News Briefs: Buckhead Coalition turns 30; APS Digital Bridge; Atlanta Canopy Conference

Buckhead Coalition outgoing Chairman Juanita Baranco displays the Fräbel crystal buck’s head trophy presented in appreciation of her previous two years of service by (left to right) Coalition founding president Sam Massell and Executive Vice President Garth Peters.

The Buckhead Coalition civic organization recently held its annual luncheon meeting  celebrating 30 years of service to the community’s 45 neighborhood associations. At the meeting, the organization elected Joe Evans its Chairman through 2020, and re-elected former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, its founding President. Other founding members are Charlie Loudermilk, Mark Pope and George Rohrig. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms greeted the group, while newly-elected Gov. Brian Kemp delivered the keynote address. Outgoing Chairman Juanita Baranco was presented a Fräbel crystal buck’s head trophy bearing an engraved plaque of appreciation.

Atlanta Public Schools has launched the APS Digital Bridge Program. The program is powered by a $1.5 Million EmpowerED Program grant, resources from other programs, and district operating funds (APS will invest an additional $3 Million in school year 2018/2019 and $1.5 Million in school year 2019/2020 thanks to the voter’s approval of ESPLOST) – all of which will help fund laptops and hotspots for approximately 6,000 6th and 7th grade students. The goal of this program is to bridge the digital divide and ensure that students have a seamless experience with digital resources and 21st century learning from school to home.

On Thursday, Feb. 14, Trees Atlanta will host its third annual Atlanta Canopy Conference at The Kendeda Center, 225 Chester Ave. This year’s conference will examine the city’s urban ecosystem through the common bond of food and nature’s “social system.” Participants will examine Atlanta’s food forest revolution with experts, community leaders and professionals. This all-day conference will include presentations, workshops, and interactive panels. For more information and to register for these events, visit treesatlanta.org.

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