On Thursday, May 4 more than 100 T-Mobile and Metro PCS employees worked to transform Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence (DAAOE) in Ellenwood as part of the T-Mobile Huddle Up program. The employees updated the school science rooms, refreshed the school entrance and painted tech and storage rooms. They also beautified the school cafeteria and gave the walls a makeover by painting murals along the hallways.
“T-Mobile is pleased to assist deserving schools with much needed renovations,” said Monica Brown, Director, Enterprise Delivery Management. “Supporting our community and investing in our youth are two of our greatest commitments.”
In addition to the funds raised by T-Mobile for the entire project, City Year provided the leadership and logistical planning that made the entire endeavor possible. City Year is a nonprofit that bridges the gap in high-poverty communities between the support students need and what schools are able to provide.
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. DAAOE has a 75 percent graduation rate and takes great pride in providing resources and services beyond the classroom. (Pictured on the left: Will Dixon, DAAOE Board Chair; Laura Stowell, Director of Charter Schools; Dr.Kelvin Griffin, Principal DAAOE; Monica Brown, T-Mobile Enterprise Delivery Management; Roshelle Hudson, DAAOE Board Vice-Chair; Gregory Adams, DeKalb Commissioner District 7.)
“At Destiny we are not victims, we are victors,” said Dr. Kelvin Griffin 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.