As the daughter of Dr. Alonzo A. Crim — the first
African-American superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools — and as a lifelong
educator, Dr. Susan Crim-McClendon more than upheld her family’s revered
legacy, but she created one of her own. As principal of Woodson Park Academy in
the Douglass Cluster and a middle school teacher in APS, Dr. Crim-McClendon was
a model leader, motivator and friend.
Today, we mourn. Dr. Crim-McClendon passed away in her sleep last night. The Woodson Park community and all of us in APS are deeply saddened by the news.
I cannot begin to express what an incredible loss her passing brings to APS and the Woodson Park community. Dr. Crim-McClendon brought a great legacy and love for education to APS and this school. That love was instilled in her as a child of educator parents. Her father’s belief in a “Community of Believers” and work toward the education of all Atlanta’s children directly informed his daughter’s work.
In 1976, she graduated from the former Northside High School in APS and attended college at the University of Georgia. Although she earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science and pre-veterinary medicine, she soon followed in her parents’ footsteps. She began her teaching career in Athens and Valdosta, teaching science to seventh graders. She would teach middle school in several metro Atlanta school districts, including APS at Long Middle School. She earned her master’s degree in middle childhood education and later her doctorate in urban education from Georgia State.
In 2002, she joined Georgia State University and served for several years as associate director for the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Education Excellence, where she led professional development for middle school teachers.
She returned to APS in 2010 as a model teacher and became principal of Woodson Primary in 2011.
When Dr. Crim-McClendon welcomed me to APS five years ago and offered kind guidance, I listened; and it helped me adjust more quickly as superintendent.
When we needed to do more for our children in the Douglass Cluster, she did everything she could to ensure the school would succeed. I could not have been more thrilled when she accepted her new role as principal of the new Woodson Park Academy in 2016 to lead the transformative work planned for that school.
Her love of children could not be more evident. She started every school day with a special greeting she borrowed from Kenyan Maasai warriors: How are the children? Answer: All the children are well. She toiled every day on behalf of Woodson Park children so the collective Woodson Park response stayed focused on the wellbeing of every child.
Today, as we mourn our beloved friend, mentor, colleague and principal, I take some comfort because she has left us a beautiful legacy just like her father. Woodson Park is strong and resilient due to the tireless work of Dr. Susan Crim-McClendon.
Happy Valentine’s Day! And, what a wonderful time to show your love for others this week during Random Acts of Kindness Week! Have you shown or told someone how much you love and appreciate them? When my colleagues in the Center for Learning and Leadership and I entered the building on Monday, we were welcomed with multicolored words of praise and love and affirmation and good will and kindness. As the week progressed, every available space on the lobby glass windows filled up as our APS family continued to add to the display.
The randomness of the many colored words has brought a
certain sense of beauty and calm to our lobby. You cannot help but start the
day with joy in your heart!
This is only one way in which Atlanta Public Schools
recognizes Random Acts of Kindness Week,
which began on Monday and concludes on Sunday with Random Acts of Kindness Day.
Not only the window
display, but the entire week, has become tradition for APS. As I have written
here many times, we have made social emotional learning or SEL efforts like
these a district priority. In simplified terms, SEL is the process through
which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge,
attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and
achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and
maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
As part of the SEL initiative, students from PreK through 12th grade are learning much needed skills such as active listening, empathy, conflict resolution, problem-solving steps, perspective taking and self-advocacy.
Random Acts of Kindness Week is a perfect time to
showcase these skills and demonstrate ways in which we can improve our SEL
For the week, they have adapted the Five Love
Languages into the Five APS Appreciation Languages to demonstrate how we can
show kindness and appreciation across the district and to our students,
teachers, staff and community. These languages include:
Words mean a lot to a person with this love language. Verbal compliments don’t have to be complicated; the shortest and simplest words of affirmation can be the most effective. People who respond to words of affirmation love shout-outs and well worded inspirational quotes.
The walls in our CLL lobby are a perfect example of
this love language. At Usher-Collier Heights Elementary, students took the “I
Am” Challenge and wrote positive words about themselves and others. At
Parkside, the students exchanged hearts filled with words and pictures about
what they appreciated most about each other.
