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More than 800 APS students, parents, faculty members and staff welcomed prospective students, parents, and members of the community during the inaugural neighborhood education celebration on Saturday at North Atlanta High School.
The two-hour event included a pep rally, open house, live performances, a parade of schools, educational displays and other colorful events highlighting the educational experiences of students attending North Atlanta High School, Sutton Middle, and Brandon, Bolton, Garden Hills, Jackson, E. Rivers and Sarah Smith elementary schools. All of these schools offer the acclaimed International Baccalaureate (IB) academic program.
Atlanta Board of Education members Kathleen B. Pattillo (District 4) and Mark B. Riley (At-Large), newly elected board members Reuben McDaniel III (At-Large) and Nancy Meister (District 4), and APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall also participated in the event. Community leaders attending the celebration included Atlanta City Council members Clair Muller and Howard Shook, Rep. Ed Lindsey, Sam Massell (president of the Buckhead Coalition), Jim Alexander (president of the Atlanta Board of Realtors) and Cynthia Brown (president of the North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools, or NAPPS).
“When it comes to the North Atlanta cluster of schools, all six elementary schools, as well as Sutton Middle, are distinguished,” said Dr. Hall. “That means they’ve met adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law for the last three years in a row. And North Atlanta High School’s college-prep course of study continues to raise the bar on achievement, with students walking out of the door with acceptance letters and scholarship offers to competitive colleges.”
Sharing master of ceremonies duties were comedian, actor and author and APS alum Finesse Mitchell and APS music teacher Greg Hucks.
The neighborhood education celebration was sponsored by APS, the Atlanta Education Fund, and the Parent Teacher Associations at each of the participating schools. APS also collected canned goods during the event to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Based on the success of the initial event, APS plans to organize additional neighborhood education celebrations throughout the district.