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ON A JOURNEY: Supporters of the Davis Academy celebrate the schools 20th anniversary recently at a bash at The Hangar at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport. PHOTO / Davis Academy

ON A JOURNEY: Supporters of the Davis Academy celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary recently at a bash at The Hangar at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport. PHOTO / Davis Academy

In August 1992, The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy first opened its doors with 20 students – 10 kindergarteners and 10 first-graders. The school had been the dream of many in the community who believed that the time was right for a school of excellence guided by Reform Jewish traditions and values.

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Twenty years later, thanks to the dedication of so many generous, committed and talented individuals who grew and shaped the school, Davis has 620 students between its two state-of-the art campuses in Sandy Springs; is recognized both locally and nationally for innovative programs; and has more than 100 faculty and staff who every day are dedicated to guiding each child to reach his or her own potential.

Needless to say, reaching the 20th anniversary this year has been cause for celebration and thanks for The Davis Academy. Events on April 26 and 27 were part of the culmination of a year-long recognition of all who have supported the school.

First, the entire school – along with families, founders and other community members – came together for a fun and memorable Rock Shabbat that also featured a performance by guest musician Billy Jonas. The service concluded in great spirit with the song “Rise Up!”, written by Davis Director of Jewish & Hebrew studies Micah Lapidus and performed by Davis faculty members with Davis receptionist and gospel singer extraordinare Janice Durden.

Then, the 20th Anniversary Bash the following night at The Hangar at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport celebrated Davis Academy’s “journey.”

The fun isn’t over yet, though. Celebrations still to come include a fantastic first-ever Alumni Reunion on May 30 to celebrate Davis Academy’s more than 600 graduates with an exclusive concert by Grammy-nominated recording artist Matisyahu and a PTO family carnival for school families on June 2.

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