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SFCC Atlanta signs agreement to support challenged, Brown Middle School

by on May 13, 2015

Brown Middle School in the West End Community of Atlanta, Georgia is a school riddled with anomalies.  For example, although the school has consistently scored well on all system-wide standardized tests they are also plagued by students who receive their first and last meal of the day during school hours. Known to have a caring, loving and effective Principal, Mrs. Tiauna Crooms who has worked tirelessly to draw the best of community partners to provide a myriad of enrichment programs; the school also has a growing gang population and drug issues due to the merging of rivaling neighborhoods in which the stressors find their origins.  During a November 2014 Strengthening Families and Communities Coalition Meeting, Graduation Coach, Mr. Justin Crowder, made a passionate plea before the Coalition that consists of a database of approximately 189 non-profits, for-profits and government agencies to lend support to identified children in need of services within the sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes. Heeding the call to action…SFCC Atlanta and its Partners answered using a collective impact model and has agreed to extend wrap-around services including addressing truancy, mentorship, student ambassador initiatives and the support of overall positive school culture. Ms. Gwendolyn Sands, founder of Visions Unlimited (lead agency) and Chair of Brown Middle School project for SFCC Atlanta states, “we are supporting in collaboration a pre-established on-site “Opportunity Center” which serve as a place of reprieve for students experiencing in-classroom concerns that would otherwise lead to their dismissal from school, as well as, a hub for student based services such as:  Tutorials, Character Development and Life Skills to name a few.”

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