In the Dawg House...
In conjunction with a graduate extension program and an
Administrator’s personal vision, Cedartown Middle School
is meeting the needs of the whole child.
Cedartown Middle School (CMS) principal Shannon Hulsey strives to ensure the
students in her care receive everything they need to succeed. Says Hulsey, “we
want to make sure the whole child is getting what they need in our school.”
More often than not, most of Cedartown’s sixth through eighth-grade students
have everything they need from backpacks full of supplies to their daily school
lunches. However, some middle school students are not quite as fortunate and
need any additional support they can get.
To help make that possible, Cedartown Middle School has opened up a portion of
their school to students in need of assistance now called The Dawg House, which
serves as part clothing closet, part food pantry and more for students to utilize.
Hulsey said the idea is an extension of the new Graduate Polk program being
developed by Polk County College and Career Academy CEO Dr. Katie Thomas.
That program seeks to provide a variety of services to high school students,
from food and clothing donations to ensure students are well-clothed and fed to
providing access to washers and dryers, even showers, to keep students clean
Additional services, like the partnership with Willowbrooke at Tanner to provide
mental health services to students and connect them with resources to pay for it,
are part of the Graduate Polk program too.
The idea began when administrators sought to help students in need, and parts
of the program still growing and developing were influenced by a similar concept
taking place in Cobb County.
What used to be an audiovisual closet for the Cedartown Middle School Library
has been transformed, and the hallway space beside it, additionally, is providing
an area for students, who need the help, to have access to clothing, food they
can take home in cubby holes, and even use of washers and dryers at the middle
Earlier this spring, former Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) President Dr.
Sid Chapman explored the excellent ways in which Cedartown Middle School is
helping its students through its new program when GAE donated $300 to the CMS
Dawg House Student Success Center. Donations of food, clothing, toiletries and
much more are gladly accepted by Cedartown Middle School for The Dawg House.
Those who would like to help out can contact principal Shannon Hulsey at the
School by calling 770-749-8850.
CMS helps students in need at The Dawg House. (2018, March 19). Retrieved May
9, 2018 from http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/polk_standard_journal/
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