Law firm donates $7,700 to start music therapy program at Cobb school

The owner of a real estate law firm has donated $7,700 to start a music therapy program at a school for special needs students. 

Shelley Elder, owner of Elder Law Firm in Kennesaw, made the contribution to the Cobb Schools Foundation to launch the program at H.A.V.E.N Academy of Cobb County School District, the system said.

Elder said she made the donation because the students at the academy “deserve the best.” 

“My goal is to discover the charities that don’t always make the front page and find meaningful ways to help,” she said. “It’s important to show people that you care about the difference they are making for others in our community.”

The Academy is one of 24 programs in the Georgia Network of Educational and Therapeutic Support, which serves special needs students age 5 to 21. 

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The programs provide education and therapeutic support services for students who “might otherwise require residential or other more restrictive placements” due to the severity of their emotional or behavioral disorders, according to the Georgia Department of Education website.

The Cobb program serves students from Cobb and Douglas counties and Marietta City Schools. 

“We are truly blessed to have such a supportive community who is behind us every step of the way with these truly amazing students,” said H.A.V.EN. Principal Isaac Kelly.  

If you would like to learn more about how you can support H.A.V.E.N Academy, as well as other Cobb schools and teachers through Teacher Impact Grants, contact Felicia Wagner, executive director of the Cobb Schools Foundation at or 770-490-3390.

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