On Thursday, Sept. 23, after listening to two Atlanta Beltline planners talk about the trail’s impact on the city, twenty 9th-grade advisories - 199 students and 40 faculty members - set out to experience Atlanta. SING (Service Initiation for Ninth Grade) 2021 looked a little different than it has in the past, but the 26-year tradition of connecting Lovett freshmen with their city is alive and well.
This year, Lovett students focused on Atlanta’s neighborhoods, especially those being impacted by development such as The Beltline, and visited communities around the city, eating lunch in parks, taking part in walking tours, and getting to know community partners. It was a busy day. Lovett advisories hosted an after-school play time in Adair Park; learned about affordable housing in Decatur, Old Fourth Ward and Summerhill; tutored young children in Bolton, Norwood Manor, and Sandy Springs; and weeded and planted in community gardens in Adair Park, Edgewood, Grove Park, Ormewood Park, Vine City, and West End.
They connected with Lovett alumni (walking around Blandtown with Gregor Turk ‘78, volunteering with Wendy Harrison ‘16 and Anne Torrey McCuean ‘14 at Atlanta Youth Academy) and Lovett parents (learning about the L.E.A.D. Center for Youth from C.J. and Kelly Stewart and pitching in at Zoo Atlanta with Meredith Gaile).
By bonding with their city and each other, Lovett students lived out the school’s core value of Belonging and created ties that they’ll build on for years to come.
Lovett is grateful to the following community partners who hosted, guided, and taught us during SING 2021:
Adair Park Neighborhood Association
Agape Youth & Family Center
Atlanta Youth Academy
Bearings Bike Works
City of Refuge
Edgewood Community Learning Garden
Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta
The Goat Farm Arts Center
The Grant Park Neighborhood Association
Grove Park Community Garden
The Grove Park Neighborhood Association
The Grove Park Foundation
Soccer in the Streets
Vine St Garden/Historic Westview Gardens
West End Neighborhood Development