WHAT WE DO
SSEF designs and implements free supplemental programs to engage, support and encourage our economically disadvantaged public school students to excel academically, finish high school and then continue to a vocation or to college. While SSEF sponsored programs are focused on the economically disadvantaged student, SSEF does not discriminate; any student may participate - however, a small fee is sometimes required.
HOW WE DO IT
SSEF creates programs at the request of a principal and are therefore, embedded in the culture of each particular school. SSEF collaborates with community organizations and businesses to bring individuals into the school to serve as role models, mentors, advisors, tutors or instructors to work with students under the supervision of a school administrator or teacher. Programs run either during the school year or the summer. SSEF is financially responsible, in partnership with the school, for gaining community resources to support each program.
WHY WE DO IT
The city of Sandy Springs has been named one of the wealthiest cities in the US, yet almost 60% of our public school children are economically disadvantaged. Poverty is a key indicator for high drop-out rates, drug abuse and criminal activity. SSEF is based on the premise that all of our city's children have the potential to succeed in school, lead productive lives, and contribute to our community. SSEF believes that the future of Sandy Springs --residential, economic, and quality of life-- depends on our students' educational success.