10.24 Weekly News Tip Sheet - Week of October 23, 2023

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Seth Coleman, Director of Media

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Jasmine Mosley, Media Relations Manager

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                
October 24, 2023

 Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet
(October 23 - 28, 2023)

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, Media Relations Manager.

Thank you for your interest in Atlanta Public Schools! 


(Wednesday, 10 AM) Mays High School to Celebrate District-Wide No Place for Hate Day with Living Art Exhibit

For the eighth consecutive year, Atlanta Public Schools has been named as an official No Place for Hate school district by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and schools are celebrating it in various ways on “No Place for Hate Day” in APS on Wednesday, Oct. 25. 

Mays High School will feature a living art gallery, where students will wear original artwork they have created to express their feelings about bullying and other expressions of hate they may have seen or experienced. 

Additionally on Wednesday, students and district employees have been encouraged to wear the No Place for Hate colors – black and yellow – and Interim Superintendent Dr. Danielle Battle will read the anti-bullying book “Say Something” to all elementary school students, via video. 

APS earned the No Place for Hate designation by way of all of its schools meeting the ADL’s criteria: 

  • Expose all students to the No Place for Hate pledge.
  • Create proposals for at least three engaging school-wide activities, approved by the ADL, that inspire students and staff to become effective allies in creating schools that are free of bias, prejudice, and bullying.
  • Submit reflections on the impact of the three activities.

WHAT:           No Place for Hate Day activity at Mays High School, featuring a  living art gallery, where students will wear original artwork they have created to express their feelings about bullying and other expressions of hate they may have seen or experienced. 

WHEN:          Wednesday, Oct. 25 | 10 a.m.

WHERE:        Benjamin E. Mays High School | 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW

Available for Interviews: 

Ramon Garner, Principal, Mays High School
Erica Blount, Counselor, Mays High School


(Thursday, 3 PM) Atlanta Dream, Microsoft Team Up for Basketball & Coding Clinic at Boyd Elementary School

The Atlanta Dream and Microsoft are collaborating on an initiative to inspire the next generation of female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professionals through basketball and coding.

The organizations are hosting after-school clinics at several Atlanta Public Schools over the next few weeks, where girls will spend an hour in a basketball camp led by members of the Atlanta Dream, and an hour in a STEM/coding session led by Microsoft staff members. 

Approximately 60 girls in the afterschool program at Boyd Elementary School will participate in Thursday’s event. The STEM/coding session will be held in the media center, while the basketball clinic – featuring a Q&A and photos with a Dream player as well as a basketball skills and drills session – will be held in the gym. 

WHAT:           Approximately 60 girls at Boyd Elementary School will participate in a basketball and coding clinic sponsored by the Atlanta Dream and Microsoft. 

WHEN:          Thursday, Oct. 26 | 3 p.m.

WHERE:        William M. Boyd Elementary School | 1891 Johnson Road, NW

Available for Interviews: 

Dr. Joi Kilpatrick, Principal, Boyd Elementary School
Alexandria Cooper, STEM/STEAM Coach, Boyd Elementary
Atlanta Dream representatives
Microsoft representatives

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