11.26 APS Weekly News Tip Sheet

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

Ian Smith, Executive Director
404-802-2855, office
404-603-6934, cell

Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager 
404-802-2891, office
404-406-5570, cell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    

November 26, 2018


Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet 
(November 26 – December 1)

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


Race2Read: 2 Million Minute Challenge Helping APS Improve Literacy Proficiency

Atlanta Public Schools has launched an initiative to improve reading districtwide.

The APS Race2Read: 2 Million Minute Challenge! calls for students in all APS schools – as well as their teachers, staff, parents and community partners – to read for at least 2 million minutes by the end of the school year. Currently, the district has spent more than 450,000 minutes reading since the initiative was launched November 6, and schools have been developing their own programs to boost reading. Schools leading the charge include Cascade Elementary, Cleveland Avenue Elementary, F.L. Stanton Elementary, Fickett Elementary, Finch Elementary, M. Agnes Jones Elementary, Morris Brandon Elementary, Sarah Smith Elementary, Sylvan Middle School and Tuskegee Airmen Global (TAG) Academy.



APS, Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System Partnership
Provides Free Library Passes

Atlanta Public Schools and the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System (AFPLS) have partnered to offer APS students broader access to the Fulton County Public Library.

The CLASS Pass @ APS (Connecting Libraries and Schools for Success) will allow all 52,000 APS students seamless access to the vast number of AFPLS resources using their APS login credentials. The first integration includes students, teachers, media specialists and instructional coaches. In the second implementation, all other APS staff will be integrated. All users will have access to a variety of free resources such as books, movies, courses, tutoring, music, an expansive digital library, job resources and GED resources just to name a few.

Instructors will also have access to instructional resources that support the Units of Study taught in grades K-12.  AFPLS will help to bridge the home-school connection that parents may need to feel empowered to gather resources and books that support classroom learning. This partnership also helps parents and students have books for pleasure reading at home by waiving fines for overdue books.

This partnership will benefit Atlanta Public Schools’ students and families by providing resources and decreasing monetary barriers that traditionally reduce community usage. The collaboration between APS and AFPLS provides the instructional bridge for parents to gather instructional resources curated by the public and district librarians specifically for APS families available throughout the city.

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, Media Relations Manager.