Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta hosted a memorable celebration to distinguish academic and life accomplishments of students. The students' stories touched the hearts of more than 240 family, friends, educators, elected officials and special guests during the 10th Annual Choose Success Awards Dinner Gala at the Carlos Community Center Thursday, May 1.
Event emcee Monica Pearson
of Kiss 104.1FM lead the program while Freddie Falcon
and Captain Planet
made special appearances to energize the crowd.
The gala recognized elementary, middle and high school students from its Atlanta, DeKalb and Fulton county partner schools for making significant improvements in their attendance, behavior and attendance, and for engaging in service projects that positively impacted their communities.
Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School took first place for their service project in providing more than 75 food baskets to 30 families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday season. The winning group walked away with a $500 award to help continue providing community service.
Individual Student Achievement Award recipients shared their personal heartfelt stories of social and economic hardships and triumphs through interviews featured on video. Students were awarded with T-shirts, certificates, Nook e-readers, bicycles and $100 gift cards.
To view the videos of student profiles shown at the event, please click here.
, CEO of YourDailySuccessTip.com and a Fortune 500 success strategist, awarded two graduating seniors from West End Academy Performance Learning Center with Chrome Book laptops.
Guest presenters included Rob Wilson
, talk show host on WVEE 103FM and WAOK 1380AM, and Leesa Carter
, executive director of the Captain Planet Foundation.
A special award presentation was also given to media proprietor of Cox Enterprises, Anne Cox Chambers
, honoring her contributions to CIS of Atlanta and for her philanthropic efforts. Executive Vice President for Cox Enterprises Alex Taylor
, and grandson of Chambers, accepted the award on her behalf.
The event was sponsored by Coca-Cola, WSB-TV, AT&T and others.
Check out the photo gallery from the gala below:
Photos courtesy of ProgressiveImagesPhoto.com