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Ways to Give to Fulton County Schools

Community partners are a lifeline for Fulton County Schools. Your generosity helps recognize our dedicated educators and funds amazing programs for students, families and employees. There are opportunities throughout the year where donations from our partners are vital to help pay for things that are not fully covered by the school budget. Your support can be a key component to the success of the following programs:  

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Teacher/Staff Recognition 

  • The Legacy of Excellence is a formal gathering that recognizes Fulton County Schools' top teachers and staff as well as its Business Partners of the Year. More than 1,000 people gather to celebrate public educators and enjoy a formal program. With facility rental, audio/visual production, and meal preparation, the entire event costs nearly $100,000 to host. 

  • The Last Chapter Retirement Reception recognizes the service of those who have dedicated their career to teaching children, supporting families, and serving the community. Similarly, the event costs $25,000-$30,000 to host.  

  • Click here for sponsorship activities to support the Legacy of Excellence. Due to restrictions in how school systems can spend taxpayer dollars, this event is funded almost exclusively through private donations. 


Instruction and Student Support   

  • First STEP is a program that enriches the experience for FCS teacher interns (formerly called “student teachers”) through supportive work sites, exemplary cooperating teachers, and university partnerships. Participants are assigned to a school where they serve as a yearlong intern and receive a stipend, along with a district-issued laptop and backpack. It costs approximately $3,000 to support one teacher intern in Fulton County Schools.

  • Career Tech Pathways offered in Fulton County Schools give students real-world insight into a future career. Guest speakers, job shadowing, and internships provide authentic experiences for student learning and growth, but some students need help. Your financial support can fund student stipends, as well as provide MARTA cards or Uber/Lyft gift cards, to help offset their expenses. We are seeking $10,000 to support our Career Tech Pathways program this year.

  • Every Child Reads is a literacy-focused program in Fulton County Schools where elementary teachers are learning innovative instructional strategies (LETRS) for teaching students how to read. District supports are in place for LETRS professional learning, but additional resources are needed to support students.​ Examples include decodable readers ($1,927 each) for third grade classrooms at eight schools, for a total cost of $15,416. 

  • REACH Scholars is a program that provides selected eighth grade students an opportunity to earn $10,000 for college, provided they maintain good grades and behavior, and meet with a graduation coach all the way until their high school graduation. Fulton County Schools funds $3,500 per REACH Scholar, with the REACH Georgia organization providing the remaining $6,500. The program costs the school system $28,000 to sponsor eight students per year, including a signing ceremony for the students, their families, and school/district leaders.   


Support for the Whole Child  

  • Vision To Learn has partnered with Fulton County Schools to make it easy for students to access quality eye care. Free vision screenings are provided for students, and if needed, glasses are provided with a one-time, one-year warranty. If the glasses are damaged or lost within one year of the dispensing date, they can be replaced or repaired at no charge. We are seeking $10,000 to support Fulton County Schools’ portion of the program, and with your support, 833 students will receive vision screenings and eyeglasses. 

  • First Day Fulton is a Back-to-School fair helping families get their students ready for the new school year. Each summer, FCS sponsors a daylong fair in two locations where families can get help with student registration, receive school supplies, and learn more about various school departments, available support services and community programs.  Sponsors are needed to provide Fulton families with food, prizes, and school supplies. The event costs $5,000 - $10,000 to host, but donations and contributions can offset expenses.  


In-Kind Services and Support 

Support for students does not always involve a monetary donation. There are many ways individuals, businesses and community organizations can get involved. Send a message to to share your interest.   

  • School/Business Partnerships. When you partner with a school or the school district, your contributions help FCS reach a goal that everyone in our community shares: Preparing students to succeed on their chosen paths. We seek parents, businesses, nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and faith community partners to enrich our students' lives.  

  • Volunteerism. Do you have extra time that could benefit a local school? Consider becoming a volunteer, and pitch in with things like assisting the front office or tutoring students. There is always a need for school volunteers!

  • Last-Minute Catering Support. It may seem like an unusual request, but school systems are limited in how they can spend taxpayer dollars, and this includes buying food for school or district gatherings. Sending snacks for a meeting or providing funds for catering can nurture staff members’ bellies so they can focus on professional development trainings or feel appreciated with a tasty treat.

  • Meeting Space. Facility rental and venue fees make up some of the largest costs incurred with events, especially when gatherings are larger than a school’s cafeteria, auditorium, gymnasium or media center can accommodate. There also are needs for meeting sites for trainings and retreats so staff members can have team-building activities or reflect on projects away from their worksite. If your organization has access to large meeting spaces, consider how you can provide no-cost access to these spaces. 

  • Thought Partners. Do you have expertise in an area that might benefit Fulton County Schools?  We are always seeking individuals and companies to partner with us and strategize how to improve outcomes for students and schools.