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J.W. Dobbs Elementary School
This slideshow provides just a glimpse at some of the amazing things that happened at Atlanta Public Schools in September. Click through to see the highlights from your school. A new slideshow will be posted at the end of each month, so be sure to subscribe to APS Today and look for your scholar or your school!
APS is Thankful for Delta! Global Giant Steps Up Again to Help Hutchinson and Dobbs Elementary Schools
Students and staff at Hutchinson and Dobbs Elementary Schools have one more thing for which to be thankful … the generosity of Delta Airlines.
Members of Delta’s cargo division, led by vice president Shawn Cole, visited Hutchinson on Friday and brought boxes of school supplies, along with large bags filled with snacks
and treats for every student in the school. The students can take the snacks home over the holiday to ensure they have plenty of nourishment between meals during the Thanksgiving break. Then, the 50 or so employees hung around for a few hours to read to students.
It is yet another example of the commitment Delta has made to partner with Atlanta Public Schools to improve the lives of students and give back to the community. Along with volunteer efforts, Delta has pledged to donate $100,000 a year for the next five years to fund various projects and initiatives at Hutchinson and Dobbs Elementary.
“Atlanta is our hometown, and we want to make sure we focus on improving the community,” Cole said. “Education is the key to a successful future, and with Hutchinson and Dobbs being just five minutes away from us, we’re all part of the community. These students are our future employees and our future customers. We want to bring that ‘Delta love’ to them.”
So far this year that “Delta love” has been displayed in various ways at Hutchinson. The gym has been painted. The cafeteria has been refurbished with fresh paint, new lights and two large flat screen monitors, and Delta volunteers organized the school’s “Trunk or Treat” Halloween event and are active participants in the Delta Buddies reading program.
“We have made a huge and much-needed commitment to improve reading, and Delta is helping us with that,” Hutchinson Principal Dr. Shaunta Broadway said. “But there has been a trickle- down effect that has improved our school culture. To have an international company like Delta come in and be a partner, and donate so much time and money, it has made all of us – teachers, students, parents – feel more important. It’s just been a blessing.”
“Beautiful” was the term used by David Weitnauer, president of the Howard Dobbs Foundation, when describing the new school based care center at Dobbs Elementary School.
The care center, which opened this month, was made possible by a grant from the Howard Dobbs Foundation and partnerships with the Emory University Department of Pediatrics and Southside Medical Center.
“It looks very professional, just a beautiful space,” Weitnauer said during a site visit this week. “We want to expand health care options for underserved communities, and school-based health centers are a great way for us to reach families.”
Dr. Veda Johnson, M.D., Emory Associate Professor and Director of PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health (PARTNERS) for the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University, was equally impressed and hopes the care center will increase parental involvement in the school.
“It’s an outstanding facility, from the look of it to the professionals working here,” Dr. Johnson said. “I hope it entices more parents to come to the school and become involved. Sometimes, parents can be intimidated by teachers and principals. Schools can be an intimidating place for them. But everyone goes to the doctor. I hope this care center can help bring more parents here to the school.”
By Donovan Harris
“The power is in your hands. You are their first teacher. Education starts at home.”
These are the wise words of Peyton Rhone, secretary at Dobbs Elementary School, as she led an introductory meeting for parents at the Kids Matter 21st Century AfterSchool Program at Dobbs on Monday, Aug. 15.
Unlike typical after-school childcare services, Kids Matter offers a two-fold program where parents are also empowered and educated alongside their children through workshops that deal with bullying, as well as cooking and parent-student painting classes. The parents involved in this program receive an all-around support group experience.
Kids Matter also offers a GED Preparation program for its parents.
“If our parents commit to these GED Preparation classes that we offer here, they are guaranteed to pass the GED test.”, Ms. Rhone proclaimed.
Rhone is a testament to this program. Thanks to the partnership between the National Center for Families Learning and Toyota, Rhone was able to receive her GED and later become a college graduate.
“A family that learns together, excels together,” she said. “I have seen that in my own life and through the lives of my children.”
Throughout the evening, Rhone emphasized to parents that receiving her GED opened many “unimaginable” doors. She shared that her GED led her to a job that ultimately aligned with her passion.
“Having my GED made it that much easier to achieve my goals,” she said.
The Kids Matter parent kickoff will be held at Dobbs Elementary School on Saturday, Sept. 17. at 9 a.m.
by Taylor Jones
September 11, 2001 has forever changed the spirit of America. Since 9/11, many tributes and honors to those who lost their lives in that tragic day have transpired. But this year, groups of Atlanta Public Schools students uniquely honored those lost during the 9/11 tragedy.
To commemorate the 14th anniversary of September 11, J.W. Dobbs Elementary School students dressed in red, white, and blue to recognize this day and show love for their country. J.W. Dobbs Elementary Principal Dr. Charnita West also paid tribute to 9/11 by playing a rendition of Whitney Houston’s “Star-Spangled Banner” during the morning announcements. J.W. Dobbs Elementary School will forever remember how fortunate they are to live in America.
Atlanta Public Schools, South Metro Scholastic Fund, Humana Foundation, KaBOOM! and Hundreds of Volunteers Created Place for All Generations to Gather
Atlanta Public Schools, the South Metro Scholastic Fund, the Humana Foundation, KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization that has built more than 2,300 playgrounds) and volunteers joined forces on Saturday, Nov. 9 to build a one-of-a-kind playground and community garden at J.W. Dobbs Elementary School.
Designs for the customized playground and community garden, funded primarily by the Humana Foundation, were created with personal drawings and input from local community members.
The children who attend APS’ J.W. Dobbs Elementary School have not had a playground to enjoy for more than 10 years. The Humana Foundation is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that promotes healthy play and well-being. The unique space has a new community garden to encourage a healthy diet – as well as more traditional, kid-friendly playground equipment to build a truly multi-generational space. The project also creates an area to inspire family picnics and get-togethers for years to come.
The Humana Foundation partnered with KaBOOM! to build a new space for local residents of all ages/abilities; encourage physical activity and overall health and well-being; and provide a diverse community-gathering area. Hundreds of volunteers and community members rolled up their sleeves to build the new, 2,500-sq.-ft., playground from start-to-finish in one day in a fun, old-fashioned barn raising – with a playful twist! The project is one of more than 50 playgrounds being built by Humana, the Humana Foundation, and KaBOOM! across the U.S. over four years.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to dedicate the new play area to the children and community of Dobbs Elementary School.
On September 6th, Atlanta Public Schools, the South Metro Scholastic Fund, Humana Foundation, and KaBoom! kicked off their design plans for a new one-of-a-kind community garden at Dobbs Elementary School.
The customized playground will be funded primarily by the Humana Foundation and will be created with personal drawings and other input from local community members – from children to seniors – collected during this special design day.
The children who attend J.W. Dobbs Elementary School have not had a playground to enjoy for more than 10 years. The community will rally together to design a new community garden to encourage a healthy diet – as well as more traditional, kid-friendly equipment to create a truly multi-generational space. The project will create a gathering area to inspire family picnics and get-togethers for years to come.
The project is one of more than 50 playgrounds being built by Humana, the Humana Foundation, and KaBOOM! across the U.S. over four years. The Humana Foundation is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that promotes healthy play and well-being.
APS is thankful for all of the partners sponsoring this project and is excited for the actual building day of the playground on November 9, 2013.