COVINGTON, Ga. - Cousins Middle School music teacher Krista Firkus’ room will soon get a complete makeover after the chorus teacher won one of 10 School Crashers grants for school facility improvements from Georgia United Credit Union Foundation.
Leigh Gant, Business Development Officer at Georgia United Credit Union surprised Firkus with the announcement during a special called faculty meeting at the school in May.
“I’m so incredibly grateful to Georgia United for the School Crashers Grant,” Firkus said. “As the chorus teacher at a middle school, I’m introducing my students to what a chorus class is and what they can expect as they sing in choirs for, hopefully, the rest of their lives. With this grant, we will be able to have risers, posture chairs, and music stands for everyone.
“My students are wonderful independent learners who work diligently to master complex material. I’m so happy to bring them this upgrade for the next year. With the new set up and fresh carpet and paint the kids can have pride in the choral program and in themselves as well. I am so proud of the work my students have put in this year and the accomplishments they’ve received. I can’t wait to tell them about the grant and how it will improve their choral program!”
According to Gant, this is the sixth year the Foundation has awarded School Crashers grants to schools across the state. Since its inception, the School Crashers program has provided 33 school makeovers totaling over one million dollars in improvements over the last five years.
“Georgia United Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for children and families in the communities they serve through impactful programs funded by way of corporate contributions and delivered through volunteerism from the credit union and community partners,” Gant said. “The Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is the philanthropic arm of Georgia United Credit Union.”
“I am very proud of Ms. Firkus for applying for and receiving this grant,” Atosha Logan, Cousins principal, said. “We are all excited to see how the music room will look once the makeover is complete. We can’t thank the Georgia United Credit Union Foundation enough for making this happen.”