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Parent Groups Come Together To Help To APS Families Affected By Pandemic

Atlanta Thrive and the Latino Association for Parents in Public Schools recently distributed $100,000 to those affected by the pandemic.
Atlanta Thrive and the Latino Association for Parents in Public Schools recently distributed $100,000 to those affected by the pandemic.
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Two parent-driven organizations are stepping up to help Atlanta Public Schools families who may be struggling with housing, food insecurity or other needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Atlanta Thrive and the Latino Association for Parents in Public Schools recently announced plans to distribute $100,000 to those affected by the pandemic.

The funding comes from the For Us By Us Atlanta relief fund, and through a partnership with the APS Office of Partnerships and Development.

Recipients should receive their checks by the end of July, according to the parent groups.

On Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Ricardo Miguel Martinez, president of the Latino Association for Parents in Public Schools, Kimberly Dukes, executive director of Atlanta Thrive, described some of the challenges APS families are facing during the pandemic.

Martinez and Dukes also shared concerns about equity within the district and resources for low-income students and their households.

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To listen to the full conversation, click on the audio player above.