9.5 Groundbreaking for New KIPP Woodson Park Academy, YMCA Early Learning Center and Health Clinic


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Ian Smith, Executive Director
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Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

September 5, 2019


Construction Commences on New Educational and Health Campus in Grove Park

September 10 Groundbreaking Scheduled for new KIPP Woodson Park Academy, YMCA Early Learning Center, and Health Clinic


WHAT:            On September 10, the Grove Park community of Atlanta will officially mark the beginning of a new chapter for their children and families with the groundbreaking for the future home of KIPP Woodson Park Academy, a YMCA Early Learning Center, and a school-based health clinic. This historic, $51 million investment in the Grove Park neighborhood is the result of a partnership between the community, Atlanta Public Schools (APS), the Grove Park Foundation, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools, and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. This represents the first major step in a series of investments in the health, arts and affordability in the Grove Park neighborhood intended to boost health, equity, affordability, and economic mobility.


WHEN:            Tuesday, Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m.


WHERE:           1605 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW,

Atlanta, GA 30318


WHO:              Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools (APS)

Debra Edelson, Executive Director, Grove Park Foundation,

Kinnari Patel-Smyth, Executive Director, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

Lauren Koontz, President & CEO, YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Brian Daniel, President & CEO, Carroll Daniel, Construction


CONTACT:       Ian Smith, Atlanta Public Schools

Ian.Smith@atlanta.k12.ga.us, (404) 802-2855 


                                Justine Schwartz, Grove Park Foundation

jschwartz@groveparkfoundation.org, (407) 739-0419


Callie Hudak, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

                                CHudak@kippmetroatlanta.org, (404) 372-8650

Allison Toller, YMCA of Metro Atlanta

                                allisont@ymcaatlanta.org, (404) 481-2963            


Lindsey Isbell, Carroll Daniel Construction

lisbell@carrolldaniel.com, (770) 536-3241




About Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 52,000 students across 91 schools and programs. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 61 neighborhood schools, five partner schools, 18 charter schools, two citywide single-gender academies, three alternative schools and four alternative programs.