Two businesses that support a local private school recently earned state recognition.
NeoMed of Woodstock and GC&E Systems Group of Norcross each received the GOAL Achievement Award from representatives of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program for their support of Pinecrest Academy.
Pinecrest is a private, Catholic school for elementary, middle and high school grade levels in south Forsyth.
GOAL, short for Greater Opportunities for Access to Learning, provides students throughout Georgia with scholarships to private schools.
Lisa Kelly, program president, said in a statement that GOAL allows many students to get the most beneficial educational opportunities that may not otherwise be available to them.
“It is important for students to have the option of a private school that fits their needs if they can’t achieve their full potential in their local public school,” she said.
“I’m thankful to companies like NeoMed and GC&E Systems for creating opportunities to improve educational outcomes and allow families to put their children on paths to success.”
The GOAL Achievement Award recognizes corporations that have made significant financial donations to the program.
Through GOAL, both businesses have provided funding to Pinecrest for scholarships for low- and middle-income students who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend the school.
Regina Gore, Pinecrest’s GOAL coordinator, said NeoMed has provided nearly $52,000 in scholarship funding during the past four years, while GC&E has given nearly $85,000 over three years.
She explained that through Georgia’s tax redirect program, corporations are allowed to redirect up to 75 percent of their Georgia tax liability to an eligible private school to be used for scholarships.
The program also allows individual tax redirects of up to $1,000 for an individual or $2,500 for married couples.
GOAL has awarded more than 6,000 scholarships totaling more than $22 million since 2008.
NeoMed, formed in 2007, manufactures neonatal feeding devices dedicated to enhancing patient safety.
A communications system integrator, GC&E Systems Group provides specialized enterprise telecommunications services for the federal government and state, local and commercial entities.