A high school in Decatur was recently selected as the recipient of a grant to go towards school improvements this summer.
The Georgia United Foundation, in partnership with Georgia United Credit Union, announced Towers High School as one of five grant recipients for the 2022 Georgia United Foundation School Crashers program.
“School Crashers is one of the foundation’s largest community service programs that offers schools across the state of Georgia an opportunity to apply for a school facility makeover,” stated officials. “Interested schools were asked to include a photograph along with a 250-word essay describing why their school should receive a makeover. Nominations were received from 29 school systems and after a rigorous judging process, five schools have been slated to receive school improvements over the summer.”
As part of the grant, Towers High School’s career and counseling center will receive a makeover. “The School Crashers grant and an additional grant from Mohawk Flooring will transform the old space into a vibrant space for students to utilize to address their academic needs, personal and social issues, and their post-secondary options, including assistance with college and/or career planning,” stated a press release.
An outdoor space at Towers High School will also receive upgrades. “The grant will help provide additions to the school’s outdoor classroom, garden and courtyard area including the creation of a pollinator garden that will help attract bees and butterflies that will aid the 4-H Club and Air Force Junior ROTC’s fruit and vegetable gardens,” stated a press release.
Towers High School in Decatur is a Title I school that serves over 700 students with many living in non-traditional households, stated officials. According to DeKalb County School District’s website, Title I schools “receive funds based on poverty percentage and school population. These funds are utilized for the most academically at-risk students to support school efforts tied to challenging state academic standards to reinforce and enhance efforts to improve teaching and learning for students.”
According to a press release, the Georgia United Foundation School Crashers program has impacted 38,530 children across 58 schools through facility improvements valued at over $1,600,000. Funding for the program is provided by the Georgia United Foundation and donations made by community partners, stated officials.
Towers High School and the four additional selected schools will receive project improvements that will be completed before the start of the 2022-23 school year.
For more information, visit www.gucufoundation.org/schoolcrashers.