September 10, 2015
At The Landings at Princeton Lakes, a Sherman Residential property in the city of Atlanta, the staff has taken a vested interest in the betterment of their community from the inside out. The 2009 APS cheating scandal has been on the minds of many in the area for some time now. Parents of children currently in the district, or about to enter into their first school years, are concerned that their children might not be getting the education they expect.
Deirdre Render, the Resident Account Manager on-site, is one such mother who decided it was time to take education back to its roots – Home. From June 3rd until July 22nd, 2015, The Landings at Princeton Lakes held a Summer Literacy Program aimed at engaging and inspiring young children during those sometimes-lackadaisical summer months away from the classroom.
For 8 weeks, the staff hosted a group of children from the property, sometimes accompanied by a curious parent, for read-alongs of classic children’s stories. In her mission statement for the program, Ms. Render writes “Our goal is to nourish the children of our community with literacy and sight word development during the summer months. The Landings will take back our families - one apartment at a time – by striving towards excellence not only where we provide luxury living, but throughout every aspect of life.”
The group read early development classics such as Johnny Appleseed, The Jungle Book, and Oh! The Thinks You Can Think. Resident participation poured in before the first book was cracked, donating time and books to an effort they could be proud of. At the end of the event, 3 dedicated children received a special prize for their participation.
The staff at The Landings is now planning for future installments of this Literacy Program – searching out new ways to make the Program even more successful and widespread. By reaching out to neighborhood institutions for support and partnership, they hope to grow their impact with an annual event. Ms. Render is already receiving calls and emails from volunteers who are excited to be involved next year and beyond.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. An apartment complex might seem like an unlikely village, but that hasn’t stopped this tight-knit Atlanta community from joining together for the good of the children.