CUMMING — A local Forsyth County real estate agent recently made a donation to an area high school through its School Referral Program.
John Heath and Your Results Team have distributed about $80,000 to local schools and youth programs since its inception in 2002. The initiative allows anyone who refers someone to Heath’s realty company to designate any school, school program, park and recreation team or approved local charity as the recipient of a $1,000 donation.
The school district’s Bring Your Own Technology initiative — the program that funds devices for at-need children to supplement classroom learning — received $1,000. This was allotted by Heath after district employees bought new homes.
A $2,000 donation was made to Forsyth Central High at the request of Josh and Asheley Bell, a school resource officer and special education teacher, and Ryan McDeermond, a science teacher, after they bought their homes.
Donations are made when the sale generated from the referral is closed. If someone personally contacts the realty company because of the program, they can chose to either have the $1,000 donated or to rebate $500 back to the client and donate $500 to the school, according to Heath.
“One of the big reasons Forsyth County has been so appealing to home buyers is because of our great schools,” he said. “So finding a way to invest in our schools just made sense to me.”