Stonewall Tell’s Natalie Rachel Named Presidential Award State Finalist 

Natalie S. Rachel, a highly motivated teacher at Stonewall Tell Elementary School, was recently named a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The Nationally Board-Certified Early Childhood educator earned her Educational Specialist and T-6 certification and is currently enrolled in a K-5 Science Endorsement program through a Mathematics Science Partnership grant. “Natalie has proven to be a wonderful addition to the Stonewall Tell family,” said Principal Philip Hammonds. 

“To be recognized for teaching is amazing and overwhelming,” says the Spelman College graduate.

 

South Fulton’s Own SWAG Bags

SWAG Bags & More began in 2017 in Southwest Atlanta, as a form of grief therapy for the founder, Shondra, after the loss of her baby. During this time, she gained an appreciation for celebrating all of life’s small and big occasions and decided to create a company where she could spread joy to others during these occasions. She recognizes that each individual is unique and loves to receive custom, personalized gifts/favors designed specifically for them.  

SWAG Bags & More is committed to offering unique, quality and custom SWAG to all of their customers. They provide no/low minimum orders on t-shirts, drinkware, tote bags and more. Visit ATLSwagBagsAndMore.com and (@swagbagsandmore) on Instagram! They hope you find your SWAG, the perfect gift for all occasions!

Employment Assistance in South Fulton

Georgia’s Vocational Rehabilitation Agency provides training, work support and job placement assistance to Georgians with disabilities who want to work. Their team of licensed professionals collaborate with qualifying individuals to identify employment opportunities that match their unique interests and skill set.

GVRA offers five distinct programs administered through more than 40 offices across the state, offering highly-customizable services designed to meet people where they are, no matter what type of disability they face. They offer two residential facilities, mobility and travel training, assistive work technology and a host of other free services that promote employment and independence. 

For individuals with disabilities, they offer the following free services:

  • • Job training 
  • • Assistive work technology
  • • Job placement assistance

For employers, they offer:

  • • Accessibility surveys
  • • Sensitivity training
  • • Consulting

Learn more about GVRA services or find an office near you at GVS.GA.gov or call 844-FOR-GVRA (844.367.4872).

First South Fulton School Earns State STEM Certification

State School Superintendent Richard Woods presented Evoline C. West Elementary School with its STEM Banner, welcoming the school into the state’s cluster of certified STEM schools. The school is the first school in South Fulton and the fourth in the district to become state-certified in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“Your certification is something you’ve earned and is one thing for which you will always be known, as the first STEM school in South Fulton,” said Superintendent Woods. “STEM education embodies what education should be—a schoolwide initiative that takes student learning beyond the classroom.”

Principal Jennifer Burton congratulated her STEM team for their hard work and Jayvon Perry, fifth grader, explained how his STEM projects have a social action component, noting that his classmates have created a response plan in the event of a natural disaster in their South Fulton community.

STEM-certified schools offer an integrated curriculum focusing on problem-solving, discovery, exploratory project/problem-based learning, and student-centered development of ideas and solutions. Fulton County Schools plans to open a STEM school in Fairburn, Georgia, in fall 2021.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a White Christmas

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta announced that “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film, is coming to Atlanta this holiday season.

The heartwarming celebration of Americana will begin performances at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, November 27 for a limited one-week engagement through Sunday, December 2.

“White Christmas” tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn who fall for a stunning sister act. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” and the unforgettable title song, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! The New York Times exclaims “this cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.” And, the New York Daily News hailed “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” as “a holiday card come to life.” 

Tickets, $34 at FoxTheatre.org/WhiteChristmas, 1.855.285.8499, or visit the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta). Group sales: 404.881.2000.