Congratulations go out to Boyd Elementary and Atlanta Charter Middle for each winning a $2,500 from the Kroger Earning Plus Learning Program. The grants are provided by the supermarket chain to help tie student achievement to environmental awareness, hence this year’s theme: “Active! Mind. Body. Community.”
According to Boyd Elementary school counselor Mignon Hardeman, the grant focused on how students focused on three areas: academics, health, and community service. “We need to develop the whole child,” Hardeman said, “not just academically but physically and giving back to your community. I try to teach my kids about service. Giving back is the most important thing you can do, not just for your community but for yourself. It’s taught my kids a great deal, that academics, physical health and service to the community can take you far.”
As part of the grant process, Hardeman had students keep scrapbooks on their various activities while showcasing everything from their Junior ROTC program to their grade-level gardens. Boyd Principal Emalyn Foreman hopes to use the money to upgrade the school’s technology resources.