Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Legal Community Volunteers to Spruce Up Atlanta Area School for the Deaf

ServiceJuris Celebrates 10th Anniversary with School Beautification

Hands On Atlanta is proud to announce its 10th annual ServiceJuris community service project, which will feature extensive indoor and outdoor beautification of the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf on Saturday, June 27.

Hundreds of members of Atlanta’s legal community, as well as State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox, are expected to gather at the school for a day of volunteer service. Tasks include filling the drab hallways with colorful, themed murals; painting classrooms in energetic colors; restoring and securing outdoor play and learning areas; and reorganizing the school’s library.

The Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, located in Clarkston, Ga., was founded in 1972 and is one of only two state schools that cater to the needs of deaf children and their families. The school serves about 200 deaf and hearing-impaired children ages three through 21.

“Our school is so fortunate and appreciative that ServiceJuris selected us for this year’s project,” said Kenney Moore, director of the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf. “This project will transform our school into a more vibrant learning environment and provide a welcome surprise for students and families as they return for the 2009-2010 school year.”

This year’s ServiceJuris project marks the tenth by Hands On Atlanta, a non-profit organization that helps individuals, families and corporate and community groups find flexible volunteer opportunities at more than 400 service organizations and schools. Each year, ServiceJuris gathers volunteers from law firms, law schools, courts, corporate in-house legal departments, bar associations and companies associated with the legal community to revitalize a school, agency or local neighborhood in need. Among those who have benefited from ServiceJuris are Grant Park Conservancy, Atlanta Charter Middle School, the Vine City community, Cabbagetown Community Center and Adair Park.

“Over the past nine years, ServiceJuris volunteers have contributed more than 19,000 service hours, and now they’re ready to do it all over again,” said Gina Simpson, chief executive officer of Hands On Atlanta. “Their efforts have improved the learning conditions for thousands of school children, renovated 10 major parks, and enabled 6,500 people to better utilize their neighborhood community centers.”
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