APS alum Finesse Mitchell to appear at Saturday’s inaugural Neighborhood Celebration

Finesse Mitchell

Atlanta Public Schools’ journey to excellence has been undertaken in large part by the schools themselves. With strong leadership, committed teachers, eager students, vigilant parents and enthusiastic community partners, the schools around the district have effectively carried a heavy load in making a difference in our students’ lives.

That’s why APS decided to drive home the point of this success at the neighborhood level; it’s the neighborhoods help create an atmosphere of engagement. And so comes Saturday’s inaugural Neighborhood Celebration, which we hope will be the first of several rallies around the district to show the rest of the city what APS is doing to educated our children. (Download flyer here.)

The celebration, which begins at 2 p.m. at North Atlanta High School, will be a little bit pep rally and a little bit open house, with the idea being “All for All, One by One.” We’ll have student performances, a “Parade of Schools,” displays for each school, a canned food drive benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and … well, we’ll keep the surprises for the day of the show!

We start with the schools over on the north side of the district:
North Atlanta High School
Sutton Middle
Brandon Elementary
Bolton Academy
Garden Hills Elementary
Jackson Elementary
E. Rivers Elementary
Sarah Smith Elementary

Just to show you how proud we are of our schools, we’ve recruited some of our most successful APS alumni to participate in our Neighborhood Celebration, including comedian Finesse Mitchell (Douglass High). Mitchell is most known for his stint as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” earlier in the decade, and will serve as master of ceremonies.

So we’d like to encourage everyone from the northside who has a stake in our children’s education to attend, whether it’s parents, prospective students, Realtors and all our current and potential partners – whether it’s from the school, civic, business or church communities. We’ll provide more select looks at the participating schools over the course of this week on www.TalkUpAPS.com, so please keep coming back for more info as you take a look at Atlanta Public Schools; you might be surprised what you’ll find.

For more information, please email kwgreen@atlantapublicschools.us.

2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009
North Atlanta High School
2875 Northside Dr., NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

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