A Canton resident's creativity has captured the eye of the Cheorkee County Educational Foundation.
Beth Sisson was name the winner of the organization's logo design contest, which it launched last month.
Sisson's image includes a silhouette of an apple tree in black and dark red over the acronym CCEF and the words Cherokee County Educational Foundation.
Sisson said her design was inspired by The Giving Tree, a classic children's book.
"My mom was a teacher, and I remember how she would do so much that was above and beyond… and I know that teachers often do that out of their own pocket," she said. "It’s such a great idea to have a foundation to organize people who want to give to help teachers and their students."
Sisson has two children who attend Cherokee County School District schools.
The goal of the foundation is to support the students and staff of the school district by "promoting teaching and learning and celebrating achievements," according to a press release.
The foundation also reaches out to the community to provide funding and resources to help local schools in areas not completely funded in regular school programs, such as 'bright ideas' grants for schools, teachers and other staff and support for academic achievement and technology initiatives.
Sisson, a graphic designer with her husband's company Sisson Media, received a free year's supply of food from Chick-Fil-A of Canton and a $100 deposit in a Credit Union of Georgia account. Sisson will also be recognized at a future Cherokee County School Board meeting.
The Foundation received 100 entries in the contest, which was open to all Cherokee County residents. Chick-fil-A of Canton also donated a gift card for a free milkshake to every person who submitted an entry. Those gift cards will be mailed to participants.
Foundation Awareness Committee Chairwoman Amanda Arnold said Sisson’s logo captured the organization’s mission in a clear, professional image that was ready for immediate use.
"The selection of a logo for the Foundation is an important step in raising awareness of our mission in the community, and we’re energized by the strong response we received for the contest," she said, adding the Foundation plans to launch its initial community-wide fundraising campaign in February. "We look forward to engaging all of Cherokee County in our important mission of supporting our outstanding public school system."
For more information about the Foundation, please see the Cherokee County Educational Foundation's Facebook page.