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Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School; 2301 Connally Drive; East Point, GA 30344; Contact: Pamela-Faith Jackson or Amanda Bell; (404) 767-5439
Rooted in fable and folklore, the play incorporates the personification of a mystical star, branch, boat, and animals. The theme centers around an inner struggle of defining self through faith, and positive affirmation in the face of persecution and wrong doings.
The play was initially commissioned and produced by the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Meadows, the playwright, is an award winning author, actress, and producer, who writes for both adult and young audiences. She has garnered awards including The Drama League Of New York Playwright Award, and Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Her plays have been performed in prestigious venues such as Geffen Playhouse (Los Angeles), the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), the Negro Ensemble Company (New York City), and the Doris Duke Theatre (Hawaii). She has produced for Comedy Central and Fox Television. Through the Association of International Schools in Africa, Ms. Meadows toured the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, training administrators and teachers through hands-on activities in the use and power of drama curriculum in schools
The public is invited to attend the Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary Spring Arts Festival on Tuesday, May 8th beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the lovely H. E. Holmes Cafe. Admission: $5.00
More About Holmes Elementary School
Hamilton Holmes Elementary is located in East Point, a southern Atlanta suburb. Students from pre-k through 5th grade attend the school. It is one of the newest Fulton County schools -- built in 2003 and featuring the latest techological advances.
Holmes Elementary is named for Dr. Hamilton E. Holmes, one of two African-American students to intergrate the University of Georgia in 1961. Dr. Holmes was also the first African-American student admitted to Emory University's School of Medicine. He received his medical degree in 1967 and had a successful orthopedic practice. Dr. Holmes later served as the head of Orthopedic Surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
Holmes Elementary is a Fulton Couty school that uses the Georgia's Performance Standards and Quality Core Curriculum. Under this program, schools focus on delivering effective instructions in order to increase student understanding and performance. There is an extended day program on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:45 to 4:45 for 3rd through 5th graders who desire extra help.
Extracurricular activities include a Girls On The Run group that promotes self esteem and positive body image for girls, and a Boys to Men mentoring group. During the summer hiatus, the media center hosts a Summer Reading Program.