Brookwood Recognized as Top 25 Small Business for 2nd year.

Acworth, Georgia (June 26, 2020) – Brookwood Christian just received notification from the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce that we are being honored as one of Cobb County’s 2020 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Each year, the Chamber celebrates the achievements of small businesses that contribute to the vitality of the community by announcing the Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Cobb County is home to many fast growing small businesses, and as a pro-business advocacy organization, the Cobb Chamber is committed to supporting these businesses.

“We are very honored to be named one of the Top 25 Businesses for the 2nd year in a row”, said Kim Wigington, founder and Headmaster at Brookwood, “Two years ago we were in the process of finishing construction on our new building and now we are working on filling the extra space and serving more students who struggle with reading. This recognition highlights the hard work of all our staff and our families, especially with the distance learning challenges of this year.”

In addition to Brookwood Christian School, the following businesses were also named one of the 2020 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year:

All Roof Solutions, Artisan Custom Closets, CFO Navigator, CROFT & Associates, Deluxe Athletics, LLC, Digital Yalo, DynamiX, Eclipse Networks, Inc., Fulfillment Strategies International, LLC, Georgia Trade School, Governors Gun Club, id8 Agency, InPrime Legal, Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team, K Mike Whittle Designs Inc., Manay CPA, Inc., Mills Specialty Metals, LLC, The Partnership of Atlanta, Inc., Ruby-Collins, Inc., Southeastern Engineering, Inc., Stablegold Hospitality, LLC, Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique, Vertisys, Win-Tech, Inc.

Congratulations to all of them for receiving this recognition, we know what an honor it is.

An overall winner will be selected among the Top 25 and announced on August 10 at the Small Business of the Year Breakfast at the Coca-Cola Roxy. The top winner is determined by a thorough selection process including applications and site visits by a panel of outside judges. The breakfast will honor the Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year and the Small Business Hall of Fame inductees.

For more information about the Small Businesses of the Year awards, contact Jani Dix at 770-859-2335 or email.

Media Contacts:

Tammy Urban
Director of Development
Brookwood Christian School
email
678-401-5855

SENIOR PROFILE: Shauntell


Week #3: Each senior is being featured on Facebook and Instagram and we will also share pictures from their final day celebration for just them 🙂

“I have been at Brookwood Christian for 9 years. My favorite thing about Brookwood is that it feels more like a family than just a school. My advice to 8th & 9th graders is don’t try to always fit in, be yourself.”

Shauntell plans to work at the Acworth Jail and then attend the Police Academy, among her hobbies are participating in the Acworth Police Department‘s Acworth Explorers Program, dancing, and hiking.

“My long term career plan is to become a K-9 police officer for the Acworth Police Department. I eventually see myself with a career in law enforcement helping people and my community.”

#ClassOf2020 #2020Unique #2020Strong

SENIOR PROFILE: Patrick

Week #3: Each senior is being featured on Facebook and Instagram and we will also share pictures from their final day celebration for just them 🙂

“I have been attending Brookwood Christian for 2 years. What I really love about this school is the class sizes, the teachers, especially the way they teach, and my friends. I would tell those in 8th/9th grade to make sure you show up and do your homework.”

Patrick plans to attend Westminster College in Missouri as well as continuing his hobbies such as off-roading, cars, birds, drones, and flying model planes.

“After completing school at Westminster College, I hope to pursue a career in software developing and quality engineering. I hope to eventually own my own home and have a successful career.”

#ClassOf2020 #2020Unique #2020Strong

SENIOR PROFILE: Will

Week #3: Each senior is being featured on Facebook and Instagram and we will also share pictures from their final day celebration for just them 🙂

“I have been at Brookwood Christian since 2016. My favorite thing about Brookwood was being able to make friends who were different from me. My advice for those beginning high school is to stand up for what you believe is right, even if it is scary and painful.”

Will plans to attend Chattahoochee Technical College to complete his core classes then  transfer to Kennesaw State University. He enjoys discovering 1950’s through 1990’s music like Sam Cook, Bread, Dan Fogelberg, Seals and Crofts, and The Spinners.


From the MercyMe concert in November 2019. From left to right: Will, opening act, Micah Tyler, and Will’s sister, Alicia.

“After completing my core classes at Chattahoochee Technical College, I plan to major in Mathematics at Kennesaw State University . I am focusing on math in college to find a specific area that I can find a career in. Then, I can enjoy my career path. I hope to get married, and I will hopefully have Will Jr. I am excited for my future.”

