Impacts of the QED Tax Credit

West Jackson Elementary School of Jackson County Schools
West Jackson Elementary School received $74,389 to implement a multi-tiered program that targets school based professional development in Social-Emotional Learning, addresses the non-academic needs of students, and develops a mentor program for at-risk students.

  • Growing Greatness leverages partnerships with the High Museum of Arts, the Alliance Theater, Amazon, 12Stone, the University of Georgia, and FedEx to engage the community in social-emotional learning and the development of the whole child through STEAM-based activities connected to agriculture and authentic hands-on experiences.

Dublin City Schools
Dublin City Schools received $64,362 to partner with Georgia Association of School Nurses, Georgia Department of Education, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Get Georgia Reading Campaign to train multi-disciplinary staff with knowledge and skills essential to:

  • Recognize signals of children in pre-K through third grade indicating language delays;
  • Implement screening protocols to determine the level of language development needs; and
  • Use screening findings to inform classroom instructional practices that strengthen language development. Trained staff will integrate these practices into the school district’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports and inform the creation of a series of freely accessible online learning modules and resources to increase the accessibility of these tools to all schools in Georgia.

Brooks Coleman Middle School of Gwinnett County Public Schools
Brooks Coleman Middle School received $45,000 to implement a mini biosphere that utilizes aquaponics, farming, and hydroponics for students to grow and harvest crops for the community.

  • The structure of the dome provides insight into architecture and art through building design, while providing the perfect greenhouse platform to introduce sustainable agriculture practices. Every student at Coleman Middle practices hands-on STEAM activities through the Biosphere, while assisting HATponics’ mission of feeding 20 million people. Coleman harvests crops through our Biosphere to donate to the local Duluth Co-Op.

Boys & Girls Club of the CSRA, Washington Club
Boys & Girls Club of the CSRA (Washington Club) received $75,000 to implement GREAT Readers, which lays a strong foundation of early literacy and supports grade-level proficiency in reading beyond school hours. GREAT Readers is a component of Great Futures Academy (GFA), which is BGC’s signature academic enrichment program. BGC of the CSRA Washington County Club will partner with Washington County School System, Ridge Road Primary School, Ridge Road Elementary School, Serenity Behavioral Health Systems, Oconee Fall Line Technical College, Washington County Head Start and The Book Tavern to implement a community driven approach to early literacy.

Success Stories

Innovation Summit Pilot Grant
New Hope Elementary School of Henry County Schools
New Hope Elementary School in Henry County partnered with an artist-in-residence to ignite third grader’s interest in reading and the arts. Specifically, the artist engaged students in deep discussions about the current book they were reading by deconstructing the text and transforming it into a visual piece of art. Throughout the program, the artist worked alongside teachers to ensure activities were based on current standards and grade- and student-level appropriate. Based on Fountas & Pinnell data, 76% of participating third-grade students showed three or more reading levels of growth from fall to spring. In addition, based on student survey data, students showed an increase in positive feelings towards reading overall.

Community Partnership Grant
Boys & Girls Club: Thomson Club and Washington County Club
The IFF awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Augusta two $75,000 grants to implement GREAT Readers, an afterschool early literacy initiative, at two local clubs – the Thomson Club and the Washington County Club. With the funding, both clubs were able to fully staff the afterschool program with a certified English teacher, as well as additional tutors, to support intensive literacy development in students in kindergarten through third grade. As a result of fully staffing the programs, membership has tripled. Based on club-administered pre- and post-assessments, 70% of participants have experienced growth in language and literacy skills. The Thomson Club also used the funding to revamp its facilities, including painting the interior, adding academic supplies and materials, and making improvements to the playground.

Horizons Atlanta
Horizons Atlanta is a transformational, community-centered, summer learning program proven to narrow the opportunity and achievement gap for underserved students. Horizons Atlanta received $75,000 to partner with Allgood Elementary School and Dallas Elementary School in Paulding County to provide a tuition-free, six-week, full day summer enrichment program on the campus of Kennesaw State University during 2019. During the summer program, professional teachers and a reading specialist combatted the “summer slide” through small group and one-on-one literacy interventions based on students’ individual needs. At the end of the program, student literacy had grown an average of four months, based on the STAR Literacy and Reading Assessments.

Communities in Schools of Augusta / Richmond County (CISARC)
Communities in Schools of Augusta / Richmond County (CISARC) provided three turnaround-eligible schools in Richmond County tutoring support via AmeriCorps for students two or more grade levels behind. Furthermore, CISARC is making wraparound services for students at these schools – including health and vision support, clothing, and shelter – easily accessible. As a result of the program, the great majority of students identified as performing below grade-level in reading and math have made significant improvements. In providing tutoring support and access to wraparound services to its most vulnerable student populations in Richmond County, CISARC hopes to engage all stakeholders to positively impact students’ ability to learn.