Neighborhood Celebration: Check out Garden Hills and E. Rivers elementary schools

We continue our look at the northside schools who will represent Atlanta Public Schools in the inaugural Neighborhood Celebration, which will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at North Atlanta High School. We’re very excited to welcome APS (and “Saturday Night Live”) alum Finesse Mitchell (pictured) as our master of ceremonies.

Today we check in on Garden Hills and E. Rivers elementary schools. Both are located in the heart of Buckhead and just off Peachtree Street, these schools have a tremendous tradition and sense of purpose about them.

Garden Hills Principal Amy Wilson is extremely proud of her school’s diverse community that reflects not only the city of Atlanta but also the real world. The school boasts a 15-year partnership with Georgia Shakespeare and provides an academically challenging International Baccalaurate Programme of Inquiry while meeting the individual needs of the various learners at the school. For the Neighborhood Celebration, Garden Hills will have a group of students walk in the “Parade of Schools.” Also expect a choral performance at some point.

There’s always something interesting going on at Garden Hills, which this week hosted two Atlanta Falcons. Offensive linemen Will Svitek and Quinn Ojinnaka served as “Mystery Readers”; they read to students and fielded questions from students. The players stressed the importance of education, how be both physically and intellectually active, and how to set high goals.

E. Rivers also is an International Baccalaureate school, and will feature the flags of many nations at the Neighborhood Celebration, according to Principal David White. Also, E. Rivers parent and star Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins will appear on the pre-show video and testimonials. Second-grader Jessica Parker will perform a solo while accompanying herself on the piano. During the “Parade of Schoos,” student council students will sport their just-arrived T-shirts while carrying the flats of the various IB “attitudes”: Respect, Integrity, Risk Taker, and so on.

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