Acts of Service, the goal is to really show that “actions speak louder than
words.” This appreciation language expresses itself by doing things that
you know others would like. Making a copy for someone, picking their children
up from lunch, giving a teacher a restroom break, are all acts of service. They
require some thought, time, and effort. Actions out of obligation and with
a negative tone are something else entirely.
At Barack and Michelle Obama Academy, teachers and
staff created a “Kindness Parade” to really show how much they care about their
This appreciation language is all about undivided attention. This just means that you need to make sure to dedicate time for this person without all of the distractions, including those caused by our use of tech devices. Every time you cancel a date, postpone time together or aren’t present during your time together, it can be hurtful to this person. I personally enjoy quality time with our students whenever I visit our schools, such as these photos from Mary Lin and Fickett elementary schools show.
This appreciation language doesn’t necessarily mean an
expensive or materialistic gesture. It just means that a meaningful or
thoughtful gift makes them feel appreciated and loved. Something as simple as
bringing them their favorite snack or classroom supplies they might be running
low on can make an impact.
Our SEL team visited many APS schools to give
principals, including Andrew Lockett of Benteen Elementary, golden apples in
appreciation of the work they are doing to promote social emotional learning
skills across our schools.
For some people, they best show appreciation when they are physically connected to others, physically active, and comfortable. People who respond to physical touch like hugs and high fives, and even a warm smile with eye contact can go a long way. I love how students at Toomer Elementary offered free handshakes and high fives this week!
With these efforts, I truly believe that APS is doing its part to ensure that love and kindness become a regular – and not random – part of our children’s lives. SEL can help us give our students the skills to create a kinder, braver world to come.
That is our Valentine to the APS community, to Atlanta
and to the world.
When inclement weather threatens Atlanta, we take precautions to
ensure the safety of our precious students and staff. Taking those precautions can
sometimes mean closing schools in light of impending bad weather in the area. At
this time of year, that bad weather can come in the form of freezing
temperatures and icy road conditions.
Safety is always our top priority, but, as educators, we know that
students who miss multiple school days could suffer learning loss in their subject
areas. That’s why it’s so important in times when schools are closed due to inclement
weather that we not only protect our students and keep them safe, but we must
also find ways to protect the valuable instructional time our students need to
master the curriculum at hand.
In this age of technology and online access, a day without school
should not have to be a day without learning. That’s why we’ve launched APS WeatherWise, our new online
learning platform that helps prevent learning loss by supplementing missed
learning is a natural remedy to the loss of class time during school closures
because students are already adept at using technology. In addition, our
students already have access to the lessons at home through the myBackPack platform, and
this easily allows students to continue learning online without the need to extend
the school calendar.
APS will make the determination on when an APS WeatherWise Day would
kick in and we will announce that plan in the same way that school closings due
to inclement weather are announced: robo calls, direct emails and texts, the APS
mobile App, on our District website and through our social media channels.
APS WeatherWise Day, students will work on grade appropriate assignments
provided by their own core-content teachers (Math, English Language Arts,
Science, and Social Studies). If students don’t have the ability to complete
their assignments during the inclement weather day, they will have up to two weeks
to complete them.
We know that
having access to the Internet outside of school is becoming more and more
critical for our students. That’s why I was so excited
to surprise every 6th and 7th grader in APS — all 6,000
of them — with the announcement that they will all be receiving a free Windows
laptop equipped with a T-Mobile 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for access to high-speed
internet at home!
you T-Mobile for investing nearly $1.5 million in this initiative!
We made the announcement in front of 6th and 7th
graders at Brown Middle School on Friday, February 8th, and you
should have seen the look of surprise on their little faces! The energy in the
room was palpable! I was thrilled to join with T-Mobile executives to share the
This effort is part of our Digital
Bridge Program, which is working to bridge the digital divide and ensure that
students have a seamless experience with digital resources and 21st century
learning from school to home. This program truly comes at a time when
technology is integral to our students’ success, and especially now with our
APS WeatherWise initiative.
I know some of you may still have questions about the program, so
I’ve provided a Q&A here with some of the more frequent questions we’ve
What is APS WeatherWise?
APS WeatherWise is an online program designed to provide
students with assignments from their core teachers when APS is closed for
Why APS WeatherWise?
Online learning is a natural remedy to the loss of class time
during school closures because students are already adept at using technology
and they have access to the lessons at home through the myBackPackplatform.
How does APS WeatherWise work?
