Atlanta Public Schools participates in 8th annual Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Buzzers sounded quickly as 290 elementary and middle students from 29 Atlanta Public Schools competed in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl at Drew Charter School. At the elementary school level, Morris Brandon Elementary won first place and Garden Hills Elementary won second. At the middle school level, Sutton Middle School won first place with Atlanta Neighborhood... Continue Reading →

Bethune students deepen literacy with successful men in the community

Reading is a fundamental key to success at Bethune Elementary School, and through a partnership with AM1380 WAOK Talk Radio Host Derrick Boazman, The Real (Read, Excel, Achieve, and Lead) Men Read Program is now offered at Bethune. Boazman is committed to forming bonds between young male students and successful men in the community through... Continue Reading →

APS Nutrition and Office of Early Learning host a first-ever Winter Fun-Land event

The Atlanta Public Schools Nutrition Department and Office of Early Learning collaborated for a first-ever Winter Fun-Land event held at Crim Open Campus. Nearly 500 pre-kindergarten students in the Head Start program were invited to this holiday event for a healthy meal and to learn about nutrition in the process. This four-day event was sponsored... Continue Reading →

Students celebrate reading at Slater & Perkerson Elementary

KPMG’s nationwide “Reading Relay” recently made its way to Perkerson and Thomas H. Slater Elementary Schools in Atlanta. KPMG volunteers were joined by children’s author Christy Ziglar and V-103 radio host Egypt Sherrod as they read to students throughout the day.  Additionally, each student received five new books to take home.  The books were popular... Continue Reading →

Bing for Schools: Safer, ad-free search for APS students

This fall Atlanta Public Schools (APS) was one of the first districts in the country to participate in Microsoft’s Bing for Schools (www.bing.com/explore/rewardsforschools) pilot program. Bing for Schools is now live at APS and currently provides ad-free web searches for all students. Bing for Schools offers K-12 public and private schools in the U.S. the... Continue Reading →

State Representative Stacey Abrams Reads to Toomer’s Pre-K

State Representative Stacey Abrams visited Fred Armon Toomer Elementary School during Georgia Pre-K Week to promote literacy and foster a love of reading with the Pre-kindergarten children. Toomer's Pre-K children, Pre-K staff, several Early Learning Specialist from APS Office of Early Learning/Teaching & Learning, members of Representative Stacey Abrams’ office, and representatives from Voices for... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education presents $7,500 to Haena Yoo of Gideons Elementary

Ms. Haena Yoo, a first grade teacher at Gideons Elementary, was honored before friends, family, colleagues, and her students for her unwavering dedication and exemplary performance in the classroom. Ms. Yoo received a check for $7,500 from Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE). “I was really surprised, grateful and humbled, because I know... Continue Reading →

Gideons Elementary Unveils Newly Renovated Library from Target and The Heart of America Foundation

Atlanta Public Schools’  Charles L. Gideons Elementary unveiled its newly renovated school library and parent center, sponsored by Target Corp. and The Heart of America Foundation September 24. The renovated library features 2,000 new books, new furniture, an aquarium, and technology upgrades, including new iPads. The parent center was also updated with computers and parent... Continue Reading →

Parkside’s Third Grade Class Visits Birmingham, AL!

On May 3rd, Parkside Elementary’s teacher, Mr. Timothy Farmer, and his third grade class journeyed to Birmingham, Alabama, as a culminating activity as they finished reading of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. This award-winning historical fiction chronicles the life of a family who visits Birmingham for a summer trip and encounters... Continue Reading →

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