Education

Atlanta Public Schools’ South Atlanta Cluster Receives $100,000 Gift

Students at Hutchinson Elementary School in APS wait for a big announcement Wednesday from the Clorox Company and the Atlanta Hawks.
Students at Hutchinson Elementary School in APS wait for a big announcement Wednesday from the Clorox Company and the Atlanta Hawks.
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The Clorox Company and The Atlanta Hawks have donated $100,000 to some Atlanta Public Schools. The gift was announced at an event at Hutchinson Elementary School on Wednesday. Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins even made an appearance.

APS schools are divided into nine clusters, which usually include four or five elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. Hutchinson is part of the South Atlanta Cluster, which will receive the entire donation. The schools in that cluster are considered economically disadvantaged.

Hutchinson Principal Shuanta Broadway said her school’s share of the money will probably go toward essentials.

“…school supplies and anything for the kids…to remove any barriers that we can teach without any worries,” she says. “You know, worrying about having a lack of resources, cleanliness, anything like that.”

Broadway says Hutchinson has spent a lot of money on Personal Protective Equipment and cleaning supplies because APS adheres to the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.

“Every day we give out hundreds of masks and masks are mandated in our district,” Broadway says. “So…anything that is with cleanliness and [safety], we’re just so appreciative of it.”

Clorox and The Hawks also donated $1 million to Donors Choose, a website where the public can donate money to teachers’ classroom projects across the U.S.

A note of disclosure: The Atlanta Board of Education holds WABE’s broadcast license.

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