The District will announce an APS WeatherWise Day and students
will be instructed to access assignments in their APS WeatherWise folder in
their Google Classroom.
What if I don’t have power or access to the Internet ?
If students don’t have the ability to complete their
assignments during the APS WeatherWise Day, they will have up to two weeks
after they return to school to complete those assignments.
Students should enter their APS student computer login ID.
The myBackPackscreen will load with your unique username and
Locate your Google Classroom and navigate to your WeatherWise
lessons for each of your classes.
In addition to the APS WeatherWise assignments, students are also
able to access the CLASS Pass in their myBackPack platform. The
CLASS Pass, a library card program with Atlanta-Fulton Public Library system,
provides access to dozens of resources, including online databases, eBooks,
eAudiobooks and streaming videos.
you have any additional questions about APS WeatherWise, please contact your
classroom teachers. More information and other
technical resources are also available in myBackPack.
We’re excited that learning in APS is seamless — it continues from
school to home, and it unleashes limitless
possibilities for our students, helping them build a successful future.
History Month is a time to celebrate and appreciate the immeasurable impact that
African-Americans have had and continue to have on our society and even on our individual
lives. For me, Black History Month is something I celebrate every month because
I remain inspired by the trailblazers of the African-American community who
helped clear a path to opportunity for so many of us.
I think about some of those trailblazers, I don’t have to look much further
than right here at APS. The legacy and names of some of the most distinguished
people in Atlanta and in American history are literally etched into the walls
of many of our schools today.
a few of our most visible schools – our high schools – are named after
extraordinary African-American men: George Washington Carver, Alonzo Crim,
Frederick Douglass, Maynard H. Jackson, Benjamin E. Mays and Booker T.
a number of our schools are also named after dynamic, inspiring, and innovative
women who have contributed greatly to our city, state and nation. Three of these
women – Coretta Scott King, Michelle Obama and Jean Childs Young – carved out
amazing legacies of their own, even as they worked with husbands who had
international reputations as leaders. And other women – M. Agnes Jones,
Margaret Fain and Leonora Precious Miles – changed lives at the local level as
they worked to make their own communities better.
want to shine a spotlight on these women and the impact they have had on APS and
on my life as we celebrate Black History Month.
Coretta Scott King
The Coretta Scott
King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (affectionately called CSKYWLA
“Sisk-key-wall-la” by students) was of course, named in honor of Mrs. King. Beyond
being the wife of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta
Scott King committed her own life to that of social justice and peace.
successfully balanced motherhood while speaking before church, civic, college,
fraternal and peace groups. After her husband’s assassination in 1968, Mrs.
King remained committed to building and developing programs for the Martin
Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change as a living memorial to the
legacy of Dr. King.
carried the message of nonviolence and the dream of the beloved community to
almost every corner of our nation and throughout the globe, having led goodwill
missions to many countries in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia, and she
was the first woman to deliver the class day address at Harvard, and the first
woman to preach at a statutory service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
was founded in her honor in July 2010 with a singular goal – to ensure each
young woman graduates from college ready to make a positive impact on the
The school is now led by Principal Eulonda Washington, pictured here, and has really worked toward the mission of graduating more students. In fact, CSKYWLA posted the second highest graduation rate for Cohort 2018 with 93.5%! For us at APS, when we say, “CSKYWLA”, it means to be empowered by love, nonviolent social change, and scholarship. Thank you, Coretta Scott King, for your visionary leadership and for the indelible mark you’ve had on our lives.
Jean Childs Young
very own Jean Childs Young Middle School in the Mays Cluster was named in honor
of Jean Childs Young, a stalwart of civil rights. Like her dear friend Coretta
Scott King, Jean Childs Young marched with her husband, Ambassador Andrew
Young, during the Civil Rights Movement, and continued her service up until she
succumbed to complications from liver cancer in 1994.
civil rights, Mrs. Young was actively involved in promoting children’s rights
and served in many capacities with the United Nations International Children’s
Fund (UNICEF) and the Children’s Defense Fund. In 1978, Young was appointed by
President Jimmy Carter as chair of the American Committee of the U.N. International
Year of the Child. When her husband served as mayor of Atlanta, she became
active in government and women’s voting rights, working as an active member of
the League of Women Voters.
