Save Fernbank Science Center
  • Petitioned Dr. Eugene Walker, Chairperson

This petition was delivered to:

DeKalb County Board of Education
Dr. Eugene Walker, Chairperson
DeKalb County Board of Education
Mr. Thomas Bowen
DeKalb County Board of Education
Ms. Nancy Jester
DeKalb County Board of Education
Mr. Donald McChesney
DeKalb County Board of Education
Ms. Sarah Copelin-Wood
DeKalb County Board of Education
Mr. H. Paul Womack, Jr.
DeKalb County Board of Education
Mr. Jay Cunningham, Jr.
DeKalb County Board of Education
Ms. Donna Edler
DeKalb County Board of Education
Dr. Pamela Speaks
Dekalb County Board of Education

Save Fernbank Science Center

    1. Krista Reed
    2. Petition by

      Krista Reed

      Winterville, GA

According to the DeKalb County Schools' website, their mission is to "maximize students'...academic potential preparing them to compete in a global society." Sadly, the board is looking to possibly close Fernbank Science Center, threatening students' access to a wide range of educational opportunities in the sciences.

Fernbank Science Center's innovative Scientific Tools and Techniques (STT) program, which immerses 9th grade students in challenging, hands-on work in a variety of scientific fields, including Physics and Chemistry, could get the ax in these cuts.

According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report, "the building and its 56 full-time employees now are looking like a luxury to school officials."
http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/dekalb-schools-cuts-could-1446160.html

Among the 56 employees at Fernbank, are those who run the STT program--scientists with advanced degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology and other scientific fields.

Our children's future--our nation's future--depends on a firm foundation in science and technology. Let's not rob our children of every opportunity to compete in our global economy.

Let's save Fernbank Science Center and its valuable educational programming.

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Fernbank Science Center:

http://fsc.fernbank.edu/

Fernbank's STT Program:

http://fsc.fernbank.edu/stt.htm

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 3,500 signatures
    2. 1000 Signatures and Counting!

      Krista Reed
      Petition Organizer

      I'm thrilled to report that we've surpassed our original goal of 1000 and are on our way to reaching 1500. Let's keep the momentum going and see how many signatures we can get before Wednesday. The board is holding a public hearing at 6pm on May 30, so it's important that everyone who wants to stand in support of FSC gets an opportunity to do so.

      Huge thanks to all who have signed in support of Fernbank Science Center and the future of our young people.

      -Krista Westervelt Reed

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Over 500 signatures and counting

      Krista Reed
      Petition Organizer

      I want to thank everyone who has come out in support of saving Fernbank Science Center. We are over 500 signatures, now, and growing. Please get the word out to friends and family. Together we can make a difference.

      -Krista Westervelt Reed

    5. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Courtney Armstrong HIXSON, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up in Atlanta and our field trips to the Fernbank science center were always fun, educational, and very worthwhile. Individual schools in Dekalb County cannot afford to have nice science labs in each school. Therefore, I believe the county continues to benefit from having a central scientific center so children can have access to the latest technology, equipment, and other scientific resources.

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    • Carol Bowman CUMMING, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up in Dekalb County and learned more on my Fernbank field trips than any other. I'm so sad that my children don't get to go there because we live in another county. It is still a place that I love to visit and it will be a travesty to lose it. Perhaps it needs to open itself up to more counties, so that others in the area can utilize the facilities.

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    • Jackqueline Williams AMERICUS, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      I learned many things here.

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    • Laura Bussey AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up in DeKalb County and taught in DeKalb County Schools for 17 years

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    • Jennifer Pirtle ATLANTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up going on fieldtrips to Fernbank. I also attended the Saturday and Summer SEMMA program. I still remember everything and I believe these experiences helped me grow as children and a student. This is NOT an option for budget cuts, not if you want children to succeed in later life. Enough teaching for the test and more hands on, interactive learning that actually intrigues children to go out and learn more.

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