Saturday March 20: Changing the Picture for Athens Children Celebration
Please join us this Saturday, March 20, at 7 pm for our annual Changing the Picture for Athens Children Celebration. In light of the pandemic, this year’s celebration will be virtual.
We will celebrate the work of Family Connection-Communities In Schools and its partners, and we will honor Hank Huckaby for his decades of work promoting better outcomes for children in Athens and beyond. this year’s Changing the Picture for Athens Children Awards Celebration Saturday, March 20, 7:00 pm.
We still accept sponsorships and ticket sales – http://fc-cis.org/changing-the-picture-for-athens-children-awards-celebration/ – but please join us whether or not you contribute.
You’ll hear about great work in the schools, in the neighborhoods, and in the broad community. And you’ll hear about the great work of Hank Huckaby through the years.
As Director of the Georgia Office of Planning & Budget under Governor Zell Miller, Henry M. “Hank” Huckaby was a key leader in establishing Georgia Family Connection (including a focus on results-based accountability), Georgia PreK, Hope Scholarship, and the largest teacher pay raises in Georgia history.
At the University of Georgia, he was a strong supporter of FC-CIS of Athens. He was a key partner in the Partners for a Prosperous Athens antipoverty initiative, and worked behind the scenes to bring UGA employee salaries above the poverty level.
Upon retiring from the University, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and immediately named a floor leader for the new Governor. He played a key role behind the scenes in saving state funding for Family Connection, thwarting an effort to move the money to an ineffective but politically connection program.
The Governor then persuaded him to serve as Chancellor of the Board of Regents, where he continued his commitment to education for all Georgians, including partnerships of the University System with the Technical College System, Department of Education (K-12), and Department of Early Care & Learning.
He continued to serve upon his second retirement, including engagement in Athens Rotary Club, service on the Board of the Athens Area Community Foundation and advocacy for funds to help students at Athens Tech and UGA for personal emergencies so that they can continue their education, and other activities.
See you at 7 on Saturday!