ING gives $10,000 to Heards Ferry

Heards Ferry Elementary School in Sandy Springs was awarded $10,000 by the ING Foundation on Oct. 31. Rhonda Mims, the organization’s president, presented a check to Heards Ferry Principal Susan Dorenkamp.

Dutch financial giant ING’s American operations are based in Sandy Springs.

The grant money will be used to purchase two Promethean ACTIVboards, one for each fifth-grade class. The boards are electronic, interactive presentation devices that interface with computers. Images displayed on the boards can be written on, drawn on and moved around, and the computer can capture and save that information.

As part of the presentation, Mims read to several classes and was shown a Promethean board in use during an art class.

Construction on track at Ridgeview Charter School

Ridgeview Charter School, the middle school that feeds Riverwood International Charter School, this summer began a reconstruction financed by SPLOST III money.

Architectural firm CDH designed the building, and Doster is handling the construction.

Principal Karen Cox expects to have the school moved into the state-of-the-art building for classes next fall.

The project includes a new wing for administrative offices, the music departments, the media center and classrooms; renovation of the existing building to enlarge the cafeteria; a new sound system, lighting and an electrical upgrade in the gym; and new doors, windows and other exterior improvements.

You can follow the work and preview the outcome at

As part of the project, the Ridgeview Charter School Foundation is selling engraved pavers that will form the Panther Walk leading into the renovated school. The deadline to purchase the $50 pavers is Dec. 31. The money raised will benefit educational and extracurricular programs at the Sandy Springs school.

Forms for the Panther Walk program are available in the school office.