At Young Middle School, Principal Kara Stimpson, pictured left, and the entire Young community like to say “It’s a Movement!” As one of our turnaround schools, Young really has a turnaround leader and staff in place, so we expect great work in the years ahead. The school’s vision is to be a model school that prepares students to become college and career ready in order to be equipped academically and technologically to compete in a global society.
Among our living
legends, few women inspire me more than the first African-American First Lady
in this country, Michelle Obama. She served as First Lady from 2009 to 2017 and
always stood tall in her own right, working passionately toward an even better
teenager, she recalls being inspired to follow in the footsteps of her brother and
attend Princeton University, but at that time, some of her teachers tried to
dissuade her from applying, warning her against setting her sights too high.
Michelle not only applied to Princeton, she was accepted and majored in sociology
and minored in African-American studies.
stands as a true role model for men and women everywhere, and as an advocate
for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, and health. When the Peoplestown
community here in Atlanta considered a new name for the former D.H. Stanton
Elementary School, they chose to honor both of the Obamas with the name Barack
and Michelle Obama Academy.
M. Agnes Jones, Margaret Fain and Leonora
M. Agnes Jones, Fain, and Miles elementary schools — one each in the Washington, Douglass and Mays clusters — were named after Atlanta women who tirelessly worked to advance children’s causes and the rights of teachers. Today they are led by three passionate and dynamic educators, pictured below – Dr. Margul Woolfolk at M. Agnes Jones, Desmond Moore at Fain and Thalise Perry at Miles.
Mary Agnes Jones
M. Agnes Jones elementary is named after the first black supervisor in Atlanta
Public Schools in 1920. Later, she led as the first female president of the
Georgia Teachers and Education Association, serving from 1935-1937. She was
also one of the first in APS to earn her master’s degree in education. Keeping
with Mrs. Jones’ reputation for being the first, M. Agnes Jones Elementary two
years ago became the very
first STEM-certified school in the district!
Margaret Kennedy Fain
Fain Elementary School was named for Margaret (Kitty) Kennedy Fain, who was a community activist residing in the Adamsville Community in 1940. Due to a fire, the school was rebuilt in the early 1990s and was renovated in 2009. The school has been open longer than any other elementary school in the Adamsville Community, serving as an anchor in that neighborhood. Over the past two years, Fain Elementary has gradually decreased the percent of beginning learners as shown in our last Georgia Milestones results.
Leonora Precious Miles
Leonora Precious Miles (L.P. Miles) Elementary School began as Bethlehem Church School in 1907 with an enrollment of 73 students. In recognition of Lenora’s community efforts, the Fulton County Board of Education named the school L.P. Miles Elementary on April 16, 1967, in her honor. Today, Miles Elementary has even more of which to be proud. On the CCRPI, Miles has outperformed the state and district for progress points and closing the gap, and the school was also named a 2018 Beating the Odds School for outperforming other schools with similar demographics.
As we celebrate the impact of African-Americans this and every month, I hope you think about these and other powerful African-American women whose lives and legacies have become ingrained in our collective history. Let’s emulate their dedication to service, but most of all, let’s remember their commitment to children and their hard work to ensure that every child has access to an education that leads to a choice-filled life.
District also cancels all school programs and activities, even Super Bowl-related events, in anticipation of unsafe conditions caused by latest winter storm.
As much as we value every single day of education, the
safety and security of all our students and staff at Atlanta Public Schools remain
among our top priorities. So when the latest winter storm threatened to drop
snow and icy conditions in metro Atlanta, we acted with an abundance of
caution. Schools will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Our decision aligns with city and state officials’ decisions to close their offices because of the potential for snow and ice on the roadways. Additionally, all after school programs and activities and community meetings have been cancelled. These include Super Bowl-related events scheduled with our schools and students on Tuesday.
As forecasts show better weather through the rest of the week, we anticipate welcoming our students and staff back to APS on Wednesday, Jan. 30. But we will keep our families, teachers and staff informed should we need to close additional days.
Although we will be closed, I have an assignment for our students: Take home books and other materials so you can work on homework and reading assignments while you are home. Parents, please make sure they do their work!
For APS charter schools, parents, caregivers and
employees are encouraged to contact their schools director for scheduling
APS closely monitors the weather conditions in
coordination with the National Weather Service, city and state officials and
other metro Atlanta school districts. We encourage everyone to exercise caution
when traveling throughout the metro area tomorrow.
