Atlanta Special Needs School Announces Building Purchase and Launch of $2.5 Million Capital Campaign

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Cumberland Academy of Georgia, an Atlanta school for special needs, announced the purchase of a school building and launch of a capital campaign.

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'We are so grateful for the opportunity to create a permanent space for our students and to give our students the opportunity to create a legacy of their own,' says Debbi Scarborough, founding director of Cumberland Academy of Georgia.

The Atlanta special needs school Cumberland Academy of Georgia began the school with one student. The student population grew quickly and moved to a school site at First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs. Since 2007, Cumberland has been located on the same site and has continued to serve a growing student population. Today, Cumberland announced the purchase of the school building from First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs. Both Cumberland and First Baptist saw the need for Cumberland to acquire the building and make it their own.

"We are so grateful for the opportunity to create a permanent space for our students and to give our students the opportunity to create a legacy of their own," says Debbi Scarborough, founding director of Cumberland Academy of Georgia. "Our students, parents and staff will love having a building to call a school home."

Cumberland intends to renovate the building. To help fund the acquisition and renovation, Cumberland announced the launch of a $2.5 million capital campaign. The capital campaign is called "Our home, their future" and will run for two years. The campaign is designed to fully fund the building acquisition and renovations with varying supporting levels. Cumberland supporters are able to help the campaign by naming opportunities, direct donations and purchasing named bricks for the new front of the school.

"These refurbishments will not only make the building an updated and more environmentally friendly building, but will enhance the learning environment for our students," says Tracy Wilbanks, director of development. "Supporting the capital campaign will make a difference in the lives of all of our students."

Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades four through twelve who have high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2008 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, director of admissions at 404-835-9000 or email admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org. To learn more about Cumberland Academy of Georgia, please visit http://www.cumberlandacademy.org.

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