Outpouring of Support from Community After Break Recent In at Atlanta Special Needs School, Cumberland Academy of Georgia
Sometime during early morning hours on Monday, July 27, Cumberland Academy of Georgia, an Atlanta school for children with Autism and other learning disabilities, was broken into and robbed of thousands of dollars worth of electronics and equipment.
Cumberland’s founder, Debbi Scarborough, discovered the damage when she opened the school Monday morning. “I just can’t imagine who would want to do something like this to a school, especially for special needs kids,” said Scarborough. Numerous educational electronics were taken from the school. The value of these electronics was said to be over $10,000.
The school posted the regretful news about the robbery on their Facebook page, which became flooded with support from the local community. Scarborough and the Cumberland staff have been overwhelmed by the generosity they have received in the face of the tragedy. Individuals and organizations throughout the community have generously donated new and used electronics, games, supplies and funds to help the school during its time of need.
“We had worked all summer to prepare for students to begin their new school year. The robbery set us back a bit,” said Scarborough. “However, the kindness of people who have shown support for our school and the efforts of our teachers, as well as love for our students has been amazing. We are so grateful to have this support and are ready for a great school year!”
Despite the robbery, Cumberland began the school year as planned on August 13, opening their doors to approximately 80 students with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD and other learning disabilities. The staff worked diligently to make up for the losses before the school year began. Thanks to all the support, the Cumberland family is confident the new school year will be a success.
Currently, no arrests have been made in connection with the break in at Cumberland Academy of Georgia. The crime scene has been thoroughly examined for forensic evidence, and the school’s video surveillance system is currently under review by Sandy Springs police.
To see what equipment the school is still missing, visit Cumberland’s Facebook page. If you would like to make a contribution to Cumberland Academy of Georgia, donations can be made at https://cumberlandacademy.org/dev/support/donate.
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