Can After-school Program at Apartment Complex Turn Around a Failing School? [YouthToday]



EDITOR’S NOTE: This week we will be publishing a series of articles about after-school programs in the Atlanta area set up in apartment complexes — not by educators — but by real estate entrepreneur Marjy Stagmeier. Read on for how well it has worked and programs in other parts of the U.S.

Back in 2006, the bus carrying children home from Brumby Elementary School in Marietta, Ga., near Atlanta, refused to stop at Madison Hills apartments.

The rundown complex, a site of drug deals and crime, was too unsafe.

But 200 children lived there — one-third of Brumby Elementary’s student population.

That year, something happened at Madison Hills. The complex was sold and a new owner, Marjy Stagmeier, managing partner of the TransInvest Group, visited the school and vowed to help turn it around.

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Great article! Thank you for sharing Carey. I hope that the non-profit Marjy Stagmeier started can assist Stratford Ridge and bring the security and after school program back! Michelle Obama said it best in her book Becoming "Sometimes we like to pretend that kids don’t know when they’re being shortchanged and devalued - kids know when they are not being valued. And it makes them feel some kind of way."