Cobb County Public Schools Educational Foundation, IncMarietta, GA
The Cobb Schools Foundation is dedicated to supporting, rewarding and enhancing the schools, staff and students of Cobb County School District
Executive Director: Felicia Wagner
The Foundation’s reach is among our almost 113,000 students, located throughout 112 schools, including 67 elementary schools, 25 middle schools, 16 high schools, one charter school, one special education center, one adult education center and one performance learning center. The Cobb County School District (CCSD) is the second largest school system in Georgia and the 23rd largest in the nation. The Foundation seeks financial support for educational programs, student scholarships, teacher recognition, student athletics and other initiatives aligned with the mission of Cobb County School District: One Team. One Goal: Student Success.
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Nearly 50,000 students in Cobb County qualify for free or reduced lunch. We established the Family Stabilization Fund for students whose families are facing potential homelessness. Transiency and homelessness make learning for students incredibly difficult. Our social workers build plans for each family considered for funding to maximize resources made available, by having strong relationships with other Cobb organizations.
Almost every student will encounter a subject or content that they will struggle with during their time in school. However, some students require learning interventions that will assist them in their ability to have the intended progress. Whether the interventions deal with learning, coping, or processing, our team is dedicating in addressing the needs of each student.
CSF currently provides about 100, $200 ASP scholarships to working families, which covers about 28 days in afterschool care. With additional support, we can lengthen the time that our students can remain stable in ASP, which greatly increases parent job retention, keeps students safe, and can provide a setting for additional educational assistance
Due to the school closures caused by the pandemic and the COVID‐19 infection, the sudden switch to distance learning and growing economic uncertainties are causing chronic stress in the homes of our students. Subsequently we are modifying the way that we stay connected to our students by offering virtual counseling (both individual and groups), phone conferences to assess needs of the family and consistent “check‐ins” with students who were meeting with social workers individually. Reports of significant increases in household needs, our students experiencing unprecedented academic, social‐emotional, and attendance challenges. Being able to provide consistent casework throughout the summer months while having an opportunity to fully prepare for the next school year and the changes expected there, will only benefit our vulnerable students. Many factors go in to preparing and assisting our students through so much change, especially while experiencing change ourselves. Students have been in their homes since March 13, 2020 and we have received reports of increased family violence, depression, food insecurity, housing issues, and the inability for students to connect digitally. Attempting to meet any one of these issues is challenging, but today we are seeing these issues compounding. Summer staffing $35,000 will provide five (5) CCSD social workers throughout the summer. Our district is broken down into five (5) clusters for social work. This funding will provide compensation for the continuum of care for our at‐risk students and allow us more opportunities to prepare for the upcoming school year and anticipated changes in school climate. Economic Aid $25,000 will help provide economic aid to families in need. Our social work supervisor coordinates all economic aid in conjunction with many outside agencies like Center for Family Resources, MUST Ministries, United Way, and others. For families presenting emergent needs or those who did not qualify for assistance due to limiting factors, our social workers provide funding for food, transportation, housing, prescription assistance, school supplies, and/or school clothing. Tele‐Mental Health $10,000 to provide digital devices to families in need of virtual counseling who do not have a device and/or connectivity. Each device costs approximately $280 and connectivity is estimated to cost approximately $150 for one year of service. Staff Care $5,000 will help provide training for our school counselors and social work staff who will need additional mechanisms in place to adjust to a new learning environment for everyone.
$$5,000 - $35,000
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The Cobb County Schools Social Workers are looking to fill the need for a mom and her son. If you have any of the items listed above that you would like to donate, please email Ana Murphy at Ana.Murphy@cobbk12.org to discuss your donation.