Georgia United Credit Union Awards Whit Davis Elementary School $5,000 “School Crashers” Runner-Up Grant

ATHENS, GA (August 12, 2014) — CONGRATULATIONS to Georgia United Credit Union’s five School Crasher Runner-Up Makeover Grant Recipients, including Whit Davis Elementary in Clarke County! These schools were announced by CEO Debbie Smith at the conclusion of Grand Prize Winner Chapel Hill Elementary’s Makeover Project. Chapel Hill was chosen from among 752nominations from schools across the state to receive a School Crashers facilities makeover. Numerous school improvements – from new carpeting, landscaping and ground cover to wall murals – were accomplished with 150 community volunteers and numerous corporate donors on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26.

  • Cary Reynolds Elementary, Doraville – DeKalb County – $10,000 grant
  • Valley Point Elementary, Dalton – Whitfield County – $5,000 grant
  • SAGE School, Suwanee – $5000 grant
  • Whit Davis Elementary, Athens – Clarke County – $5000 grant
  • East Laurens High, Dublin – Laurens County – $5000 grant

Check presentations were made at each of these “Runner-Up” schools this week, with Whit Davis Elementary receiving their check at Tuesday evening’s PTO/Faculty Meeting.  These schools were selected from among the original School Crasher finalists – and are just a few of the many deserving schools educating students in communities across the state.

Here are a few additional details about Whit Davis’ winning nomination:

Whit Davis Elementary School Clarke County


1450 Whit Davis Road, Athens, GA 30605


Contact: Derrick Maxwell, Principal



$5,000 Outdoor Classroom Grant Winner


Excerpt from one of the Nominations: Whit Davis is an amazing school! We have a very diverse population in every way and yet we all feel like family. I’ve served as PTO president last year and the support of our principal, teachers, and parents makes this a truly unique place. Our school was due for a major renovation and due to budget cuts we got an interior facelift but many areas that needed attention were not addressed. The outdoor spaces were essentially ignored. We have a track that is cracked and unsafe, only 4 swings for over 300 students in the 3rd-5th grades and ugly trailers that are needed for extra classrooms but at least be could be “beautified.” We also have a very active group of teachers, parents and students that would like to work on a school garden, orchard and outdoor classroom space but we need additional help and funding to make this a reality.     We are a Title One school and are trying to place an emphasis on health and wellness to the whole school population. This project could directly benefit our entire school- from introducing kids to where healthy food comes from to providing better facilities for outdoor exercise. Our principal, teachers, students and PTO are in full support of getting “crashed” and there would be people power to help.     Thank you for considering Whit Davis Elementary!


About Georgia United Credit Union
Georgia United Credit Union is ranked as one of the top credit unions in Georgia in both size and safety at $990 million in assets, 128,000 members and 16 branch locations, including two in Athens.  Georgia United seeks to make members’ lives easier by offering products, services and education to help members meet their needs and achieve their goals.

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(Photo Caption) Georgia United Credit Union named Whit Davis Elementary School as one of five Runner-Up Schools to receive school improvement grants –as part of their summer School Crashers Makeover program. Whit Davis Past PTO Chair Shannah Montgomery; Whit Davis Principal Derrick Maxwell; and Whit Davis PTO Chair Ani Fischer are shown here accepting the $5K grant from Georgia United’s Athens District Director Bill Bland.


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