Sims, who is a 1989 graduate of Tri-Cities, said partnerships in the surrounding communities keep the school successful.
“When [Tri-Cities] started, there was a tremendous vision to bring East Point, Hapeville and College Park together, and working with each other is what helps students achieve,” he said.
The Partners in Education program’s goal is to invest in students with educational, social and technological skills necessary to succeed.
The program promotes collaborative relationships between local businesses, organizations and the school to provide “a positive impact for the community at large,” according to the program’s mission statement.
Sims said this support has already helped numerous students and will continue to impact others.
“This partnership helps students achieve their goals. Through this program, we’ve been able to send students to New York University and we have eight drama students who are going to a governor’s honors program in south Georgia in the summer. These kids may not have been able to take advantage of these life-changing opportunities without the partnerships,” he said.
Businesses or organizations who participate in the program receive benefits from the school, including recognition and advertising placements, access to ticketed events held at the school and use of its facilities depending on monetary donations.
Although financial support in important for the school, Sims said mentoring is also a big part of the program.
“Nothing is more important to me then spending time with the students and talking to them, so volunteering as a guest speaker or tutor is a great way to get involved,” he said.
The program also helps support teachers by providing incentives and new supplies and technology for the classrooms.