Poetry and soccer may seem like an unusual combination, but not for America SCORES Atlanta, an afterschool program addressing illiteracy and obesity. Hartman Simons managing partner and America SCORES Atlanta board member Summey Orr is one of several board members who helped organized a fundraiser for the organization themed “Inspired Art.”
The event will be held Nov. 17 at Alston + Bird’s offices at 1180 West Peachtree from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Twenty-two local artists created and donated pieces of art inspired by poems written by students in the program. Those pieces of art will be on display and for sale by silent auction during the evening. Several students from the program will be in attendance to read their poetry. There also will be a live auction for a lunch with Congressman John Lewis as part of the fundraiser.
For this week’s Four on Friday we are showcasing four paintings that will be auctioned off next Thursday. Tickets are $35 each and will be available at the door or from any board member. Don’t miss out on this great event!
“What I am” by Becky Fried
“Summertime” by Jennifer Josephs
“Seeing Red” by Cat Tesla
“Tornado” by Ann Rhodes
According to Program Director Laura McCrodden, America SCORES Atlanta is important for students’ heath and grades.
“America SCORES Atlanta shows students someone outside their family cares,” said McCrodden. "Our programming provides students with faith, fun and education. We want to expose students to things they have never seen before.”
America SCORES Atlanta is an affiliate of the national organization, America SCORES. The program, now in its sixth year, is based at Woodson Elementary in west Atlanta and currently serves 75 third, fourth and fifth-graders. Participants in America SCORES Atlanta attend the after-school program five days a week from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To learn more about America SCORES Atlanta visit http://www.americascores.org/affiliates/atlanta