Tuesday, January 10, 2013: The National Title I Association is pleased to announce that South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice from Atlanta, Georgia has been named a National Title I Distinguished School by the Georgia state department of education. South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice is one of 67 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2012.
More information about all National Title I Distinguished Schools is available on the National Title I Association website: www.titlei.org.
· Financial Literacy
· Conflict Resolution
· The Value of Personal Vision Planning
· Teen Dating, Violence and Healthy Relationships
While these are only a few of the eighteen different sessions offered, some of the truly powerful information that was shared came through question and answer sessions outside of the formal presentations. A community effort, the event featured speakers from the Emory Law Students Group, the American Civil Liberties Union, Leslie Grant and Eshe Collins from the APS Board of Education and Planned Parenthood. Student Ambassadors were able to stretch their leadership muscles during the day by greeting and ushering the honored guests to their workshops and later, a catered lunch.
“This day is really a one day conference we have for our students to empower them to become better students and citizens in their community,” says conference organizer and Science Instructor Andrea Pendergrass.
The day began with an opening ceremony featuring Chara Fisher Jackson, the Deputy Director of the ACLU Foundation of Georgia. She stressed the importance of life planning, knowing your rights and working with your passion to positively impact your community. Students bounced questions off the young activist and expressed a desire to learn more about how laws are written and how they can change them. Later, in the Teen Dating session, one of the many gender specific workshops, Jasmine Holloway from the Grady Rape Crisis Center talked with students as they spoke frankly about the dating trends they have seen play out on television and in their real lives in a close-knit small group.
Scheduled on the last day before Spring Break, the event left students with a number of messages to relax and reflect on before a much needed vacation.
The vision of the South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice is that it will be a safe and supportive community of self-motivated learners that promotes social justice values and critical thinking through real-world experiences. LSJ is a public school within the Atlanta Public School district and serves students in grades 9-12.