Atlanta Falcon Ray Edwards spreads holiday cheer with a donation to South Atlanta High School and shopping spree for local teens

On Friday night, 20 teenagers between the age of 14 and 18 were given a Wal-Mart shopping spree courtesy of Atlanta Falcon, Ray Edwards, and a few of his Atlanta Falcons teammates.

Ray Edwards (#93) in collaboration with Thomas DeCoud (#28), Dominique Franks (#24), Peria Jerry (#94), and Cliff Matthews (#98) played an integral role in putting smiles on the faces and joy in the hearts of teenagers in the Atlanta community this holiday season. “We love giving back to the community and we’re honored to be able to give back to an area that supports us week after week,” said Edwards.

In addition to holiday shopping, a financial donation will be made to South Atlanta High School Athletic Program in order to improve the quality of programs offered to students. Edwards says “As Falcons we work as a team day in and day out and we consider ourselves to be a part of the team here in Atlanta so we want to do whatever we can. We hope to inspire the youth and teach them the importance of giving.”

The local WINGSTOP Restaurant franchisees also participated by feeding the kids and players. “It’s a great way to give back and we were honored to be asked to help”, said owners Johnny Blake and Ed Cooper.

Through these events Ray hopes to establish partnerships in Atlanta, the place the he now calls home. For more information or to donate to the cause, please contact, Ingrid Bachelor at 954-752-2758.

About South Atlanta High School Educational Complex

The graduates of the South Atlanta School of Leadership and Economic Empowerment (SASLEE) will be able to succeed higher education levels of academia and/or in aviation/leadership/economic career opportunities of their choosing.  Through a multicultural curriculum that integrates instruction in aviation, business, leadership and economic studies, students will be able to thrive in an increasingly competitive and fast-paced global society, where change is the norm and flexibility, ability and desire to learn are the keys to success.

The South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science is committed to the preparation of students for immediate entry into the workforce, higher education, careers in health sciences, biotechnology, and biomedical and scientific research.  The curriculum will provide an increased understanding of health and conditions which compromise health while seeking to promote lifelong learning among students and instilling a commitment to serve the communities where they live and work.

At South Atlanta High School of Computer Animation & Design (CAD), students explore some of the most exciting careers of the 21st century.  The school exposes students to a college-preparatory curriculum, complete with Honors and Advanced Placement courses.  All courses use rigorous, problem-based, interdisciplinary teaching and learning strategies to develop students’ ability to communicate, collaborate and solve 21st century challenges.  Recognized for three consecutive years as the high school Arts School of the Year, CAD offers two pathways of study: computer animation and industrial design.  The school is equipped with the latest technological resources, allowing students to have hands-on training in claymation and stop motion film production, computer-aided product design, sound mixing and more.  Partnerships with the Cartoon Network, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Communities in Schools Atlanta, and design and production firms help bring learning to life.

The South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice is part of only the second campus in Georgia to convert to small schools.  Furthermore, despite the fact that there are other small schools and programs that focus on the law, we are the only school in the state with an explicit focus on social justice.  The themes of law and social justice are apparent in unique courses such as the Individual and the Law, Forensic Science and Peer Leadership as well as unique extracurricular activities such as Mock Trial, Honor Court and community organizing.  Our law courses have access to a 115-person courtroom and law library stocked with thousands of books donated by the Douglass County Courthouse.  All classes have access to multiple computer labs, Promethean (Smart) boards and Macintosh and PC laptop carts.Each month law students from Georgia State University come teach our law courses. Our students also have the opportunty to learn directly from the legal departments of Turner Broadcasting and Macy’s department stores.  Through partnerships with local universities such as Oglethorpe University we have been able to conduct college tours and provide unique college-readiness support to all of our students.  Inside the classroom, our teachers have the opportunity to work with teaching-artists through the Atlanta Partnership for Arts and Learning as they plan arts infusion units.


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