ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The volunteers and students at Stand Up for Kids received an early Christmas gift Dec. 4 – a check worth $19,000 from the Country Club of Roswell.
The money comes from a charity tournament the club held specifically to raise funds for the nonprofit.
Stand Up for Kids is a national program to help at-risk and homeless youths in school and in life, to help them get their lives back on track. The North Fulton arm of the group is based in Independence High School in Alpharetta and began in 2008. It has since expanded into North Springs, Roswell and Cambridge high schools.
“I was tired of going downtown all the time,” said Sue Levine, who started the North Fulton Stand Up for Kids. “There is a huge need here [in North Fulton]. It’s wonderful to be able to help kids here in our backyard.”
Despite the area’s reputation of affluence, many of the children in North Fulton’s public schools are on free or reduced lunch due to poverty. Of those children, some are homeless. While they may not actually be living on the street such as those in downtown Atlanta, they are living on couches or in cars.
The North Fulton initiative keeps these kids from ending up on the streets, said Levine. Despite difficult family situations, many of the children still want to succeed academically. The program helps 25 students.
“There is a constant need,” said Kelly Fields, executive director of Stand Up for Kids, Atlanta. “There is not a single school that does not have homeless or at-risk students. We create a foundation for them to carry themselves through their difficulties.”
The donated money will support monthly stipends Stand Up for Kids gives their students.
For more on Stand Up for Kids and their activities, visit them online at www.standupforkids.org.