In the past 10 days, I have witnessed an incredible outpouring of community efforts to support students and families in need: In our most underserved areas, a Herculean effort was orchestrated by Leroy Hutchins to support the Pebblebrook and South Cobb school communities. Christal McNair’s business, Studio Bungee, served as a basic needs and food drop-off location. I was also moved to tears by Mark Hellman, from Due West United Methodist Church, one of our community partners, last week who was working to coordinate nutrition efforts when he ended his text with, “We Stand Ready.”
I live and serve in the most incredible community.
Late last week, I sent a “Call to Action” to the Communities In Schools Advisory Council and our community partners to raise funds for laptops to support students who are without technology. As important as feeding our students’ bodies, we must continue to support their education. Without technology, digital learning is not an option. Thank you to Cobb EMC, Cobb Community Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Kiwanis Club of Marietta, LGE Credit Union and individual donors for your support in helping us order 200 refurbished laptops for students in the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools!
The “In” part of Communities In Schools means that we are “in” the schools where students are, serving students and families with resources and programming and providing stability, social/emotional support and success plans to attain grade promotion and graduation. Our commitment is unwavering to guide and support student success through digital platforms, online tutoring resources, and connecting students with online programming so that positive connections can be continued and students can continue to thrive.
This is a critical time for all non-profit organizations as we navigate how to sustain the services we offer while not receiving the funds that support our efforts, on a monthly basis. Our Site Coordinators continue to support students remotely during this challenging time. While our office is closed and we continue to work remotely until Friday, April 3, 2020, we urge you to be safe and reduce the risk of exposure to you and your family.
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