Douglas County’s efforts to develop its first school-based health clinic recently received a shot in the arm as energy infrastructure operator Williams donated $3,500 to support Communities in Schools and its mission to make health care services available to students.
Communities in Schools is the largest dropout prevention organization in the Nation. By making health care services more easily available, the organization believes that it can help students avoid health-related absences, which can translate into more success in the classroom.
“We want to see our students surrounded with support so that they are empowered to stay in school and achieve in life,” said Douglas County School Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz. “Community contributions like this one from Williams are very much appreciated and will go a long way towards our vision of helping students succeed.”
Communities in Schools is the non-profit organization associated with the Douglas County School System that provides after-school programs, character education, mentoring, and non-traditional high school programs such as the Performance Learning Center and the Douglas County Virtual Academy. The first school-based health clinic recently opened in Burnett Elementary School.
Williams is an energy infrastructure company which transports, processes and delivers about 30% of the Nation’s natural gas. Williams operates the Transco pipeline which has reliably served Georgia for over 60 years, delivering about one-third of all natural gas consumed in the State.
One of Williams’ current projects is the construction of a 115-mile pipeline lateral connecting Williams’ existing Transco natural gas pipeline to an existing electric generating facility in north Georgia. The new steel pipe will extend from Coweta County to Whitfield County, traversing south to north in western Douglas County. The pipeline is designed to transport enough natural gas to meet the daily needs of about 2 million homes. Once completed, this pipeline will be able to be used as an economic development tool for Douglas County to attract industries which desire an ample and available natural gas supply.
Construction of the project is set to begin in November and continue for several months.