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Partners in Education Program Puts Kids First
By Andy McDill

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck once said, “If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.” That message rings true with many Aviation employees who volunteer in Hartsfield-Jackson’s Partners in Education (PIE) program. 

2008 HJAIA Partners In Education

With school back in session, PIE is in full swing. In fact, several Hartsfield-Jackson employees helped welcome students back to Clayton County schools recently. Day One is an annual event when parents and volunteers from local businesses and organizations visit local schools and lend support. Airport employees welcomed some 5,000 students by offering pep talks and distributing school supplies. Hartsfield-Jackson was recognized recently by Clayton County Schools for being the largest provider of volunteers for Day One. 

“Our main goal is to work with local schools to help increase attendance, academic achievement and to heighten morale, in addition to giving them a glimpse of the aviation world,” said Tracy Gilbert, Hartsfield-Jackson’s manager of special events and programs.  “We’re involved because we value all of our community stakeholders and see children as a vibrant piece of our future.”

Partners in Education is the Airport’s signature community outreach initiative. Since 2002, PIE has partnered with North Clayton, South Atlanta and Tri-Cities high schools, M.D. Roberts Middle School and Bethune Elementary School. 

 “We provide students with real-life experiences by connecting them to aviation-related programs,” said Gilbert. Additionally, we provide financial support through our relationship with the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance and other great partners.”

Other annual PIE initiatives include Holidays@Hartsfield-Jackson (December 12), Latino Heritage Month, Black History Month, One Great Day of Job Shadowing, Aviation Career Enrichment Summer Camp, Male Mentoring program, Teacher Appreciation Week, High School Internship Program and more. Volunteers recently hosted a career day at Bethune Elementary. 

“This gives students the opportunity to see the various occupations that are out there and a close-up chance to see professionals who they wouldn’t normally see,” said Donna Austin, a counselor at Bethune Elementary. “Career Day allows them to see that these people are human and not just images in the TV tube.


© 2008 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.


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