As inclement weather approaches, my team works
extremely hard to inform parents of our decisions as far in advance as
possible. We have a set of protocols in place to notify families, staff,
and our community of everything we know about the conditions and forecasts.
Remember when we are making any decisions on inclement
weather, the safety of our staff is a key priority.
As we enter into this season of wintry weather, I’d
like to remind our students, families, staff and others about the APS protocol
for inclement weather.
You can expect updates on winter weather in a variety
of APS channels. We diligently update our website, our social media channels as
well as stay in close contact with our schools. You can feel confident to
contact your school first if you have questions about weather-related issues.
It is my goal to make sure our principals are updated with the latest
information regarding our inclement weather decisions.
Now is also a great time to make sure your contact information is updated. Our main way to contact parents is through our campus portal. Here you can update your phone number, email and communication preferences. Access the campus portal here.
Every year, I update the community on our procedures, and you can read about our process in detail in prior blog posts here and here. You can get a good overview of our decision-making process there.
Again, we continue to monitor the weather and will
report as soon as possible on any updates. Please be safe tomorrow, and we will
see our beautiful students and staff back in school again soon.
Before we began our Journey of Transformation, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) was a school district afflicted with chronic under-performance in our schools. The district was in desperate need of a comprehensive, long-term plan designed to provide remedies that addressed past issues while at the same time creating new opportunities to remove barriers for the future.
Nearly three years ago, the Atlanta Board of
Education approved the APS Turnaround Strategy
that built upon our mission to graduate more children ready for college and
career. This strategy implemented such interventions as tutoring, math and
reading specialists, school model changes and recruitment of turnaround leaders
As part of that strategy, we put our deepest
investments into some of our lowest performing schools and collaborated with
The 2017-2018 school year marked our second
full year of turnaround, and we have been evaluating the work and receiving
feedback from our principals and independent researchers to make real-time
adjustments to the strategy. Having passed the second year of turnaround, I
wanted to provide an update of some of the results.
In summary, the results have been mixed,
especially those from a recent evaluation from the independent research group
Mathematica Policy Research, but there are promising early signs that our
investments are making a difference.
As we review, let’s consider the most positive recent news of the APS Turnaround Strategy. First, all 17 APS turnaround schools receiving targeted or partnership support have improved over the past two years. As shown in our most recent Georgia Milestones report from the state, all of these schools decreased the percent of beginning learners, with six showing double-digit decreases.
In another important indicator – the College and Career Ready Performance Index of CCRPI
– 13 of the 17 targeted and partnership schools have increased their CCRPI
percentile rank after two full years of implementation. (A newly redesigned
CCRPI makes comparisons difficult, but the percentile rank among Georgia
schools allows us to continue making direct comparisons.)
Beyond state accountability systems and the
Georgia Milestones, we wanted additional and independent evaluations of our
turnaround so that we could optimize our investments in this work. Thanks to
the support of a philanthropic partner, the strategy is being evaluated over a
The external evaluation conducted by
Mathematica assesses implementation, impact on participating student and adult
behaviors, and the overall effectiveness of the strategy on the district.
Mathematica’s evaluations have been
informative and insightful. We are using their findings to inform our ongoing
efforts to improve school and student outcomes and allow us to make changes in
After completing our second full year of the
transformation strategy, Mathematica recently delivered its second impact
study, which is available on our School Turnaround page along with the Year One
We will present the study during the next work
session of the Atlanta Board of Education at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, at
the Center for Learning and Leadership. I encourage the APS community and the
public to attend the meeting or view it at https://livestream.com/k12aps.
In the meantime, we continue to unpack the
recent findings from Mathematica. From the report, their key highlights are:
While our Turnaround Strategy efforts are producing improvements in math performance in targeted schools, Mathematica did not find evidence of statistically significant impacts of school-wide targeted support on other student outcomes.
Evaluators found little evidence that support from math and reading specialists had an impact on academic outcomes.
They also found no evidence that support from Communities in School improved student suspensions, attendance or academic achievement.
Finally, our partnership schools are also producing improvements in math performance, but other effects were mixed, varying by outcome and by partner organization.
