A student success center developed at Gainesville High School, called The Hub, was officially opened Friday morning with a ribbon cutting.
The Hub features resources students may need through existing community partners, like Avita, United Way and others. Now, those resources are all in one place, and they're open to both Gainesville and Hall County students and their families.
"We're ready to start serving students more than just on the surface level," said Tonya Sander, director of The Hub. She said student tutoring is already underway and they're working with the University of North Georgia and Lanier Tech to get dual enrollment underway. "And getting our food pantry up and running and having some lunch and learns for our students to start working on and preparing for college and careers."
Sanders said it meant a lot to see the support from community as they opened The Hub, which had standing room only during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The Hub includes a closet with washing machines and dryers, a clinic, a food pantry, individual spaces for counseling on college, careers, mental health, or finances, and larger spaces for students to gather.
Principal Jamie Green was elated to finally open The Hub, which began in 2017, prior to him even applying for a job in Gainesville.
"It's been a process, we've worked with student voice, with community agencies and partnerships, we've spoken to parents, our staff, really just to create something that can serve students, serve families whether at Gainesville schools, Hall County, Lakeview, or Riverside, or homeschooled," said Green. "But just to think about, what do our students need, how do we get them to reach their goals, how do we provide that holistic development that they all need?"
The Hub was a beneficiary of the annual Northeast Georgia Community Foundation Golf Tournament, which raised $3,400 last fall to help fund the center.
Click through the gallery to see photos of The Hub. Previous stories on its progress can be found below.