School is in. Help it out.
by Sheri Brante
August 05, 2013 12:00 AM | 468 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pencils sharpened. Lunches packed. Buses loaded. Another school year begins and with it brings new hopes, new dreams and new opportunities for our kids and schools. Now is the time to nurture those hopes and dreams. Now is the time to make a difference in the education of our children.

We all have a vested interest in providing the best possible public education for our children in Cobb County. Businesses are attracted to communities with excellent public education. After all, great schools make great communities. We have that in Cobb County. On Aug. 7, the Cobb County School District opens its doors at 112 schools to more than 107,000 students. Get involved with our schools and students. There are many ways to do it.

Establish a scholarship for a graduating senior in the name of your business, in memory of a loved one or honor a colleague or family member. Scholarships can be awarded based on career choice, academics, community service or any criteria of your choice. The Cobb Schools Foundation will work with you to establish the criteria that best represents your wishes and helps create the dreams of future leaders.

Fund a grant or project for a teacher at one of our schools. Each year, the Foundation awards grants to teachers to help fund creative and innovative ideas in education. Perhaps you are passionate about technology or the arts; you can fund a grant for a teacher to help promote the subject in their classroom. Fund a dream and fill a need.

Support college readiness by sponsoring a student or class for the "Project 2400" SAT Preparation class provided for 24 high school juniors at each of our 16 high schools in partnership with Princeton Review, the Cobb Schools Foundation and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Students are selected to participate in this 10-week after-school program, helping them to better prepare them to take the SAT. All students are then required to take the May SAT exam. Students traditionally increase their scores each year, positively impacting the overall SAT scores for the Cobb County School District.

Thank those who work with our kids by volunteering or sponsoring the annual Teacher of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Awards conducted annually to recognize outstanding Cobb County School District employees and volunteers. These individuals help support our teachers and kids each and every day in and out of the classroom. Our schools would not achieve the success they have come to appreciate without the support of these employees and volunteers.

Give the gift of your time, talents and treasures to help support our schools. Join us at any of our annual fundraising events, including, Cobb Homecoming Classic golf tournament each September, Leaders and Legends Ball in February, annual "Give me 5 for Education" campaign in October or the new Capital Campaign to launch this year. Funds raised from these initiatives help to provide grants, scholarships, Project 2400, After School Program scholarships kids in need and many other academic programs and projects that would otherwise go unfunded. Donations are tax-deductible.

This year, make a difference. Help nurture the potential and cheer on the possibilities in the dreams of our children. Grab your golf clubs, put on your dancing shoes, make a donation or lend a hand. It all matters. It all makes a difference. After all, it's all about our kids, our schools and our community.

For more information about these opportunities and how you can help our schools, check out Cobb Schools Foundation at www.cobbschoolsfoundation.org.

Sheri Brante is president of the Acworth Business Association and executive director of the Cobb Schools Foundation. ]]>
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