We are pleased that the Turnaround Strategy
has led to marked improvements in math performance. Mathematica noted that the
limited impacts with other core subjects is a consistent result among other
schools engaged in turnaround. In comparing our findings with national research
and turnaround trends, they wrote:
“Despite the limited impacts of targeted
supports overall, the second-year impact on math achievement is a promising
sign, as many turnaround efforts fail to produce any measurable positive
impacts in a comparable or even longer period. When impacts are detected,
positive impacts tend to be larger in math than reading, so those measured for
targeted school supports follow the trends of turnaround efforts elsewhere.”
So that offers encouragement and support for
In regards to Mathematica finding little
evidence of how our specialists impacted academic performance, we found from
the implementation phase of their study that specialists worked with students
not on their rosters and also provided curricular resources used in their small
groups to teachers for classroom use. Additionally, schools reported the
specialists supported teachers’ professional learning by modeling lessons and
leading professional development sessions.
So it is possible that these activities could
have improved student performances in both the targeted group of students and
the match comparison group, causing the impacts of the specialists to be
As part of the report, Mathematica suggested
that we do a better job in capturing data to better understand which supports
are most effective.
In regards to our partnership with Community
in Schools (CIS), the evaluators again said the results are consistent with
other recent research studies and may be partly explained by implementation
Feedback leading up to the implementation
phase of the study released in June 2018 indicated the CIS site coordinators
half-time presence as the main challenge to their effectiveness. In
response to this feedback targeted tier schools were each assigned a full-time
CIS site coordinator for the 2018-19 school year.
CIS is just one wraparound support provided to
targeted tier schools. Each targeted tier school is also afforded an
additional wraparound position that supports students’ non-academic
Among its recommendations, they suggested that
as turnaround schools show improvement, the district should plan how to extend
or redirect turnaround supports so the school system can affect lasting change.
Looking ahead to the 2019-2020 school year, we want to work in a smart,
intentional fashion to how we can phase schools out of support when they show
positive progress and how we add supports should other schools be designated as
turnaround school eligible by the state.
As we move forward through the third year of
School Turnaround in APS, I will continue to provide updates on our ongoing
efforts to give every student in Atlanta Public Schools the educational
opportunities that lead to college, careers and choice-filled lives.
Welcome back from your MLK holiday
weekend! I hope you continue to be inspired by Dr. King’s commitment to social
justice and the sacrifices he made to pave the way for many of us and inspire
us to dedicate our lives to the service of others and in creating a “Beloved
Through his teachings of love in action,
Dr. King has given us six steps to social and interpersonal change as
articulated by the King Center here in Atlanta (I
shared these on my previous blog), and one of those steps is direct action.
developments regarding the federal shutdown over the past month, you cannot
help but feel empathy for the more than 800,000 federal employees who have
missed one paycheck and are on the verge of missing another one.
heart goes out to my colleagues wondering if they can make their mortgage and
rent payments this month or even continue putting food on the table without
dipping deep into savings or scurrying for short-term loans.
our Human Resources team led by Skye Duckett, Chief Human Resources Officer, and
our Deputy General Counsel, Laurance Warco, looked at the effect of the
shutdown on our own employees, we found that among our more than 6,000
full-time and 1,500 part-time colleagues, as many as 500 would be directly
impacted by the shutdown through the employment of their spouse, partner or
household member in a federal agency that is closed due to the partial
district with a mission that starts “with a caring culture,” I knew APS had to
assist. I met with our HR team and got the ball rolling but that made it become
with Atlanta Partners for Education, we announced today a new district
initiative that identifies ways in which we can help our own. I encourage
everyone to find a way to assist.
have set a goal to raise $25,000 for the Atlanta Partners for Education to
assist employees with necessities during this time. Employees, community
members and partners can join me and make a tax-deductible donation to APS’
crowd funding campaign through Go
Fund Me. The total amount collected will be distributed through
Atlanta Partners for Education to eligible employees.
are other resources available to employees and ways the community can assist,
Consider setting up Meal Train accounts for
employees whose families are impacted by the shutdown.
Drop off food items to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Families in need may visit the website where there is a list of Atlanta
area resources and support.
resources such as the Georgia Power Foundation, which recently announced a
$50,000 donation to St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, a faith-based nonprofit, to
help provide support to furloughed and unpaid federal workers and contractors
in the state. Through the fund, impacted families can ask for assistance by
submitting a request to email@example.com.
Our charge is to
live the APS mission every day, and so a “caring culture” starts with us. Thank
you for all that you do to help our deserving colleagues affected by the
shutdown bridge the gap between their paychecks.