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Atlanta Partners for Education Project for a Day … Making A Difference

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By Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates and Chair, Atlanta Partners for Education

Making a difference. For some business leaders, this is not just a cliché, it is reality. 

Now in its 14th year, Atlanta Partners For Education (APFE) Project for a Day (formerly Principal For A Day) has recruited over 1,500 corporate executives, civic leaders, clergy and elected officials to be a part of the school day in every one of Atlanta Public Schools’ 105 learning sites.
This year, APFE is asking volunteers to invest in our children’s future by spending a day in an Atlanta Public Schools (APS) working with students on an experiential learning project that focuses on the importance of graduating from high school and being prepared for the workforce in a global economy.

 On Oct. 24, volunteers will gain valuable insight on the strengths and challenges of educating Atlanta’s young people. By actually spending time in public schools, volunteers come away with concrete ideas about what their companies and organizations could do to make real changes that enrich the lives of students.
The ultimate goal is to foster long-term partnerships with a school to help prepare and encourage students to stay in school, graduate and go on to become successful members of the workforce.

By providing this support, we are ensuring that students will have the resources they need to move to the next grade, to graduate, to go to college and enter the workforce. This also helps build lasting relationships with the school, the students and the surrounding community.
That’s a powerful thing – to be able to make a real, tangible difference in the lives of our students, the workforce of tomorrow.
Join us in making a difference in the lives of Atlanta’s children on Oct. 24. They are our future corporate executives, civic leaders, clergy, teachers, doctors, elected officials, etc. They need our help to get them to the next level.
Project for a Day is coordinated by the Atlanta Partners for Education, a joint initiative between the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Public Schools. For more information about Atlanta Partners for Education and Project for a Day, please visit our website.
Ann Cramer has been a lifelong champion for education and youth in Georgia. She currently serves as chair of the Atlanta Partners for Education, a joint venture between the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Atlanta Public Schools dedicated to building and supporting business-education partnership to strengthen schools and develop the future workforce. Through this alliance, more than 300 businesses partner with 100 schools to offer support through mentoring and tutoring, building playgrounds and providing student incentives. She serves on many boards, including the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and the Georgia Public Education Foundation.  Ann has served as the past chair of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE), the Carter Center Board of Councilors, Communities in Schools-Georgia, the Georgia Chamber’s Education Committee, Voices for Georgia’s Children, and the Georgia Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She has also chaired the Workforce Development Task Force for the Governor’s Commission for a New Georgia and the  Governor’s Commission on Children and Youth.

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