The Gift of Music: H.A.V.E.N. Academy Students to Experience Music Therapy Thanks to Community Donation  

Shelley Elder of Elder Law Firm recently gave over $7,000 to the Cobb Schools Foundation to start a Music Therapy program at H.A.V.E.N Academy of Cobb County School District. Shelley, who is the owner of an estate planning law firm, is the President-Elect of Kennesaw Business Association and was recently named Kennesaw Citizen of the Year. 

“My goal is to discover the charities that don’t always make the front page and find meaningful ways to help. It’s important to show people that you care about the difference they are making for others in our community. The students at H.A.V.E.N. deserve the best, and I am proud to be able to provide this therapy for them,” said Elder. 

The H.A.V.E.N. staff members are grateful for the gift of music therapy and are excited about how it will enable their students to achieve their best.  

This incredible gift of Music Therapy adds a very powerful tool that helps us reach our students and communicate with them in ways that traditional means may not,” says Robin Baumgarten, GNETS Director of H.A.V.E.N. Academy. 

H.A.V.E.N Academy is one of 24 statewide programs within the Georgia Network of Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) that supports students ages 5-21, who might otherwise require residential or other more restrictive placements due to the severity of their needs. Special education at the school includes a comprehensive approach to assisting students with Severe Emotional Behavior Disorder and Autism. This program serves students from Cobb County, Douglas County and the city of Marietta. 

“We are truly blessed to have such a supportive community who is behind us every step of the way with these truly amazing students,” says Isaac Kelly, Principal of H.A.V.E.N. 

If you would like to learn more about how you can support H.A.V.E.N Academy, other Cobb Schools or Cobb teachers through Teacher Impact Grants, please contact Felicia Wagner, Executive Director of Cobb Schools Foundation at or call 770-490-3390.