The military and school partnership of Columbus & Lowndes County is the Second Place winner of the 2019 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence earning an Exemplary Partnership designation in the category of Total Community Partnership. The award was presented on July 23, 2019 at the Military Child Education Coalition’s Annual National Training Seminar in Washington D.C. Among the 5 total Military Instillation/Community partnerships recognized on July 23rd, Columbus Air Force Base/Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce was awarded second place.
Programs and initiatives the Chamber produces that impact the military children of Columbus Air Force Base attending school in Columbus and Lowndes County include Education Awards Program, Educators Are Essential, Pilot for A Day, Lowndes Young Leaders, Lemonade Day, Education Town Hall and 2019 Senior Send-off. These programs, among other community programs, were included in the submission by Columbus Air Force Base that was awarded the 2019 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award.
The Chamber produces quality and impactful programming year after year. In the Education Committee and youth leadership program, Lowndes Young Leaders, military students stationed at Columbus Air Force Base are often awarded scholarships, selected to participate, and more.
The partnership was judged by the Military Child Education Coalition for the depth, magnitude, and positive outcomes of the partnership as well as evidence of sustainability and origination of ideas.
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