Aurora Press Release

For Immediate Release

Aurora Students and Parents Say, “Thank You,” to State Lawmakers for Supporting Education

March 21, 2011 – Atlanta, GA: Students of the Aurora Day School and their parents gathered together this morning at the Georgia State Capitol to thank Georgia lawmakers for their support of the Georgia Scholarship Program, also known as the Georgia Tax Credit For Education Program (HB 1133). State Representative, David Casas, sponsor of the bill, and Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers were in attendance.

The Tax Credit Scholarship Program allows individuals and corporations to provide deserving and needy children with scholarships, while also receiving a tax credit on their Georgia income tax liability.

In response, the AHEAD Foundation has generously awarded $1,000,000.00 in scholarships for students attending the Aurora Day School, a private school for children with learning challenges.

Kellie Huff has made it the goal of Aurora Strategies and the Aurora Day school that one out of every five students enrolled should be full tuition scholarship students. “Thanks to generous donations from the AHEAD Foundation, CIBA VISION, programs like Georgia Tax Credit Scholarships, and Georgia Special Needs Scholarships (SB10,2007/8); the 1-in-5 program is now a reality.”

EVENT SCHEDULE & OUTLINE
AHEAD Foundation & Aurora Day School
Capitol Building Press “Thank You” Event
11:00 AM MARCH 21, 2011

Event
Lawmakers unite in a bi-partisan event, showing their support of education for Georgia Students.

Balloon Launch “Thank You” event will be on the Capitol Steps Monday, March 21, at 11:00 a.m. Press invited. Kids, parents and teachers of Aurora Day School thank Georgia lawmakers for supporting their education.

Event Details:
• Don Ashlock of AHEAD will pass a $1 Million check to Representative David Casas who will pass it to Alisha Thomas Morgan who will pass it to Senate Majority Leader Chip Rodgers who then will pass it to Kellie Huff of Aurora Day School to fund Aurora Day School scholarships.
o Each person will make a statement before passing on the check to the next person.
• Aurora Day School students will launch balloons (4 yellow & 1 green) which symbolize the 1-5 ratio with explanation of their Symbolic significance by Robin Lucas, special needs mom and Parent Advocate.
• Ciba Vision representative to make statement: Students will wear blue shirts supplied by Ciba Vision as a gratitude statement for their corporate donor scholarship support.
• Representative David Casas, Alisha Thomas Morgan and Chip Rogers will receive notes and thank you signs from kids and parents.
Schedule
9:45am – 10:00am Aurora Day School Students and parents arrive at capitol – Donna Nealy will meet students and give a short tour.
10:10am- Capitol Tour
10:50am – Convene at north steps (inside) press conference. Ann Casas, Rep David Casas, Alisha Thomas Morgan, Senator Fran Millar, Senator Chip Rogers, Adam Pipkin, Don Ashlock, Kellie Huff, Parents and students of Aurora Day School. Photo opportunity with legislators, etc.

Program will be kept to ten minutes.

About Aurora Day School

Aurora Day School accelerates learning for children with sensory, communications & language, motor, social and other learning challenges. Aurora offers new hope for families of children, grades K – 12, who have struggled to succeed in other schools. Proven, neuroscience-based strategies shed light on where and why students are struggling. Then, individualized, therapeutic instruction plans are created to strengthen – and often re-map – neural path¬ways; creating a strong foundation for higher education. Two to six years of measurable subject area and skill gains are typical in one year. Equally important, students discover successful paths to lifelong learning. (Fully accredited, Georgia Accrediting Commission).

Kellie Huff, Founder/CEO, Aurora Day School
3776 LaVista Road; Suite 200
Tucker, GA, USA 30084
404-377-8882
Kellie at aurorastrategies dot com

 


About AHEAD Foundation

AHEAD Foundation, who’s name is an acronym of Advancing Health, Education and Development, has a history in supporting new frontiers in education that goes back to 1927. The AHEAD scholarship award will fund a series of scholarships to be announced over the year to promote Aurora Day School’s increased ability to serve children with excellence through merit and need based financial assistance. AHEAD has a particular interest in science based technology enhancements to education of gifted students and children who can benefit from accelerated education programs. Aurora Day School has gained national recognition for its uniquely demonstrated ability to deliver measurable results. AHEAD members represent a diverse network of professionals who actively address innovations in health and education development.

Don Ashlock, Director, AHEAD Foundation
4530 McDonald Rd., Apison, TN 37302 USA
Office 770-884-1935
Cell 503-849-5150
Don.Ashlock at AHEADfoundation dot us

About CIBA VISION

Bob Dalton, Head of Global Tax Global Finance for CIBA VISION stated
“As a leader in the global eye care industry, CIBA VISION is committed to helping people worldwide achieve ‘healthy vision for a better life’. CIBA VISION believes that reaching this goal means reaching out to communities in which they live and work, volunteering their time and efforts, and investing in programs that protect, preserve and enhance eyesight. CIBA VISION is pleased to work with the Aurora Day School, the AHEAD Foundation and the State of Georgia to help ensure that children with special needs have access to high quality education and a better future.”

Jen Cole, Manager, Global Communications, CIBA VISION
11460 Johns Creek Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
678-415-4236
Jen.Cole at cibavision dot com

Event Photographer: Donne Ashlock: (404) 824-5051 Donne@DonneAshlock.com. www.DonneAshlock.com (Please contact Donne for all photograph requests.)

Georgia House Bill 1133 (HB 1133)
HB 1133 – Education; student scholarship organizations (SSO); provisions
– BILL SUMMARY: HB 1133 provides income tax credits to taxpayers that provide funds to “student scholarship organizations,” which are defined as 501(c)(3) organizations that allocate 90% of annual revenue for scholarships or tuition grants to allow students to attend private schools and provide educational scholarships or tuition grants to students without limiting availability to only students of one school.
The bill provides tax credits to taxpayers that provide funds to these organizations when such funds are used for private school tuition and fees. The amount of the credit for individual taxpayers will be the lesser of the actual amount expended or $1,000 per tax year for single or head of household taxpayers, and $2,500 for married couples filing jointly. The amount of the credit for corporations will be the lesser of the actual amount expended or 75% of the corporation’s income tax liability. This credit is not allowed if the expenditure to the organization is for the direct benefit of any dependent taxpayer. Any unused credit may be carried forward against the five succeeding years’ tax liability. The aggregate amount of these tax credits shall not exceed $50 million per tax year. In order to receive this credit, taxpayers must notify the Department of Revenue of the total amount of contributions that the taxpayer intends to make prior to making the contribution. The Commissioner then pre-approves or denies the requested amount within 30 days. If pre-approved, the taxpayer must make the contribution within 30 days. The taxpayer must attach a letter of confirmation of the donation issued by the student scholarship organization must be attached to the tax return.

Benchmarks

AHEAD Foundation

April 30, 2011