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GCSU Employee receives Family Connection Community Achievement Award

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POSTED: November 19, 2007
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GCSU Employee receives Family Connection Community Achievement Award

Georgia College & State University Assistant for Special Projects, Linda Watson Kaufman, is the 2007 recipient of the Family Connection Community Achievement Award.

Family Connection is the largest statewide network of community collaboratives in the nation focused on improving results for children and families. In Georgia, 154 of the 159 counties are currently active in the process. Each collaborative serves as the local decision-making body for its community and develops and implements a plan with strategies to improve results in one or more of five areas: healthy children, children ready for school, children succeeding in school, strong families, and self-sufficient families.

Rachel Wellborn of the Georgia Afterschool Investment Council, who nominated Kaufman for the award, described Watson Kaufman as "a dedicated leader in and committed to building strong regional and state partnerships." Wellborn went on to say, "this nominee brought a team of children and providers from Central Georgia to Washington, D.C. in April 2007 for the second year in a row, to the Afterschool Challenge and has lobbied tirelessly for increased funding for children in Georgia. Her voice will be extremely helpful in representing the needs and the resources in the Central Georgia region and improving the lives of the region’s families."

Watson Kaufman is happy to receive the award and says, "I am humbled and honored to be awarded this recognition by Family Connection."

The Family Connection Community Achievement Award recognizes individuals and entities for their outstanding contributions that help improve conditions for families and children throughout the state. This year's finalists call attention to strategies for success by providing leadership and guidance, sharing resources and information, building broad-based partnerships, and continuing commitment to community service. An independent panel of judges with professional experience and knowledge in each category selected the Community Achievement Awards winners.



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