George GallowayThe Galloway School will host the capstone celebration of its 40th anniversary year on Saturday, May 1, on its campus in Buckhead’s Chastain Park. The event kicks off with the unveiling of an outdoor classroom and sculpture of school founder Elliott Galloway (pictured) at 12:30 p.m., then continues with the premiere of The Galloway School’s museum exhibition, a service project benefitting the Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, live music and student performances.

Atlanta sculptor Martin Dawe of CherryLion Studios has been commissioned to create “Elliott’s Circle ,” an outdoor classroom to be unveiled on May 1 and installed on the front lawn of Galloway’s campus. “Elliott’s Circle” features a sculpture of Mr. Galloway and a young student seated and in conversation, surrounded by a circle of logs. The emphasis of this design is what Mr. Galloway considered to be central to his educational philosophy: the relationship between teacher and student.

May 1 also marks the premiere of The Galloway School’s museum exhibition and walking tour, “Inspiring What Is Possible, Forty Years and Counting,” which will open at 1 p.m. This exhibition showcases 40 years of rich history, highlighting key events that contributed to Galloway’s success, featuring historic photographs and artifacts and looking ahead to the collaborative projects the school is undertaking that will further enrich the community. Following the Community Celebration, many elements of this exhibition will remain on display on Galloway’s campus.

Galloway is also partnering with Fulton County CASA , a nonprofit organization which advocates for abused and neglected children who are moving through the foster care system. During the coming weeks, every Galloway student will help fill backpacks with toiletries, clothes and other items to be delivered to children who are removed from their home in a crisis situation. The stuffed backpacks will be donated to CASA on May 1.

The Community Celebration is the culmination of a series of events throughout the 2009-2010 school year that celebrate Galloway’s 40th anniversary. On Sept. 3, 1969, Elliott Galloway opened the doors of The Galloway School for the first time. The past four decades have witnessed the realization of his dream to create a school where, instead of learning facts and processes, children would learn how to learn—about academics and themselves.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.