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CCS Shines a Light on April's Extra Mile and Committed Community Support Award Winners

April 9, 2024

Cumberland County Schools (CCS) announces the April awardees of two highly desired awards! Olivia Culbreth, a fourth-grade teacher at Armstrong Elementary School, has been awarded the Extra Mile Award. The Samuel Council Chapter, 555th Parachute Infantry Association (PIA) was selected as the recipient of the Committed Community Support Award. 

Extra Mile Award Recipient: Olivia CulbrethExtra Mile Award Recipient: Olivia Culbreth

The Extra Mile Award celebrates employees who consistently exhibit outstanding performance and inspire others to strive for excellence.

Olivia Culbreth, April's Award recipient, was selected because of her dedication, quick thinking and decisive actions to save a student from choking. In January, as students were enjoying their mid-day snacks, one of them began to choke on a piece of food. Without hesitation, Culbreth assessed the situation, remained calm and swiftly performed the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging the obstructing object and preventing further harm.

Armstrong Elementary School Assistant Principal Angelena Owens expressed thoughts about Culbreth's actions. "Her commitment to the safety and well-being of the students reflects the exemplary qualities we hope to find in educators. It is clear that she not only fulfills her role as a teacher but also goes above and beyond to create a safe and nurturing environment for her students," said Owens.

Extra Mile Award Winner Olivia Culbreth, (center) celebrates with district and school staff.




















April Comm Comm Support WinnersCommitted Community Support Award Recipient: Samuel Council Chapter 555th PIA

The Committed Community Support Award is awarded to an individual or group for their selfless dedication to supporting the school system. April's awardee, The Samuel Council Chapter 555th PIA, provides assistance to students in Cumberland, Hoke, and Harnett counties.

This organization gives more than 50 $1,000 scholarships to Cumberland County Schools to high school seniors who have a 2.5 - 3.0 GPA and are from single-income households. They have served students in this capacity for over 30 years.

April 2024 Comm Comm Support Winner




















Nominate An Award Recipient

The Committed Community Support Award is for mentors, businesses, community partners, parents and volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to assist schools and help students succeed. Submit your nominations by the 10th of each month here.

Any permanent full-time or part-time employee is eligible for the Extra Mile Award. Submit your nominations by the 10th of each month here. For more information about CCS’ Extra Mile Award, visit the CCS Human Resources website

A selection committee reviews nominations on a monthly basis and selects one winner for each award. Winners are recognized during the Cumberland County Board of Education’s regular monthly meetings from October through May.