Every year at this time, it’s my pleasure to join with the Atlanta Board of Education to honor our outstanding students across the district for all of their achievements this year in academics, arts, athletics, service, and other areas.
For five years we have honored those students at the annual Special Called Board Meeting for Student Recognition. In years past, the auditorium of the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Learning and Leadership was filled with literally hundreds of students with their adoring families and our teachers and staff cheering them on.
But because of social distancing in light of COVID-19, we have not been able to reach out and hug, congratulate, and take pictures with our students. Our schools are closed for teleschooling and teleworking. We had to delay or cancel academic and art competitions, athletic events, and other activities. And the auditorium – for this traditional day of student recognition – was empty.
But the recognitions did go on! They still go on! We did not let COVID-19 stop the shine! We went virtual again at www.atlantapublicschools.us/studentrecognition. So I want everyone to know that we commend and celebrate the hard work of ALL of our students. We are celebrating our students in a very special way this year through our 2020 Student Recognition webpage.
I also want to thank and celebrate all our APS parents, caregivers and families who have worked to support our beautiful students this school year.
Now, please enjoy our celebration to honor our students!