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Crime Stoppers Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools to Launch Campus Crime Stoppers

Atlanta, GA--  Atlanta Public Schools, in partnership with Crime Stoppers Atlanta, will launch a new crime fighting program aimed at getting high school students and their parents involved in the crime prevention effort.

The new program encourages students, parents, school-based faculty and staff to proactively report crimes and criminal activity to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta organization through the group’s Web site, by text message or by telephone.  Tipsters have the option of remaining anonymous, and cash rewards are provided to those whose information leads to an arrest and indictment.

Campus Crime Stoppers will be launched at a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at Douglass High School, 225 H.E.

Volunteers From The Home Depot, KABOOM!, and the Butler St. YMCA Join Forces to Build new Playground

Atlanta, GA--  More than 300 volunteers from The Home Depot, the Bill Lucas YMCA Early Learning Center/Butler Street YMCA, and organizers from the nonprofit organization KaBOOM! will join together to build a state-of-the-art, 2,500 square foot playground in one day. The playground will provide a safe, fun environment for the children in the community.   

The playground is funded through a $98,740 grant from The Home Depot Foundation along with a $7,500 contribution from the Bill Lucas YMCA Early Learning Center/Butler Street YMCA. As a founding partner of KaBOOM!, The Home Depot provides financial support, materials and numerous volunteers for playground projects across North America as part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the communities its stores serve. As official Sustainability Partners, The Home Depot and KaBOOM!

Mayor Kasim Reed Announced the Opening of 3 Cultural Centers and AfterSchool Programs

Atlanta, GA--  Mayor Kasim Reed recently kicked off the reopening of the city’s closed three cultural centers.  Joined by Atlanta City Council members, Department of Parks Commissioner George Dusenbury and others, Mayor Reed shared his vision in transforming all 33 of the city’s recreation centers into “Centers of Hope.”

Free Standardized Test Prep

According to a report released Monday, the average score for the state’s public, private and home school students fell for the fourth straight year.

To try and intercept this issue, the Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell and Kaplan are offering a free college entrance exam preparation series. This year is the programs 9th year.

This year Georgia saw its largest and most diverse group ever of graduating seniors take the SAT, the most widely used entrance exam for in-state colleges and universities. The SAT participation rate for the Georgia class of 2010 was 74 percent, ranking Georgia among the top 10 in the nation, state officials said.

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation to Honor Arthur Blank Foundation

Atlanta, GA--  Stephanie and Arthur Blank and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation will be honored for exemplary support for public education and Georgia’s youth at the 2010 “A PAGE Turning Event” to be held September 16, 2010, at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta.  This marks the sixth year of the elegant event sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation.   

“Stephanie and Arthur Blank are well-known for their personal commitment to public education, especially in the area of early childhood intervention,” commented PAGE Foundation President Tom Wommack.  “Their commitment is further reflected in the causes that they and their family members support through the work of The Arthur M.