SAVANNAH, GA — A Chatham County maintenance man who donates his time to help improve the lives of local students recently received the Outstanding Georgia Citizen award, according to the Savannah Morning News.
After leaving his job of maintaining aging Chatham County buildings, James Putney goes to work volunteering as the director of the Georgia Parent Teachers Association''s (PTA) 6th District, which encompasses Chatham and 18 other counties, the story stated.
Putney, affectionately known by many as "Uncle Bubba," said: "I eat, sleep and dream PTA because PTA ain''t about cookies and wrapping paper anymore."
Putney, who is trying to get more fathers to participate in the PTA by holding male-oriented programs such as fishing and "donuts with dads" events, recently chartered a Latino Community PTA after some from the Spanish-speaking community expressed concerns about parents not being able to understand English at the meetings, the story noted.
For his efforts, Putney, who also serves as co-chairman of his church''s deacon''s board and assists the Savannah Arts Academy''s marching band, was awarded the Outstanding Georgia Citizen award from Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, the story added.
Fred Thompson, director of maintenance for Chatham County and Putney''s boss, said: "I feel the award should have been given several years ago. I''m glad he is finally being recognized."
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