Late Breaking News: Child Trauma Program this Saturday, Oct. 27


Trauma 101: Understanding the
Impact of Trauma on Children

  • How do traumatic experiences affect brain development in the young?
  • Learn ways to support children and families impacted by trauma.

What: A Learning Roundtable

Who:   For all people of faith, friends, parents

When: Saturday, October 27.  10 a.m. – 2:00 w/ lunch

Where:   Big Bethel AME, 220 Auburn Ave @ Jessie Hill Ave. (In the Fellowship Hall)

Presenters:   GA State University


Big Bethel Children’s Sabbath.

Auburn Ave. Coalition for Children & Families.

The Interfaith Children’s Movement.

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Academic Mentors Needed at Hope-Hill

Posted below is a message from Angie Lewis at Hope-Hill. It’s several days old. We’re sorry that, for logistical reasons, we weren’t able to post it sooner. Some of these slots may have been taken by now, but plenty of opportunities should still be available. Angie may be reached at

Academic Mentors Needed!

The Partner Summit was today….and we still have more spots to fill.

Are you interested in serving as an Academic Mentor?

Some spots still available:
1st Grade
M, T, W, R 10-11am
M or Thurs  1230-130
T, W, R, F 10-11:10

2nd Grade
T or Thurs 10:15-10:45

3rd Grade Reading
Tues or Thurs 11:20-12pm
Wed or Thurs 120-2pm

4th Grade Math
Thurs or Fri 11:15-12:15

4th Grade Sci/SS
M, W, or Thurs 10:15-11
M or W 1:15-2pm

Kinder Math
T, W, Thurs, F 11:50-12:35pm

If you are interested in any of those, send me an email and we will work together to get you plugged in!!

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APS Rocks: 2018 State of the District, Friday, Oct. 5


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Hope-Hill Partner Summit, Wed., Sept. 5

A message from Angie Lewis at Hope-Hill:a1



Summer is over….

                                             The 2018-2019 School Year is Underway!


Please mark your calendars for our Partner Summit!

September 5, 2018

Training, Sign up for time slots, Background checks and say hi to fellow volunteers!



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Have a Field Day—on May 18

field dayOur partners at Hope-Hill write,

We Need your Help!!

The weather is FINALLY warming up and it is looking like a great time to play outside with about 450 kids!   On May 18th, HHES will conduct its Field Day.  We would love to have you come and help us man a station (shifts are about an hour and half long).  You can do anything from beach volleyball to water sponge relay races. Use the link to sign up–I am certain you will have a great time!

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APS Legislative Reception, Tue., Feb. 20

Atlanta Parents and Community for Atlanta Public Schools

8th Annual Legislative Reception

Bringing the Gold Dome into the Community :

Securing our Future through Education Legislation!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

6:00 PM

5:30-6:00 Meet & Greet  ¦  6-7:00 Legislative Laboratories  ¦  7-8:00 Guest Speakers Q&A

Center for Leadership & Learning (APS Building)

130 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303

Guest Speakers:

GA State Superintendent,

Richard Woods

APS Superintendent

 Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen


All Atlanta-Fulton Legislators Invited:  

APS, Fulton County, Atlanta City Council, State Legislators, House & Senate,  Education Committee, Georgia BOE

Leg Labs include small group discussion on education legislation introduced this session. Legislators, Community, and a Professional Facilitator will help to support input and discussion

Enjoy Soup and Sandwiches while you speak one-on-one with your elected officials, legislators on education issues!

(Free and open to the public,  free parking APS deck enter Garnett Street)                For more info:   atlantaforatlantapublicschools


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“We LOVE Our Volunteers”: Hope-Hill’s Angie Lewis Announces Volunteer Appreciation Day Feb. 14


Happy Valentine’s Day!  Please join us for:

Volunteer Appreciation
February 14th 2018
at HHES  

We hope you are able to come.  We will snack and chat!  We would love to share all that we have accomplished this year because of your support–we absolutely could not have done all this without you!

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Happy Holidays – and Important Dates – from Hope-Hill

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Big Bethel’s 87th Year of “Heaven Bound,” Nov. 10 and 11

Posted on behalf of our friends at Big Bethel AME Church, whose Big Bethel Saturday Academy is one of our three partners in education:


” … one of Atlanta’s most enduring traditions… ”

The New York Times

In November,1929, shortly after the onset of the Great Depression, Lula Byrd Jones’s idea of a morality play to be presented in Bethel Church germinated in the search for a fund­ raising project. The play would depict the arduous Christian journey leading toward heavenly rewards. The whole spectrum of humankind would be represented by ‘pilgrims, plagued and taunted by life’s experiences. The idea quickly caught the imagination of the choir, one thought led to another, and a genius work of folk art was born. A procession of saints and angels would come marching through the pearly gates. Singing a song which pours out his or her grief, which reaffirms his or her faith or which lifts up a fervent prayer for the strength to endure, each pilgrim would confront Satan along the way. Some of them would be waylaid, and others spell bound by the trickery and deceit. A celestial choir would raise a mighty hymn when a struggling pilgrim reached the Promised Land. Finally, a “Soldier in the Army of the Lord,” in a heated clash, would deliver a fatal blow to Satan and the Heavenly Host would rejoice.

In February, 1930, at ten cent at head, Heaven Bound makes its debut to a packed house. The play soon became a church-wide production, which returned year after year to huge crowds, and high critical acclaim. Time magazine, in 1931, reported that more than eight thousand people saw an early presentation of the play at the old Atlanta Theatre, with five thousand more packed them in. Out of the Depression and through the War Years, Heaven bound continued to pack them in. By popular demand, the pageant played in towns and cities in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. The outstanding choirs performed  with the world premiere of “Gone with the Wind” and the Pops Concert series at the Fox Theatre and Chastain Memorial Park.

Presented more than 800 times, the play has been featured in the New York Times in local print and television media. More than one million tickets have been sold since the performance. One saint who performed during the Great Depression, Edna Collier, continues to perform.


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Party for Operation PEACE—Like It’s Totally 80’s—Sun., Nov. 5


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