Georgia United Credit Union Names 2018 School Crashers® Winners

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Rock Chapel Elementary is awarded the grand prize facility improvement makeover.

DeKalb Co. School District Regional Superintendent, Region III, Ms. Rachel Zeigler and Rock Chapel Principal, Ms. Lisa Green, win School Crashers® grand prize award for Rock Chapel Elementary.

“The School Crashers program brings together communities to support their local schools,” said Shawn Turpin, Georgia United Executive Vice President of Sales and Service.

Georgia United Credit Union is excited to announce the winners of its fifth Annual School Crashers® program. A total of eight schools across the state have been named to receive facility improvements over the summer, with grand prize awarded to Rock Chapel Elementary School.

In the spring of 2018, Georgia United opened their School Crashers program nominations to all accredited K-12 schools in Georgia. Interested schools were required to include a photograph along with a 250-word statement explaining why their school should receive a makeover.

This year’s winners are Title 1 schools with compelling needs that are not typically met through school system SPLOST or capital improvement programs.

Grand prize winner, Rock Chapel Elementary, was nominated by first-year Principal, Ms. Lisa Green. Located at 1130 Rock Chapel Road, Rock Chapel originated in 1825 as a one-room log house before being reestablished in 1940 at its current location. The school’s 540 students and 90 faculty and staff members will receive multiple improvements to their learning environment on July 20 and 21, before the new school year in August.

In addition to the top prize winner, three schools will receive mini-makeovers to their facility. Enhancements are planned for the playground areas and will include safe areas for children with special needs.

Georgia United partner Mohawk® has awarded four schools with carpet grants. Each school will receive new carpet in their media centers.

Congratulations to all eight recipients of the 2018 School Crashers program.

Rock Chapel Elementary, Lithonia - 540    students, Multiple Areas/Courtyard Classroom
Bob Mathis Elementary, Decatur - 436 students, Special Needs Play Space
Coker Elementary,Chatsworth - 700 students, Playground Improvements
Hightower Trail Elementary, Conyers - 670 students, Multiple Areas/ Playground
Sequoyah Middle School, Doraville - 1,700 students, MOHAWK Carpet Grant
Briarlake Elementary, Decatur - 420 students, MOHAWK Carpet Grant
Evansdale Elementary, Doraville - 600 students, MOHAWK Carpet Grant
Hightower Elementary, Doraville - 750 students, MOHAWK Carpet Grant

“The School Crashers program brings together communities to support their local schools,” said Shawn Turpin, Executive Vice President of Sales and Service. “Over the last four years, School Crashers has provided 25 makeovers with improvements valued in excess of $800,000. We look forward to our fifth year of serving our local communities by improving school facilities for the youth of today.”

The schools will work with Georgia United this summer to complete their requested improvement projects.
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About Georgia United Credit Union
Georgia United Credit Union is ranked as one of the top credit unions in Georgia with over $1.3 Billion in assets, 160,000 members and 19 branch locations. As a full-service community minded financial institution, they offer competitive products and services including financial literacy programs for all ages to help members achieve their financial goals. Visit to learn more or follow the credit union on Facebook at, Twitter @GAUnitedCU and Instagram @gucucares.

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