Food Coop Opens at Slater

Urban Recipe Cooperative has launched a food co-op at Slater Elementary School. The co-op meets bi-weekly and families from all PBSA schools are invited to join. Continue Reading →

Purpose Built Schools Leads Effort to Keep Kids in School

A group of stakeholders, organized by Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, is working swiftly to do something extraordinary: Temporarily relocate 260+ low-income families in a coordinated manner so that their children can continue to attend their current neighborhood schools while a dilapidated housing development is rebuilt. Continue Reading →

Purpose Built Schools Atlanta and Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta launch first- of-its-kind partnership

Last fall, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta to provide a “learning pod” for approximately 70 students who were identified as having the potential to benefit from additional learning resources in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The club is serving as a distance-learning hub where students of all grade levels can come during the school day to do online classes. Continue Reading →

COR Brings Courage–And Essential Resources–to Carver STEAM Students During COVID-19

A recent CDC study showed that providing children who have experienced trauma with supportive, nurturing relationships can help prevent the long lasting effects of childhood trauma. A large percentage of students in south Atlanta have experienced childhood trauma, so Purpose Built Schools partnered with COR, an organization that offers social-emotional support programming to trauma-impacted students marginalized by poverty and race-based educational inequities. Continue Reading →

Building Bridges: How Urban Farming Formed an Unlikely Partnership

When Ayanna Burroughs, a teacher at Thomasville Heights Elementary School (THES), reached out to Tania Herbert, Urban Agriculture Coordinator at The Paideia School, she hoped to learn from Paideia’s thriving farm program so she could start one at THES. Both educators, located in very different parts of the city–southeast Atlanta and Druid Hills, wanted to encourage students to make change in their communities by learning how to decrease food insecurity through urban farming. Continue Reading →

CHRIS 180 Provides Mental Wellness to Students

When a student at Price Middle School was having trouble forming relationships with her peers, one of her teachers suspected she may benefit from counseling and made a referral to the school’s CHRIS 180 therapist. After several months in individual and group counseling sessions at school with her CHRIS 180 therapist, she experienced dramatic, positive improvements. Continue Reading →