Congratulations 2022 School Crashers Recipients
We are excited to announce our full list of grant recipients, marking the 9th year of our program to enhance the learning environments for students and educators.
Each year, the Georgia United Foundation partners with Georgia United Credit Union to offer its School Crashers program to K-12 schools in Georgia. The School Crashers grant program is designed to unite communities, donors and volunteers to complete and support local improvement projects for deserving schools. Over the last eight years, School Crashers has positively impacted the learning environments for children at 58 schools with improvements valued at $1.6 million.
COLHAM FERRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Colham Ferry Elementary is a Title I school serving Pre-K to fifth grade students inspiring them to excel in academics, build strong character and promote citizenship. The School Crashers and Mohawk Flooring grants will be used to create a sensory room built on the principles and strategies of Zones of Regulation that will help make the school more inclusive to those students with sensory regulation. Often students who have self-regulating challenges stemming from behavior changes, anxiety and/or a specified disorder have difficulty performing well in school. The creation of this space will give students a devoted, safe environment with trained professionals with the skills and tools to help students learn to regulate responses to sensory experiences and emotions.
HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL
Heritage High School in Conyers is a Title I school that serves over 1,800 students each year. The School Crashers and Mohawk Flooring grants will turn a modular classroom into a safe mental health space where students can go to refresh, recharge and meet with the school-based therapist. With an increase in suicidal thoughts, aggression, depression and other mental health concerns; the team at Heritage High School hopes to use these grants to reimagine an old modular classroom into a space where the students feel safe, calm, welcomed and can focus on fostering self-care.
RADLOFF MIDDLE SCHOOL
Radloff Middle School in Duluth is a Title I school that serves over 1,400 students each year. Of those students 16% receive special education services. The existing sensory room is worn out, has inadequate or broken equipment and the space is not functioning as needed for the students. The School Crashers and Mohawk Flooring grants will focus on creating a space that will accommodate the students developmental and social-emotional needs for them to be successful in academics. In addition, an innovative piece of this project will incorporate the peer buddy/student ambassadors from the general education population with the students in the special education program. This initiative will forge life-changing relationships, filled with empathy amongst both the special education and general education students creating an inclusive environment.
TOWERS HIGH SCHOOL
Towers High School in Decatur is a Title I school that serves over 700 students with many living in non-traditional households. The School Crashers grant combined with a generous grant from Mohawk Flooring will transform an old space into a vibrant Counseling and Career Center for students to use to address their academic needs, personal and social issues and post-secondary options, including assistance with college and/or career planning. Additionally, the grant for Towers will provide additions to the schools’ 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 fruit and vegetable gardens.
WESTSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Rocky Face, GA
Westside Middle School is located in the northwest corner of Whitfield County in Rocky Face. Originally, the site was home to Westside High School before being converted in the 1990’s to Westside Middle School serving students sixth through eighth grade. The middle school years can be daunting due to the amount of changes students go through. The School Crashers and Mohawk Flooring grants will help improve the media center space with updated flooring, paint and comfortable, flexible seating. This media center will become the hub of the school as it is transformed into a warm, colorful and inviting space for the students to grow their love of reading. Additionally, updates to the counseling office area will create a welcoming and safe space for the students and parents to meet with counselors supporting their mental health and well-being.