Members of the Chattahoochee Hills Charter School and Chatt Hills Community gathered on a blustery spring evening to tour the construction site of the new Willie J. Lovett Jr. building and learn about the school’s blueprint for success.
The building will honor the memory of its namesake, the late Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge Willie J. Lovett Jr., who was instrumental in the school’s start-up and served as the governing Board Chair for several years.
John Reid, the first CHCS governing Board Chair, honored the Lovett family members present and gave high praise for Willie’s work as a servant leader. Remarks were also made by Clay Johnson, immediate past Chair of the CHCS governing Board.
Willie was an early supporter of the school, which opened in 2014, and one whose heart was filled with love, joy, and persistence. He was a servant leader who always put the interest of others, particularly the children’s, first in order to promote positive change and lead this school towards achieving the highest level of academic excellence. Reid said one of Willie’s favorite poems he always recited was by Mother Teresa entitled “Anyway” which encourages you to do your best, regardless of what others say, anyway.
The CHCS Blueprints
The Lovett Building will house eight classrooms, a multi-purpose gathering space, two science labs, administrative offices, meeting space and an outdoor covered court. Construction is underway and expected to be completed by mid-November.
As guests toured the construction sites, posters showed each room in the facility, which will feature some of the latest technology, such as interactive whiteboards, projectors, screens, lockers, student worktables, phones etc.
This expansion comes with a price tag but fundraising specialist Mary Norman says it offers a wonderful opportunity for the community to get involved and broaden the base of support for the school. The CHCS Foundation just launched a 150-day fundraising campaign to raise $150,000. At the Blueprint for Success event on Thursday, a $25,000 1:1 challenge grant was announced. This gift will double every donation made up to $25,000!
Future Plans – Full Steam Ahead
Executive Director Chester Asher announced that theschool is on its way to becoming a STEAM school
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).
This summer, the school will launch its first STEAM Camp where students will learn about art, agriculture and the environment with an interactive and fun approach. The school also has future plans to purchase a school bus and repurpose it into recording studio where children can play their instrument and perform in front of a larger audience.
After the tour, guests were treated to a catered dinner by Casablanca Café and Catering, courtesy of a generous donor, where they met the CHCS leadership team, staff, and members of the CHCS foundation.
CHCS Executive Director Chester Asher said the school currently serves children in K-8 and has a student body of 540, with an additional 600 students who are on the wait list for next year. The admission process is based on a lottery for the entire country of South Fulton; however, the school is looking for ways to give a preference to children from Chatt Hills to attend.
Asher said with many exciting developments in the horizon, Chatt Hills Charter School stands stronger than ever and will continue to pursue its paramount mission: inspire all children to the highest levels of academic achievement through a rigorous curriculum that integrates the wonders of the natural world. “It’s not about the work; it’s about service.”
For more information or to make a gift in support of the Lovett Fund, visit https://chcsfoundation.com/chcs-is-growing#expansion-project or contact the foundation Executive Director Stacie Gottlieb at Stacie@chcsfoundation.org.
Willie’s Favorite Poem by Mother Teresa
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