school Crashers 2020
Each year, the Georgia United Foundation partners with Georgia United Credit Union to offer its School Crashers program to K-12 schools in Georgia. Each spring, deserving schools can apply for a facility makeover that will be delivered over the summer by Georgia United team members, community volunteers and business partners.
Over the last six years, School Crashers has positively impacted the learning environments for children at 43 schools with improvements valued at $1.3 million. The 2020 program will deliver significant facility improvements to five schools.
Congratulations to our 2020 School Crashers recipients!
2020 school crashers recipients
B.B. Harris Elementary School - Duluth, GA
B.B. Harris is a Title 1 school and is one of the oldest elementary schools in Gwinnett County. Special needs students comprise 20% of the student population. While they have a lot of community and family support, there is a need for an updated playground. The current equipment has several sections that need to be repaired or replaced. With 817 students, they would like to maximize this space by adding more swings, interactive games and equipment for all students to enjoy. School Crashers will work with B.B. Harris Elementary to help update and expand their playground.
Hillcrest Elementary School - Dublin, GA
Hillcrest Elementary is a Title 1 school that uses all of their available funds to meet the academic needs of their students. Hillcrest focuses on Pre-K through 4th grade with a total of 525 students. Recently, most of the equipment on their single playground has been deemed unsafe and was removed. The School Crashers program will be providing a safe, new playground for Hillcrest students to enjoy.
Jolly Elementary School - Clarkston, GA
Jolly Elementary is a Title 1 school that serves Clarkston's refugee community and has an incredibly diverse student population. Their playground needs updates and repairs to maximize safety and fun for these students as they adapt to public schools in the U.S. The 10-foot-tall monkey bars need a new ladder and only a small portion of the playground is covered in protective wood chips. The rest is a sandy, grassy field that easily floods. It takes several days to dry, making the playground inaccessible even on sunny days. School Crashers will work with Jolly Elementary to update their playground to an accessible, safe area.
New Hope Middle School - Dalton, GA
New Hope Middle School has two extraordinary academic programs. They have a self-contained class for students with intellectual disabilities and a self-contained resource classroom for students with autism. Both programs serve students with diversifying academic needs that range from autism, intellectual disorders, physical impairments, visual impairments and oppositional defiant disorders. Although each program has its own classroom, the students would benefit from having a safe place where they could relax to calm and refocus themselves. School Crashers will work with New Hope to renovate an old, unused computer lab into a sensory room to create a better environment for students and Mohawk Carpet will be providing new carpet for the space.
Walnut Grove Elementary School - Suwanee, GA
Walnut Grove Elementary has a very small space for recess and outside activities that service their self-contained special education classrooms. However, the equipment is not age-appropriate for all the students who use this space and it does not have the equipment to meet the specific needs of many of their autism spectrum students. School Crashers will work with Walnut Grove to update their equipment and provide wheelchair accessibility.
2020 mohawk carpet grant recipients
Two schools were selected to receive a Mohawk Carpet Grant. These schools will have their Media Center carpets replaced. Mohawk Industries will be providing approximately 4,000 square feet of flooring improvement across all grant recipients. Congratulations to Avondale Elementary School and Booker T. Washington High School!
Avondale Elementary School hopes the new carpet will give a much-needed makeover to their media center/library and will encourage their students to explore learning through books and building connections. Their overall goal is to create an inviting, comfortable, and colorful place where reading, learning, and discovering are fun.
Booker T. Washington High School hopes this grant will create a more inviting media center that will help promote collaboration and engagement. Martin Luther King, Jr. once studied inside the walls of Booker T. Washington and they wish to honor that history while propelling their literacy program forward.