T-Mobile Huddle Up Revitalizes Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence. Media Giant Begins Massive School Make-over.
When you walk through the halls of Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence (DAAOE) in Ellenwood, you quickly realize it’s not your typical school, but today the halls are filled with the pitter-patter of the feet of more than 150 Atlanta area T-Mobile and Metro PCS employees. Through City Year, an Atlanta based non-profit bridging the gap in high-poverty communities between the support students need, and what their schools are able to provide. Working together, T-Mobile employees transform schools from dull to dynamic with makeovers and updates to the school’s science rooms; painting murals along the hallways; beautifying the school cafeteria; revamping the school entrance; and painting tech and storage rooms.
According to Monica Brown, Director, Enterprise Delivery Management, “T-Mobile is pleased to assist deserving schools with much needed renovations. Supporting our community and investing in our youth are two of our greatest commitments.” On-hand for this unprecedented revitalization, were key elected officials, community activist, local clergy, students, and representatives from DeKalb County Schools including Laura Stowell, Director of Charter Schools/School Governance; DeKalb County Commissioner Gregory Adams, District 7; and DAAOE Board Chair and Vice-Chair Wilbert Dixon and Roschelle Hudson.
A non-traditional high school, DAAOE serves Georgia’s most at-risk students who have fallen through the cracks in a traditional high school setting and older students whose life challenges prevented them from finishing their education in the usual fashion. DAAOE serves students who are emancipated, single parents, court-involved, or otherwise disadvantaged. One of only three schools in the State of Georgia meeting the needs of this extremely challenged student segment, DAAOE boasts an impressive 75% graduation rate and takes great pride in providing resources and services beyond the classroom. According to Dr. Kelvin Griffin, “At Destiny we are not victims, we are victors. We meet children where they are and provide the resources that are critical to their success. At Destiny, often learning begins outside the classroom to ensure academic success.”
Now in its 12th year, T-Mobile Huddle Up has transformed more than 110 schools nationwide. The community is encouraged to join in the revitalization efforts throughout the weekend and the media is encouraged to stop-in for interviews and guided tours. T-Mobile Huddle Up is designed to help local schools by improving their environment and providing resources, through a community centered, engagement approach. For more information on Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence, please visit www.daaoe.org.