Please Welcome Hutchinson Elementary to our Flock!

Posted by 216f on October 04, 2016 · Flag

On August 29th, WINGS Atlanta opened its fifth program serving almost 100 high-flying kids. That's right, not only is E.S. Hutchinson our new elementary school partner, but WINGS Atlanta is now serving kids in two school districts - Fulton County Schools AND Atlanta Public Schools.  


WINGS for kids is the only afterschool program in APS focused solely on supporting kids’ social and emotional learning.

“Social and emotional learning is a district-wide initiative that prioritizes the teaching of critical skills our students need to thrive. Through SEL, we are able to explicitly teach our students skills such as managing their emotions, creating positive relationships, and setting goals,” said APS Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen.  “Our partnership with WINGS’ innovative afterschool program will enhance the critical SEL instruction our students receive during the school day.”


Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, WINGS serves more than 1,400 underrepresented students in schools across three states. With the addition of the Hutchinson Elementary School site, the Atlanta area is now the organization’s largest region. Hutchinson Elementary is also one of the most ethnically diverse schools WINGS serves, and therefore, the site will be led by a bilingual program director to better support the school’s large Latino population.


“WINGS is entering our fifth year of service in Fulton County Schools, and we are thrilled to expand our area of service in metro Atlanta with this new partnership with APS,” said Denise Blake, Atlanta executive director at WINGS for kids. “Our 20-year history of social-emotional skills delivery is a perfect fit for APS’ renewed focus on making SEL a district-wide priority, allowing us to help close the achievement gap among some of the district’s most vulnerable students.”

In addition to its partnership with WINGS, APS’ transformative work in SEL includes the rollout of an SEL strategy to 65 APS campuses serving Pre-K through 12th grade students with an SEL curriculum and other programming components.

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