PITTSBORO — Jaime Detzi, executive director of the Chatham Education Foundation, is the most recent recipient of Chatham County Schools’ Power of One award. The award is made monthly to honor an individual who has made an extraordinary difference through their actions.
“Ms. Detzi has worked tirelessly in support of Chatham County Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. “She is extremely deserving of this award and her advocacy work has had a tremendous impact on what we can do for our students. For instance, the Foundation is working to raise funds now to help our district expand our college readiness AVID program to include all middle and high schools.”
In addition to fundraising for District needs, the Foundation also issues annual grants to assist teachers with innovative, engaging classroom resources and supports literacy in partnership with CCS through its Chatham Reads and Books on Break. Books on Break puts approximately 14,000 new, high-interest books into the hands of 2,200 Chatham County Schools’ students each May.
“I am honored that the district has awarded me this honor. We have such a strong partnership, and I hope my work continues to make a difference for students in Chatham County Schools,” Detzi said. “Equitable educational opportunities are vital to a strong and bright future for this community, and I want to be part of ensuring that for all our children.”
Detzi will be recognized at the February Board of Education meeting.
The district began awarding the Power of One award in conjunction with the launch of its new strategic plan at the start of the school year. Past recipients include Testing and Accountability’s Susan Hussey, Bonlee Instructional Assistant and bus driver Mary Burke, Margaret B. Pollard band teacher Rebecca Clemens and Seaforth sophomore Kyle Stinson.
Anyone who would like to nominate a student, staff member or community stakeholder for the Power of One award can find the form at www.chatham.k12.nc.us. To learn more about the Chatham Education Foundation, visit www.chathameducationfoundation.org.