#ClassOf2020 #2020Unique #2020Strong

SENIOR PROFILE: Elizabeth

Week #3: Each senior is being featured on Facebook and Instagram and we will also share pictures from their final day celebration for just them 🙂

“I have been at Brookwood for almost 2 and a half years. My favorite thing about this school is the learning environment. It allows me to speak on what is on my mind. If I were to give advice to 8th/9th graders I would tell them to focus these next four years because these years set you up for your future, but to also have fun and enjoy yourself because these can be some of the best years of your life.”


Elizabeth plans to attend Chattahoochee Technical College and then continue at Kennesaw State University. She plans to continue enjoying her recent hobbies such as hiking and rock climbing, and by the looks of the picture, possibly also herpetology! 😉🐍

“After I finish 2 years at Chattahoochee Technical College , I plan to study early childhood education at
Kennesaw State University I am not sure where I see myself in 10 years. I want to just take life how it comes at the moment.”

#ClassOf2020 #2020Unique #2020Strong

Distance Learning Success!

Over the last year, when people have asked me, “How are the ‘kids’?” my heart has warmed. For the first time ever, they were all thriving. They were all happy. Then, 2020 rolled around. We were met with tragedy. Then our nation was met with something unknown to all of us. In a few days, Coronavirus morphed from something half a world away and took over our daily lives. We were not really prepared. 

Digital, or distance learning, was never something I had considered for my two students who have found a home at Brookwood Christian Language School. It had been a “happy place” for my eldest but my younger two students have been happy or successful but not both and at the same time. There has always been a struggle somewhere. What would this mean for them? 

I am watching friends with students in a number of settings really suffer with the “new normal” but while my two would much rather be physically at school, they are still learning. They are still ENGAGED in learning and they are as happy as it is possible to be at this time. I credit their teachers and the staff at Brookwood. 

Please let me walk you through the day of a lower building student and an upper building student who are both new to Brookwood this school year. 

My middle child is in the upper building. He is in the 10th grade. He has Biology, Algebra, Latin, Writing, British Literature, and U.S. History. He has a dashboard for each of his classes. His teachers all have their classes set up to meet the needs of the particular section each student is in. I can only attest to my son’s classes but they use Google Classroom and Google Meetings for “live lessons” at regularly scheduled times. It means that even in this flexible and fluid time he still has a routine. This is great for him because he is able to keep on target and up to date. 

He gets a daily status report and so do I. He gets real feedback via a live lesson or in an email depending on the class. Especially for a writing class that uses peer review and a Latin class, the ability to have spoken real time communication is key. The opportunity to discuss material in literature is also very important. Each student, guided by the teacher, brings valuable insight and personal experience and ideas to the discussion. He is still drawing and doing hands on activities for Biology. He is still getting instant feedback in mathematics. He is still going on virtual field trips that so many of  us have now experienced. 

Even though this is not the sophomore year he or I had anticipated, his world is still being enriched. He is growing and I would say meeting the situation better prepared because of the way the teachers have worked to structure this new journey to resemble the classroom as closely as possible. That is not to say that they are not flexible. We all know now how challenging “work at home” can be especially when everyone is home and trying to “work” at the same time. Although we are eager for the return to the physical classroom, this time will not have been wasted.

My youngest child is in the lower building. She is in the 6th grade and loves her school. She loves the closeness of the community of the lower building and has never been as comfortable in school as she is now. She has also never worked as hard. She likes the idea of school and she has always done the work but now she is engaged. The distance learning has not dampened her enthusiasm. The teachers are in regular communication. They send emails, make videos that are class specific, set up her dashboard in her learning system, add videos to supplement and are flexible in the way material is completed. She gets up and without being prompted is ready to learn. She still completes all of her assignments. She may do two assignments one day for a particular class and no assignments for that same class the next day but she is in charge of what she does and when as long as she gets it done. She is GROWING. I was so concerned she would not in this time. 

I have to admit, based on our experience pre Covid-19, I anticipated a good system would be in place in short order. What I never anticipated though was that she would have grown so much, in ways that I had not seen, in the classroom and that she would have become self-motivated. This is “hard” even if it is a “hardship”. She is still creating art. Some days she asks to do a different activity even though she will come back and do what has been assigned. Her teacher always embraces her creativity. Her math teacher gently redirects her efforts because she (my daughter) wants to do it by herself. She does not want me to look it over before it is sent because I do not look it over while she is in the classroom. She is writing, in cursive, happily and daily. She has always been writing resistant. She is engaged. Her Wilson Reading teacher has worked tirelessly to make something that should be in person successful. I am so proud of ALL of them.

We were not prepared for this (hopefully very temporary) “new normal” but through the diligence and grace of a team truly committed to the education of their students, the growth will be so much greater than the expected milestones this year. For this, and everything else, we are truly grateful for Brookwood. Even more, we are looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year!

Brookwood Mom, K.F.

