The Atlanta Braves today announced a partnership with the Cobb County School District. The Braves outlined the five-part initiative and helped motivate Cobb School staff during the District’s leadership kick off celebration at Hillgrove High School.
The Braves kicked off the team’s announcement about the Cobb Schools partnership with an exciting Braves drumline that included Cobb students. Former Braves player and current Braves sports analyst Brian Jordan addressed the Cobb School leaders, pumping them up for the new partnership and new school year.
The programs the Braves have partnered to support include:
- Literacy Programs for K-8
- Braves Student Leaders for 9-12
- Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education for K-12
- Teacher Grants, Recognition and Recruitment
- Jobs for Students and Teachers
“We are honored to have our new partner, the Atlanta Braves, join us in achieving the vision of ‘One Team. One Goal. Student Success,’” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “The Braves will be calling Cobb County home, and they are dedicated to helping our students achieve success. I am thankful for their commitment to education and welcome them to the Cobb County School District.”
As a way to promote literacy among K-8 students, the Braves will reward students for reading with Braves tickets and promotional items. The Braves Student Leadership program for high school students will offer career exposure and shadowing opportunities as well as impactful workshops, peer discussion, seminars and meaningful service. As part of the STEM education initiative for K-12, the Braves will help support field trips, technology and science fairs and STEM days at SunTrust Park. The goal of the STEM initiative is to improve learning outcomes and student interest in STEM.
The Braves plan to assist with teacher recognition and recruitment by sponsoring rewards for teachers of the month, end-of-the-year party and an in-game ceremony for the teachers of the year. The Braves Foundation will also award grants to teachers to fund professional development, classroom enrichment, school supplies and field trips. Working with the District, the Braves will identify internships, game-day jobs and career fairs at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta for students and teachers.
“We want to make sure the students and teachers are woven into the fabric of the Atlanta Braves and SunTrust Park because we want to be a great partner, a great community partner for everybody in this county,” said Ericka Newsome, Atlanta Braves community affairs director.