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WCS parent mentor receives statewide award

Whitfield County Schools would like to congratulate our own Erin Arledge for receiving the 2021 Phil Pickens Leadership Award for Parent Mentors!

Mrs. Arledge has been the parent mentor in Whitfield County Schools for 18 years. "She is especially helpful with post secondary options, including assisting parents with the Medicaid waiver," said Ruthie Rule, Exceptional Student Services Director for Whitfield County Schools, "and has developed a comprehensive manual that details resources available for children with disabilities and their families." 

The Phil Pickens Leadership Award is a state-wide award chosen by the Parent Mentor Partnership, a Georgia Department of Education initiative. The Parent Mentor Partnership places a parent of a special needs student in a school system to improve outcomes for students with disabilities by enhancing communication and collaboration between families, educators and the community.

Thank you, Mrs. Arledge, for your commitment to serving the special needs students of Whitfield County Schools and their families, and congratulations on this well-deserved honor!