Thank you so much for your kind words! It means so much to our staff who have worked so hard to make the unexpected a little more bearable. 🙂

#StopStruggling #StartPerforming #WeCanHelp

Student Artwork

Here’s some sample distance learning art projects for Ms. Deb’s class that students submitted through Google Classroom during the COVID-19 School Closing. Great Job students!

Please Support our Supporters

Many of you have asked about local businesses to support during the COVID-19 situation.

These local small businesses are part of the backbone of our community as well as some of our BIGGEST supporters that have supported us for years. Unfortunately, many of them are being drastically hit by this and could really use our support.

If you can, please consider visiting and supporting THEM now. Even if you just buy gift cards for later use or upcoming gifts you may need.

When you visit, let them know we appreciate and support them! 

Acworth

Acworth & Lake City Animal Hospitals
Acworth Massage Therapy
Anchor Realty 
Arkenstone Paintball
Jay Closes Loans – Bay Equity
Boykin Creative Studios
Bubolo Medical Centers
Cake House on Main

Center Street Tavern
Chick-Fil-A, Acworth & Brookstone

Cloud 9 Nail Salon & Spa
Dogwood Terrace
Fusco’s via Roma
Georgia Trade School
Happy Trails Pet Center
Henry’s Louisiana Grill
Holiday Harbor Marina
Hollister Tree Service
Kams Auto Service
Lacey Drug Company
Lake City Chiropractic
Marvon Williams, American Family Insurance Agent
Pearl’s Spa
Picnic Market & Mercantile
Raven Printing & Design
Salt & Pepper Cafe
Serendipity House
TCPics
Tom Kris & Sons Plumbing
Two LiRu Antiques & Decor
Wild Blossoms

Other Locations

Helen Haugen, Georgia Elite Realty – Kennesaw
Jefferson’s Restaurant – Cartersville
Kennesaw Driving School – Kennesaw
Lazy Guy Distillery – Kennesaw
Nagel’s Bagels – Cartersville (also available at Picnic Market & Mercantile)
Petals & Treats – Dallas
Piastra Restaurant – Marietta
Robi’s Darn Good Seasoning – Cartersville
Serendipity Designs
(Donna Kelly) – Marietta
Silva & Thomas Hair Studio (Errin Thomas) – Buckhead
Studio 151 (Jill Dunlop) – Dallas
Taqueria Tsunami – Marietta
Toccoa House Properties – Blue Ridge
Two Birds Tap House
– Marietta
The Viking Alchemist – Marietta



Brookwood Christian reaches GuideStar’s highest Seal of Transparency

Platinum Seal allows donors to focus on progress and results. [PDF Version]

Acworth, Georgia (April 8, 2020) – Brookwood Christian today earned the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, a service of Candid. By sharing metrics that highlight progress Brookwood Christian is making toward its mission,the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

“In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Tammy Urban, Director of Development, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media. These resources are going to be invaluable now, more than ever, with the current COVID-19 situation.”

To reach the Platinum level, Brookwood Christian added extensive informationto its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Brookwood Christian has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate nonprofit performance.

Sharing these metrics will be critical for Brookwood Christian during these uncertain times as they postponed two major fundraisers that raise scholarship money to aid their families who want what is best for their child(ren) with reading/processing struggles. “As the parents of a child with auditory processing disorder and several other special needs we were determined to give our son every opportunity we could for him to succeed” said Shan Burnette. “We are confident that Brookwood was the key that opened the door for our son to have everything he needs for success.”

“I encourage you to visit our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Tammy Urban. “We’re thrilled that our GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives.”

About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles
In February 2019, GuideStar joined forces with Foundation Center to form Candid, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Today, GuideStar is a service of Candid. The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. The profiles are populated with information directly from nonprofits, the IRS, and other partners in the nonprofit sector. Candid encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 13 million people who visit guidestar.org to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 200 philanthropic websites and applications that are powered by GuideStar data, such as AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good. To reach a given participation level, organizations must complete all required fields for that level. The GuideStar participation levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar database.

About Candid
Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. Candid’s data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants are the most comprehensive in the world. Find out more at candid.org and on Twitter @CandidDotOrg.

Media Contacts:
Tammy Urban
Director of Development
Brookwood Christian School
first.last@brookwoodchristian.com
678-401-5855

Spring Break

We hope that each and every one of you enjoy your spring break. We know that many will not be doing this the way they planned, and that we are all getting creative with how we use this time. Know that we miss all of our students and families, and we will certainly be ready to go back to real school in the fall more than ever!

We’ll see everyone online again Monday, April 13. Stay safe, stay healthy, and make your own fun and memories, different yes, but still enjoyable!

Please share pictures on our Facebook page of what you are doing this spring break or tag our Instagram account, We want to see what everyone is doing! ❤️ #BCSSpringBreak2020