The Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta recently announced that the Cobb Schools Foundation will receive $50,000 as part of the Fund’s sixth round of grants.
“We are very grateful for the outpouring of support from the community and organizations like the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta. Due to COVID-19, the needs of our students have changed and it will take our entire community coming together to meet those needs,” said Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale.
To date, the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund has raised more than $25 million through collective resources and have provided funds for areas of greatest need and the most vulnerable populations.
This sixth round of grants total $5.3 million and will be distributed to 245 organizations, including the Cobb Schools Foundation, in response to the region’s needs as a result of COVID-19. A grand total of more than $17.3 million from the Fund has been mobilized to benefit 320 nonprofits thus far.
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools across Cobb to shutter their doors and transition to digital learning, the Cobb Schools Foundation quickly responded by launching a campaign to put digital devices in the hands of students in need.
Thanks to the community’s support and donations to the Foundation’s campaign, family after family—hundreds—pulled through the Osborne High School parking lot to pick up their free learning device.
“Thank you so much for coming through during a time of desperation and need for our next generation to proceed with their education and not feel so disconnected,” praised one mother of four who picked up a device for her sons.
That is the type of assistance the Cobb Schools Foundation will be able to continue to provide with the help of the recent grant.
“The Foundation is so fortunate to have received this generous gift from the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund,” said Felicia Wagner, Executive Director of Cobb Schools Foundation. “So many supporters in Georgia have been intentional in supporting families severely affected by the pandemic and their support allows us to address barriers that get in the way of learning. These funds will go directly towards helping Cobb students reclaim their opportunity for the best education and, ultimately, a bright future.”
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