (May 23, 2023) – The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, in partnership with WLJA 101.1 FM and Enjoy Cherokee Magazine, is recognizing retiring educators from the Cherokee County School District by donating funds to the Sequoyah Regional Library System. The funds will be used to purchase books for the library branches located in Cherokee County. The books will include a label recognizing all faculty, staff and administrators who retired during the 2022-2023 school year. Each retiree will receive notification that a book is being donated in their honor.

“This is the fifteenth year the Chamber has acknowledged retiring educators for their valuable contribution to the lives of students in Cherokee County. The Chamber is pleased to partner with WLJA 101.1 FM and Enjoy Cherokee Magazine in this tribute to Cherokee County’s educators,” shared Chamber President & CEO Pam Carnes.


Pictured (L to R): Randy Gravley, President & CEO, WLJA 101.1 FM / Enjoy Cherokee Magazine; Angela Cortellino, Executive Director, Sequoyah Regional Library System; and Pam Carnes, President & CEO, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce


About Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee

The Education Committee directs a variety of initiatives that build and enhance relationships between businesses and local schools. The committee oversees the Partners in Education program which annually recognizes businesses for their commitment to education. The group, in conjunction with the Going Green Committee, coordinates an annual ‘Green’ event for elementary students while also recognizing retiring educators from the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) and collecting/delivering supplies for students in CCSD Title 1 schools via the School Supply Express. The group’s Remote Reader program promotes literacy and the fun of reading by encouraging community volunteers to read/record a story to be posted to the Chamber’s YouTube channel. The readers and their books are then promoted to local schools and the community at large. Committee members also learn first-hand about the continuous educational developments in our community.

Why Partner?

There are many partnership success stories each making an impact on the schools in Cherokee County. Volunteer opportunities are whatever people want them to be, as just one hour can make a difference in the life of a child. As business leaders you need to develop the human capital that exists right here in the community. Your future leaders and employees are eager to know you, learn from you and be inspired by you!

Partnering is not just about filing papers in the front office. Partnering is about mentoring students, volunteering for special functions, providing internships and/or job shadowing opportunities, sponsoring school clubs, helping with incentive awards for achievement and/or attendance, serving as a judge for a school event, participating in career fairs, providing tours of local businesses for students, sharing resources, reading to a class, and many more!

As you can see, there are many ways for you to make a difference in the lives of Cherokee County students.

Become a Partner in Education today!

The mission of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee is to support educational excellence by fostering relationships between businesses and schools.


Jason Blakey, Chair
Credit Union of Georgia

Lisa Arrington
Mary Kay Cosmetics

Marianne Butler
Homeless Coalition Cherokee

Armetrice Cabine
Armetrice Photography

Dana Callan

Michael Cicero
Taylor English Duma LLP

Lori Clemons
Delta Community Credit Union

Penny Dempsey
Cherokee Co. School District

Amber de Marche
Georgia Platinum Mortgage

Greg Elder
MUST Ministries

Lori Flink
Allegro Business Products

Rebekah Gibson
Cherokee County Farm Bureau

Jo Havey
Bells Ferry Learning Center

Lisa-Marie Haygood
Cherokee Co. Educational Foundation

Michelle Henschel
Pinnacle Orthopaedics

Kathleen Homschek
Sull Graphics

Jason Ingram
Goodwill of North Georgia

Kendall Jones
MUST Ministries

Diane Kelly
Divinely Aligned Holistic Healing

Sheila Keefe
His Hands Church

Marc Liscio
Cherokee County Fire & Em. Serv.

John Marinko
Cherokee Co. Airport Authority

Michelle Meek
The Children’s Haven, Inc.

Terri Miramonti
Kona Ice

Jon Pope
Hasty Pope

Janet Read Welch
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Tracey Satterfield Martin
Live Clean, Inc.

Lynne Saunders
Encompass Ministries

Ron Sweatland
Orcannus Technology

Robert Van Alstyne
Sequoyah High School

John Wallace
Marietta Marine



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