Special Needs School Hosts Mardi Gras Gala

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Cumberland Academy of Georgia, a special needs school for high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s, LD, ADD and ADHD students, welcomed parents, friends and partners of the school at the Mardi Gras Gala. Guests dined and socialized while fundraising for the non-profit school.

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It was an amazing night with gracious donors, parents and friends who were here to help this school succeed

Cumberland Academy of Georgia, an accredited independent school dedicated to serving students with high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s, LD, ADD and ADHD, hosted a Mardi Gras Gala. The New Orleans style Gala was designed to raise funds and awareness for the special school. The Gala honored Atlanta restauranteurs Hal and Claudia Nowak, owners of Hal’s “The Steakhouse” in Buckhead, Georgia. The Nowaks are longtime patrons of Cumberland Academy of Georgia and were honored for their many contributions to the school.

The Gala evening began with saxophone jazz player Tom Regeski followed by the band Comrade Blue. Parents and friends dined and enjoyed casino style gambling and a silent and live auction. Throughout the night party-goers were able to get a reading by “The Southern Psychic” Jennifer Andersen. The efforts of all were reflective in the success of the evening. “It was an amazing night with gracious donors, parents and friends who were here to help this school succeed,” said Debbi Scarborough, Founding Director. “We are very grateful for each person’s contribution to the night”. Funds raised will go to assist Cumberland’s ongoing education and social development of each special needs student.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia strives to teach each student Georgia Academic Standards, utilizing their preferred learning style. The ultimate goal is for students to become independent, successful young adults. To reach this goal, Cumberland is teaching students to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills while working collaboratively in groups.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia provides a low student-to-teacher ratio and is designed for the needs of many students who do not learn well in traditional settings. Cumberland is fully accredited and addresses the student’s academic, emotional and social concerns through nurturing, innovative and challenging programs.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia is currently accepting applications for grades 4 through 12. To schedule a tour of the school, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions at 404-835-9000 or email admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org. To learn more, please visit the website at http://www.cumberlandacademy.org.

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