• As one of the largest districts in Georgia, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) serves approximately 52,000 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. More than 75% of APS students qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Our district’s population is diverse and the needs are great.

    During the 2021 - 2022 school year, the PTA will organize service projects with goals of giving back to our Morningside Elementary community and our larger Atlanta Public School community. Look for information about masked volunteer and service opportunities in the Digital Dolphin and from your Room Parents.

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    Students can pick up a "Homeless at Heart" donation bag (no boxes this year) from the tables at the front of the school. Fill the bag with donated items and a homemade Valentine card.  Click HERE for a suggested list of items to include inside of the bag, and even some items not to include.  What a fun project for kids and families!

    Send the filled donation bag back to MES with your child.  There will be a collection right at the front tables.  You and your family will give the gift of your time, resources and express your love and caring to brighten someone’s February!  Our deadline is Friday, February 11th. Please contact Lorraine (slorrainehatch@gmail.com) or Ryan (jones1ryan1@gmail.com) with any questions you may have.

    “Homeless at Heart" was created as a result of an 11 year old Atlanta student's aspiration in January, 2015 to make Valentine boxes with handwritten cards for the homeless.  After just a few years, "Homeless at Heart" gave away approximately 13,500 boxes and bags with Valentine cards - not just in Atlanta, but also in Birmingham and Oklahoma City!   More information on the initiative here.  

    Upcoming Opportunities

    March/April 2022 -- Earth Day/environmental awareness project

    Current Volunteer Opportunities / Needs: 

    Intown Collaborative Ministries (https://intowncm.org/volunteer).  Current needs (as of 9/30/2021) are plastic grocery bags and shelf-stable milk.

    Grady Cares (can be found on Facebook).  Right here in our own Cluster, Midtown (formerly Grady) High School has nearly 1,500 students and a great number transition in and out during the school year, especially those experiencing poverty or homelessness.  Grady Cares provides for these families in need.  Current needs are grocery gift cards and cash donations to purchase essentials for families (working through the Cluster principals, social workers and counselors).

    Step Up Thrift Store – Grady Cares works with this organization which provides free clothes to some families in the Midtown Cluster. Can drop off at 1840 Cheshire Bridge Rd. (behind the restaurant Los Margaritas), 404-892-3392 on Monday through Saturday, 11-6. Please tell them Grady Cares sent you!

    Past Community Service Projects:

    • Virginia-Highland Church (donated socks, snacks and backpacks for homeless and asylum seekers)
    • New American Pathways (donated and assembled essentials kits for Afghan refugee families new to Atlanta)
    • Children Read
    • Intown Collaborative Ministry Drives (Food, Toiletries and Utensils)
    • Zaban House Sack Lunches
    • Grady Cares Food Donations & Distribution
    • 5th Grade Canned Food Drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank

    Resources and Information - Food Insecurity (from the Atlanta Community Food Bank)

    Resources and Information - Housing Insecurity (from Love Beyond Walls)

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