Atlanta Public Schools Receives $10,000 “Hometown Grant” from Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Dairy Families for nutrition and physical fitness
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons and Southeast Dairy Association awarded Atlanta Public Schools (APS) with a $10,000 NFL “Hometown Grant” to support healthy nutrition and physical activity programs at four elementary schools in the Booker T. Washington High School cluster.
Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Atlanta Falcons player Matt Bosher and representatives from the Southeast Dairy Association ran physical activity football drills with students at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School in the gym before presenting a check to representatives from both the APS Departments of Nutrition and Health and Physical Education as well as Principal Margul Woolfork.
“Our goal is to address the issue of childhood obesity by not only encouraging and motivating students to increase movement and healthy eating habits every day, but also by providing opportunities for them to do so,” said Kiki S. Frazier, APS District Wellness Coordinator. “This grant will help to reach that goal.”
Funds from the grant will bring the Jump with Jill Nutrition & Dance Show to M. Agnes Jones, Bethune, Connally and Venetian Hills elementary schools, as well as to the “Community Playtime” during the annual Student Wellness Ambassador (SWA) Leadership Academy and Health Fair scheduled for March 12, 2016 at Sutton Middle School. The academy and health fair is open to the public. “Jump with Jill” is the world’s only rock & roll nutrition show that uses music and dance to celebrate healthy habits by transforming nutrition education into a live concert. The show also offers resources to teachers, parents, and students to ensure sustainability. The APS Student Wellness Ambassador program encourages students across the district to serve as role models for healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition and physical fitness. As wellness leaders in their schools, the students also participate in the implementation of their school’s Local School Wellness Plans.
The “Hometown Grant” program developed by Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL provides the organizations with the opportunity to identify deserving schools in their areas and award the those schools with $10,000 to help meet health and wellness goals. In its second year, the Hometown Grant program allows each of the 32 NFL Clubs, Fuel Up to Play 60 and local dairy representatives to provide funding to schools throughout the country totaling $320,000 this year. APS’ grant will affect more than 1,900 elementary school students within the Washington High School cluster as well as an average of 400 student wellness ambassadors from various schools in the district, totaling over 2,300 students.
According to research conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, American School Health Association, GENYOUth Foundation and the National Dairy Council, good nutrition, including daily breakfast, and increased physical activity can lead to improved academic performance. “We know many children are lacking in the nutrition and physical activity they need to succeed. However, all kids deserve a chance for a healthy lifestyle. That is why it’s a priority for Atlanta Public Schools to support the youth of Atlanta,” said Rashida Shoemaker, manager of School Health and Wellness for Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. “It is critical that schools and communities work together to provide solutions to increase health and wellness initiatives in our schools and communities.”
About Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), which was founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. The program additionally encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As a result of the program, last year 14 million students made better food choices and are getting more physically active during the school day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association/Foundation, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.
About Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 98 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.
Metro area school staff members and administrators, social service providers, school board members, local and state government officials, as well as law enforcement and justice officials are invited to attend the 2015 Fulton County School Justice Partnership Summit Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.
The Fulton County Juvenile Court is hosting the 2015 Fulton County School Justice Partnership Summit at the New Schools at Carver.
This year’s event, Pipelines to Pathways: The Problem, The Solutions, The Actions, was organized in conjunction with Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools. The program will include panels and workshops on several topics related to student services, student behavior management, and juvenile justice.
The event is from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the New Schools at Carver auditorium. Space is limited; therefore, registration is required at www.tinyurl.com/schooljustice100915.
by Kimberly Willis Green
The D.M. Therrell High School Panthers football team was voted WAGA-Fox 5’s High 5 Sports Team of the Week (Sept. 28-Oct. 2) with over 100,000 votes. The Therrell Panthers are the second team to receive this honor from the High 5 Sports Team during the 2015-2016 football season.
Fox 5 Reporter Cody Chaffins and the Fox 5 team descended on the campus of Therrell High School to broadcast live on Good Day Atlanta for the “Team of the Week” pep rally. Atlanta Public Schools Associate Superintendent of High Schools Dr. Timothy Gadson presented the High 5 Sports Team of the Week trophy to Therrell High School Panthers Head Football Coach Dominic Calloway, his coaching staff and the football team before the entire school body and staff.
Atlanta Board of Education member Jason Esteves, At-Large Seat 9 (Districts 5&6), Jasper Jewell, APS Director of Athletics, Kandice Mitchell, Assistant Director of Athletics and other APS officials were in attendance for the festivities.
Click here to watch a clip of the High 5 Sports Team of the Week pep rally and trophy presentation.
Congratulations to Principal Shelly Powell and the Therrell High School community for this great honor!
Eight Atlanta Public Schools students named Class of 2020 REACH Georgia Scholars on Statewide Signing Day
by Kimberly Willis Green
Eight Atlanta Public Schools (APS) eighth grade students were named REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia Scholars and participated in the REACH Statewide Signing Day Ceremony with APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Ed.D, Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, and members of the Atlanta Board of Education.
The APS REACH Scholars, scheduled to graduate from high school in 2020, signed scholarship contracts along with their parents, during a ceremony that included their principals and school counselors. As the second group of APS REACH Scholars, they are among 177 students who participated in Signing Day across the Georgia.
The Class of 2020 APS REACH Georgia Scholars are:
Kristin White Joseph E. Brown Middle School
Kameron Jenkins Ralph J. Bunche Middle School
Jaylee Davis Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Terrah Sullivan Harper-Archer Middle School
Janiyah Cowherd Samuel Inman Middle School
Daniel Bonner KIPP STRIVE Academy
Maria Nino-Suastegui Willis Sutton Middle School
Kacie Geter Sylvan Hills Middle School
Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal read a commendation to the REACH Scholars by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and offered the students post-secondary planning advice. “Take advantage of the opportunities you are given, listen to your mentors and work with your academic counselors,” said Deal. “Give back to your community and keep record of the things that you are doing.” Georgia Student Finance Commission President Tricia Chastain and REACH Georgia Board Member Stephanie Blank congratulated the students on being selected as REACH Scholars.
Click here to watch the Atlanta Public Schools Class of 2020 REACH Georgia Signing Day Ceremony.
As a part of the scholarship program, the students signed contracts to maintain a 2.5 grade point average, remain free of crime, drug, and behavior issues and meet with a volunteer mentor until they graduate from high school. Their parents or guardians also signed contracts to support their student’s education. When the REACH scholars graduate from high school, they will receive up to a $10,000 scholarship — $2,500 each year for up to four years to be used at a HOPE eligible Georgia two- or four-year college/university. Many colleges have matched the REACH scholarship and some have doubled the amount to provide scholars with additional resources for their education.
About the REACH Georgia Scholarship Program
Launched in 2012, the REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia Scholarship Program is a key program of Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia Initiative. The needs-based mentorship and scholarship program is designed to encourage students, starting in middle school, to persist in their educational pursuits. Students are provided with the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, achieve post-secondary success, and to be prepared for the 21st Century workforce.
About Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving over 50,000 students across 98 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 80 schools, 18 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.