09.19 Weekly News Tip Sheet (Week of September 19, 2022)

Office of Communications and Public Engagement
130 Trinity Avenue SW | Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Seth Coleman, Director of Media

404-802-2891, office
404-345-8630, cell


Jasmine Mosley, Interim Media Relations Manager

404-802-2888, office
404-937-0473, cell



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                
September 19, 2022

Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet
(September 19 - 24, 2022)


Editors/Producers/Reporters: The following is a list of events, programs, accomplishments, and/or initiatives occurring in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) this week. Please use it as a guide as you develop your coverage plans.

Members of the media are invited to attend all events on the Weekly APS News Tip Sheet.


If you have an interest in these stories, please contact Seth Coleman, Director, Media, or Jasmine Mosley, Interim Media Relations Manager.


Thank you for your interest in Atlanta Public Schools!


(Tuesday, 11 AM) APS Partners with Atlanta Sports Teams, UPS, Chick-fil-A, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Celebrities
to Celebrate Civic Education, Participation at Democracy Fest 2022


Atlanta Public Schools is partnering with the city’s professional sports teams, United Parcel Service, Chick-fil-A, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and several national celebrities for a celebration of civic education and participation in the democratic process: Democracy Fest 2022.


The event will be held at the Home Depot Backyard and feature hundreds of APS high school juniors and seniors.


WHAT:      Democracy Fest 2022, a celebration of civic education and
participation in the democratic process.


WHERE:    Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes Benz Stadium
                   (1 Backyard Way, Atlanta)


WHO:         Special celebrity guests, APS, Atlanta pro sports teams, UPS, Chick-fil-A, and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta


WHEN:      Tuesday, September 20; 11 AM


AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS: Dr. Lisa Herring, Superintendent, APS; Eshe’ Collins, Chair, Atlanta Board of Education; Laura Lane, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, UPS; Rodney Bullard, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility, Chick-fil-A; Renee Montgomery, Atlanta Dream; Morgan Shaw Parker, President & COO, Atlanta Dream; selected students


Media are asked to RSVP as a limited number of credentials will be available for security and planning purposes. Contact Chris Armond (601-212-8159) or Jaleesa McDowell (318-230-3242). They may be reached via email at Press@WeThriveMedia.com.



(Wednesday, 11 AM) Douglass HS Ninth Graders Learn About Restaurant Industry Careers During Lecture Series


In a city known for its robust dining culture, students at the Frederick Douglass High School Ninth Grade STEAM Academy are learning about the various types of careers available in the restaurant industry.


Through the end of September, the Atlanta Public Schools Nutrition Department is piloting a Restaurant Career Speaker Series at the school, featuring restaurant owners and executives who are speaking with students during their lunch period about entrepreneurship and career goals in the field. The students are treated to menu items from the speakers’ restaurants.


Last week, the school’s 300 students heard from Douglass High School graduates Walter and Daphne Jordan, owners of Slush (327 Edgewood Avenue, SE).  The next two series speakers are scheduled to be:


  • (September 21) Nancy’s Chicago Pizza
  • (September 28) Chick-fil-A



Howard MS Students Featured in Smithsonian Channel Documentary About Obama Portraits Tour


David T. Howard Middle School students are featured in a documentary that chronicles their impressions of the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.


Though the support of the Zeist Foundation, all APS fifth graders and students from Howard Middle were able to see the portraits when their national tour stopped in Atlanta last year at the High Museum. Howard Middle art teacher Mandy Lebowitz taught her students about the background and techniques of the artists who created both portraits and had them create their own self-portraits before attending the exhibit.


The documentary was produced by the Smithsonian Channel and can be streamed on the channel’s platforms. The segment featuring Howard students may be seen here.


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