Box 21, Folder 35, Document 18

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Box 21, Folder 35, Document 18

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THE ATLANTA AND FULTON COUNTY CONHUNITY SCHOOL PROGR;\1,f
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The Atlanta and Fulton County Public Schools for the past
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twenty-one months have been engaged in a sound and practical endeavor which
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attempts to provide an educational opportunity for the entire cormnunity .
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Thirteen schools have participated in the program by extending the hours
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of the school day until ten o'clock in the evening and offering activities
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With advice from a citizens council, the activities offered
provide an opportunity for each member of the family to improve himself
or fulfill his leisure time with,wholesome recreational activities.
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Each
of the schools with one exception is located in an indigent cormnunity
where the school has the potential to compensate for the environmental and
·educational deficiencies that have existed for so many years:
Although each community school has attempted to develop a
program which would serve the needs of the cormnunity, there were several
problems prevalent which were cormnon to each community.
Some of the
pr,oblems most cormnon were:









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The image of the school was not a positive one.
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Delinquency was common.
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The dropout rate was alarming.
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The male image was lacking in many homes.
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Parents hesitated to participate in school programs.
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Health problems were existent.
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Recreational programs and playgrounds were sadly lacking.
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The initiative on the part of the people to do anything
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about it was missing.
Several other factors influence,d the need for cormnunity education
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which would establish effective cormnunications and open the doors of the
school to the residents of the cormnunity.
In each community the educational
level c,f the people was quite low and their experiences in school had been
unsuccessful.
Many adultsneeded to master the basic skills to help them-
selves and to keep up with their children. · Other adults had not had the
opportunity to complete high school and others had vocational interest
which had never been satisfied.
All of the social ills were prevalent in
the community without a conserted effort to eliminate them.
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With an awareness for the existing problem, the two boards of
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education implemented the Cormnunity School Program in July of 1965.
Some
of the purposes for implementing this program include the following:
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To provide opportunities for school age children to participate
in educational activities other than during the regular school
day.
This includes use of libraries; enrichment, supervised
study and recreational programs during the afternoons, evening
and on Saturdays, fifty-two weeks a year.
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To provide opportunities for adults to participate in
similar programs, including some pre-vocational activities,
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and an opportunity to improve certain saleable skills.
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To provide an academic program for adults ranging from basic
education for the illiterate and semi-illiterate to completion
of high school.
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To make the school available for all the people in the community
for programs which would develop and enhance their individual,
family and cormnunity lives.
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To provide leadership which will serve as the catalytic agent
to put unity in the cormnunity by bringing people together to
solve their problems.
Funds made available through Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc.
made it possible for programs to be started in the target areas in which
cormnunity action programs were focusing attention.
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These funds will be
exhausted on May 31, 1967 and will not permit the operation of the SUIIIlller
Program for the youth unless other financial support can be derived.
Proposed Summer Program 1967
Based on the experiences of ou'r summer program ~966, we anticipate
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1vet h e yout h in
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a program wh ic
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With the total school facilities at our disposal, recreational and enrichment
activities will be offered throughout the summer months.
Some of the enrich-
ment activities for boys and girls will include:
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Creative Dancing
Reading for Fun
Arithmetic for Fun
Cookouts
Knitting
Beauty and Charm
Wood Shop
Science
Music (band)
Arts and Crafts
Typing For Fun
Archery
Ceramics
Junior Homemaking
Speech and Drama
Doll Haking
Camping Trips
Leather Craft
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Recreational activities will provide the following opportunities:
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Pee Wee Baseball
Gymnastics
Tennis
Weight Lifting
Softball
Track and Field
Soccor
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Bicycle Hikes
Sw:inrrning
Basketball Baton and Cheerleading
Judo
Volleyball
Teen Dances
Under the direction of the Assistant Principal for the Connnunity
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School, the preceding activities will be possible in twelve of our connnunity
schools affected by federal funding.
A request to fund the operation of
these schools under Title I has been made while six .additional schools seek
local support for their existence this sunnner.
For the continuation of
the connnunity school $59,000 has been requested while the local support for
six additional sites would total $18,000.
These eighteen centers would
provide a vital contribution to the recreational needs in our inner city
co~unities.
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last summer over two thousand children and youth took part
each day in the program at one particular school.
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It would be possible
for each school to acconnnodate approximately one thousand youth daily in
the recreational and enrichment activities . . The connnunity schools stand
ready to accept this challenge .
The Future
The continuation of the Connnunity School Program in Atlanta is
vital .t o the continued growth and development of our city.
The school
has the potential to improve the citizens of each community and in turn,
help each community become the best possible.
We are hopeful that we can
look forward to many successful years of connnunity education with September, 1967
beginning our third.
goals ,
Financial assistance is necessary to accomp~ish these

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