By: Alicia Sands Lurry
On Thursday, April 19, the Office of Student Services hosted its annual Student Services Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony to express gratitude to Atlanta Public Schools volunteers for the amazing work they do to support schools and improve students’ lives.
Held at the Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center at Atlanta Technical College, the ceremony honored 20 individual volunteers, donors and partnering organizations. The event was held in recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, to celebrate people in action and the importance of community outreach.
During the ceremony, APS social workers demonstrated their appreciation by offering remarks and presenting their school’s respective partners and donors with commemorative plaques. Associate Superintendent of Student Services Tammie Workman also recognized several APS partners and volunteers for collectively making a difference in students’ lives.
“Thank you for spreading kindness, concern, effort, resources, time, and your commitment for APS schools, students, and families,” Workman said. “I read somewhere that ‘success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.’ You all should be able to sleep well as you are using your own special talents and abilities for the betterment of our future…and that is the investment in our kids. We are so very thankful for you and all that you do.”
Some of those partners include:
- The Atlanta Police Department and MARTA truancy officers;
- Vision To Learn and Onsite 20/20 for providing students with free eye exams and glasses;
- The Anti-Defamation League for working with school counselors to implement inclusive and supportive activities for all students through the “No Place for Hate” campaign;
- The Atlanta Community Food Bank for feeding nearly 10,000 APS students and families;
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., for collecting hygiene packs and backpacks for homeless children; and
- Watchman Warriors for donating coats, hats, scarves, backpacks and school supplies to students in need
“This was a valuable opportunity to recognize our partners and to show how much we appreciate and value their work,” said Social Work Services Coordinator Dr. Jacquelyn Anthony, who coordinated the event. “We are so grateful to them for helping meet the needs of our students.”
Click here for a complete list of this year’s honorees.