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CCSD awarded 2023 Leading Edge Award for economically disadvantaged student programs

Nicole Jordan

The Georgia School Board Association has announced the Clarke County School District as one of the winners of the 2023 Leading Edge Award, which recognizes school systems throughout the state for their innovative strategies used to promote student engagement and achievement.

CCSD secured the award through its partnership with the University of North Georgia’s Oconee campus on the Nighthawks Student Opportunities for Accelerated Readiness summer academic enrichment initiative.

The three-week immersive program, launched in 2019, is designed for middle school students from economically disadvantaged or non-native English-speaking homes who CCSD believes would benefit from academic engagement through the summer break.

CCSD was presented the Leading Edge Award on Friday, Dec. 1, during the Awards Breakfast at the GSBA’s annual conference in Atlanta. Superintendent Dr. Robbie Hooker and Board of Education President Dr. LaKeisha Gantt accepted the award on the district’s behalf.

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