Atlanta, Ga. – – – The holidays are coming early for 115 fifth grade students of Woodward Elementary as they are going to tour the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Ga. and are being treated to lunch by Krystal on Dec. 3, 2013.


Scarlett Childers is a fifth grade teacher at Woodward Elementary School in Brookhaven, Ga. Childers’ students are high risk and in need. Childers developed a unique way of teaching her students math using SEC football. Her students are graphing, creating fractions, decimals and percentages, using tables, understanding base 10 applications and learning geography through the SEC football statistics. The tour of the University of Georgia campus is a way to show her students that she is proud of them and hard work truly pays off.


“I hope this experience helps my children visualize their goals as students so they have the desire to work hard in school and want to achieve,” said  Childers.  “A life that is full of possibilities.  This new way of learning and partnership with UGA will open their eyes and minds to what they can have if they work for it.”


Krystal franchisee Travis Rogers, owner of two Krystal restaurants in Athens, will be delivering lunch to the children on campus. “I am happy to provide lunch to these kids at risk, especially with the approaching holiday season,” said Rogers. “What better gift is there than the gift of education?”


Pat Allen, Director of Community Relations  at the University of Georgia, and Rosa Arroyo-Driggers, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Diversity and Access,  have worked together to develop a special day for the students. In addition to learning about admissions and college life, the children will  meet an  athletic statistician, a current athlete, tour  Sanford Stadium  and Stegeman Coliseum, and meet students who grew up in similar communities as them.


“We know that our staff and student athletes will be  inspired by these fifth graders and vice versa,” said Allen.



To raise funds for their field trip, students have sold pizza and held events at the Brookhaven Laundromat. Childers’ commitment to her student’s education and future is steadfast. “I am proud of how far my students have come and thank the Georgia Bulldogs and Krystal for their support! This day could not be possible without them,” said Childers.

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