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Crystal Purser was recently named Gordon County Schools' #GCS2ndMile Award winner recognizing school volunteers. Mrs. Purser is no stranger to any of the schools in the Gordon County community. As owner of the local Chick-fil-a, along with her husband Jonathan, she is active throughout the community and in every school in some way.
Sonoraville Elementary School Counselor, Stacey Cohea, said of Mrs. Purser's involvement, "Crystal Purser and Chick-fil-A always go the extra mile to support, not only Sonoraville Elementary School, but many schools throughout our district. Chick-fil-A provides funding for our Core Essentials character education program [at all elementary schools], as well as breakfast for students that have exhibited the character trait each month." Fairmount Elementary School Counselor, Carrie Thompson, also provided in her nomination, "For years beyond more than I can count, they [Chick-fil-a] have given to every Gordon County School in some form or fashion. Their generosity and altruism are genuinely appreciated."
Students and staff alike will often receive Chick-fil-a gifts for incentives and tokens of gratitude, and the corporate name can be found on sponsorship banners for community events, but more than that, Mrs. Purser is often seen sharing a smile or kind word with students and parents at various school functions on a routine basis. Her gracious spirit is contagious throughout the community.
Mrs. Purser was surprised with the announcement at Chick-fil-a on Friday morning, where she immediately shared credit with the Chick-fil-a team and followed with the iconic Chick-fil-a slogan, "It's our pleasure."
Pictured below are Crystal Purser with superintendent Dr. Susan Remillard (center), Jonathan Purser (far left) and other valued members of the Chick-fil-a Calhoun team.