9/15/2015 12:00 PM

Putting Kids First in Atlanta

September 10, 2015
Atlanta, GA 

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.

3/15/2012 12:00 AM

Decorating With a Splash of Local Color

When Sherman Residential purchased Tribeca, a 398-unit mid-rise in Plano, Texas, last September, the Chicago-based company didn’t want generic artwork gracing its halls. Instead, it left the decorating up to local art students.

As part of The Tribeca Project, Sherman Residential donated a 6-foot-by-4-foot blank canvas and a $50 gift card for art supplies to each school in the Frisco Independent School District (FISD) with an art program. Every completed canvas returned to Tribeca would be put on permanent display in the mid-rise’s common area.

Debbie Cooper, Senior Property Manager for Tribeca, says the goal of the project was to give back to the community—part of Sherman Residential’s core values. “Fine arts are getting left behind with budget cuts and we saw the opportunity to change that,” Cooper says. “Tribeca was going to spend nearly $10,000 anyway if we purchased outside art, so why not allow students to provide the artwork and give the money to the schools instead?”

Created in partnership with Dr. Daryl Trent, Director of Fine Arts for FISD, The Tribeca Project gave the schools freedom to do whatever they wanted.

“We had everything from a group of elementary school students working together on a canvas to an exceptional high school artist who was picked by her teacher to paint the entire thing herself,” Cooper says. “There were no specific requirements—we just left it up to the teachers.”

After Cooper collected the finished pieces, Tribeca hosted a reception and gallery event in late April to showcase the artwork. The event was advertised on several local event calendars—including one on the Dallas Morning News website—and proved to be great publicity for the community. More than 500 local residents, students, teachers and parents were in attendance, many of whom toured Tribeca for the first time.

Reception guests followed a route throughout Tribeca’s long corridors to view the canvases, each of which included a plaque with the name of the school and the artwork. First-, second- and third-place prizes were awarded at the elementary, middle and high school levels, with a final award given for “Best in Show.”

The reception also included a performance from a local high school orchestra ensemble, refreshments and gift bags full of art supplies for the younger children.

Cooper says many visitors were so impressed with the artwork that they asked how much the paintings cost and wanted to buy them. “The entire evening was a huge win for these students, who were thrilled with the positive response they received from guests,” she says. “Plus, Grandma or Grandpa can come to Tribeca years from now, and their granddaughter’s painting will still be on the wall.”

In addition to the art supplies and canvases, Sherman Residential also donated $10,000 toward a Fine Arts Scholarship through the Frisco Education Foundation to help high school seniors who wish to pursue a college degree in one of the fine arts. –NAA’s Lauren Boston

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