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Who We Are


Chartered in 1995, the Cartersville Schools Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation created for the purpose of promoting educational achievement and excellence in the City of Cartersville's public schools.  The original goal of the Foundation was to provide funding for classroom grants and assist in teacher recognition.  Today, the Foundation provides funding for projects and programs designed to enhance the educational experience of students and educators, which cannot be funded with tax monies, and provides needs-based scholarships to students as early as the 6th grade.


To enhance and improve educational opportunities in Cartersville City Schools so every student is successful and prepared for life after high school, whether they attend college, obtain technical training, or enter the military or workforce.  


  • Excellence in Education - Supporting student success at all levels.

  • Transparency - Maintaining open communication with all stakeholders.

  • Equity - Promoting practices that assist in closing the achievement gap.

  • Community Involvement - Encouraging and fostering community involvement.

  • Future Focused - Encouraging activities that prepare all students for a post-secondary education and life beyond.




The Cartersville Schools Foundation is a group of business and community leaders who work together to improve and enhance educational opportunities in the Cartersville City Schools.  This is done through the oversight of programs to improve students performance and raising funds for scholarships and classroom grants.

Lisa Bell

Cartersville City Schools

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Audrey Andersen

Community Member

Beth Slocum

Today's Dentistry

Jay Choate
Board Chairman

White & Choate, LLC

Barry Justus

Ameris Bank

Dr. Marc Feuerbach

Cartersville City Schools

Board Members
William J. Cline - Cline Orthodontics
Luke Daniel - Harry Daniel Insurance

Kelly Dial - Bartow Co. Chief Asst. Public Defender
Mike Fields - Peachtree Planning
Danny Gilreath - Gilreath Carpet
Glenn Jordan - Owner/Operator Chick Fil A
Jennifer Wiggins Matthews - Community Member
Mary Montgomery - Community Member
Bibby Morgan - Community Member
Mike Murphy - McWhorter Capital Partners
Erika Riddle - Community Member
Jason Shaw - Shaw Industries
Marty Sonenshine - Anverse, Inc.
Shelley Tierce - Principal, Cartersville High School

Jake Tripp - Bartow Animal Hospital

From the Board - 

" I love and I am honored to be a part of the Cartersville School Foundation (CSF). Education is the one thing no one can ever take away from you and because of that I believe there is no better investment of time and money than the GateKey and REACH Programs. These children do not have the financial means but have the academic skill and many times overcome tremendous obstacles while maintaining superb grades. I find them inspiring and amazing and I hope to be a part of the CSF for a long time." ~ Jennifer Wiggins Matthews, Board Member

"Helping others achieve worthwhile goals is the right thing to do.  That's why we're here." ~ Mike Fields, Board Member

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"I serve on the Cartersville Schools Foundation Board because I believe in paying it forward.  I can’t possibly thank all the men and women before me who sacrificed so I would have the opportunity to earn my college degree and be a productive member of society.  I feel the best way to thank those people is to do the same for the students of Cartersville City Schools.  Every year that I attend the Gatekey signing ceremony, I am so proud of the kids on stage and it makes me realize how fortunate we are to live in a great community that supports our mission. ~ Barry Justus, Board Treasurer

"I'm proud to serve on the Foundation Board because I see how GateKey gives students a great chance at a better life." ~ Jason Shaw, Board Member

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