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June 17, 2005

Partners in Education

Truly, it takes a village to raise a child. The entire community must come together to provide the best resources from a diverse community of interests to meet the challenges the future holds by educating our children today. Certainly the future isn't what it used to be.

The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce understood this and started the Partners in Education program many years ago. The program connects public schools in the county with business partners. The partnership is designed to promote the mutual goals shared by the schools and the business community.

Additionally, Mabry has participated in the "Principal for a Day" program. Dr. Tyson has had the pleasure each year of hosting a business leader as his shadow for a day. This program affords our business community with the opportunity to see firsthand the wonderful things that go on at Mabry Middle School as well as the challenges we face with profoundly limited resources.

At Mabry we have enjoyed some significant and meaningful partnerships with our business community. Dr. Tyson has presented the Fish! employee motivation presentation for local businesses in the county. He has also presented about the educational programs in the Cobb County School District to East Cobb business leaders. Dr. Tyson was also the keynote speaker at Kennesaw State University's Georgia Movie Academy awards night.

Additionally, Mabry has promoted the reading of USAToday with our reading and research emphasis and held live internet video conferences with the editors of that paper in New York. Our students have performed at Apple's Atlanta Executive Offices. Mabry has provided the county technology integration specialists with training for the new laptop initiative. We have publicized any number of businesses, business people, and community organizations for their significant donations to our film festival. Our students have even made promotional DVDs for local real estate agents.

And certainly businesses have made significant contributions to Mabry Middle School. The Lindblad Expedition Company has made a substantial library of video footage of exotic habitats available to our students for their Life Science study. Apple has provided our staff, parents, and students with an invaluable amount of training in movie-making for instructional achievement. Dr. Michael Murphy, Dean of the College of Computer Sciences at Southern Polytechnic State University, has made a substantial contribution to Mabry's long-range technology plan. He has also been very active on our School Council through the years. Dr. Traci Redish, from the Education Technology Center at Kennesaw State University, another Partner in Education, has also served on our school council. A number of other local businesses have made contributions to our school.

The bottom line of the Partners in Education program: it can be what ever the school principal and business agree would be mutually beneficial. Everyone wins, especially the children in Cobb County. I invite you to consider partnering with Mabry Middle School. Feel free to contact Dr. Tyson to discuss any ideas you may have.

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