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Southwest Atlanta Schoolchildren Shine in Community Parade on Saturday

A community parade down Benjamin E. Mays Saturday gave Atlanta Public Schools youth across the southwest Atlanta area a chance to show their school pride.

A community parade down Benjamin E. Mays Saturday gave Atlanta Public Schools youth across the southwest Atlanta area a chance to show their school pride.

The parade—sponsored by Councilman C.T. Martin, Mays High School and (EMC2)—began at 10 a.m. at , 2545 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, and ended at , 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Drive. Participants then enjoyed a cluster pep rally on the Mays track followed by a Mays High homecoming tailgate party. The event also included the annual fall festival at .

Despite the cold weather, Saturday's parade drew onlookers up and down Mays. Councilman C. T. Martin, dressed in winter gloves and hat, directed traffic at the start of the parade and complimented the young participants. "(This parade" allows our schools, community organizations, and individuals to show their pride in their communities and schools," Martin said in a news release about the event.

was formed by parents in the Mays Cluster concerned about the negative perception of local public schools in southwest Atlanta. Emc2 joined with Councilman C.T. Martin and Mays to coordinate this kick-off event to foster a more positive energy in our community about public education.

In addition to Mays, EMC2 schools include , Harper-Archer Middle, and the ten elementary schools that feed into those schools (see PDF for full list).

For more information about EMC2 e-mail info@emc2now.com.

Janita Poe October 23, 2011 at 10:25 AM
Patchers: Please post YOUR parade pictures!! This is YOUR Patch! Waiting to see them :-D
Dawn Brockington Shaw October 23, 2011 at 12:20 PM
We had a wonderful time celebrating our vibrant community and quality schools. Great turnout - see you next year!
Carol J October 23, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Thank you for posting these pics! Looks like they had a good time.
Yolande M. Minor October 23, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Yea !!! Good News about our Schools !!! Let's Keep IT UP !!!
Dana Robinson Price October 23, 2011 at 07:49 PM
This event was a GREAT example of the talent that we have in our very own community!! The Mays cluster schools joined forces and collaborated..... the result was awesome!!
Toshia Ingram October 25, 2011 at 02:10 PM
A well organized successful event!! Can't wait for next years.

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