They Won! The Cross Keys Solar Car Team Won!

The Cross Keys Solar Car Team, comprised of students from more than four DeKalb schools, won the national Winston Solar Challenge and the coveted Guntis Terauds Award last week in Texas!

We reported on their wonderful program last month and many of you made a contribution to the cause! Many thanks! Click here to read the original post. Also, many thanks to Nancy Jester – the school board rep who asked the school system to support the dreams of these successful students!

Read the AJC report at the link below and come out to see the car in action on Saturday!

Students’ solar-powered car to parade down Buford Highway


Jim McMahan, District 4 school board candidate (endorsed by DeKalb School Watch) and big supporter of the Cross Keys solar car program, alerted us to the good news. One of the members of the Original DeKalb School Watch blog, Kim Gokce is an avid Cross Keys supporter and founder of the Cross Keys Foundation, which supports the students of Cross Keys in a variety of ways.  There are endless volunteer opportunities available through the Foundation. Find out how you can help. You’ll be so glad you did!

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12 Responses to They Won! The Cross Keys Solar Car Team Won!

  1. These kids are really amazing! Congratulations to everyone!!!

  2. In other GOOD NEWS —
    It appears that the school system has been able to use technology to track down almost $100,000 in stolen computer hardware!

    School system recovers stolen computers
    DeKalb County school officials are using a private service to track down stolen computers, and have recovered as much as $100,000 in hardware in nine months, system spokesman Walter Woods said.

    Gary L. Brantley, the new technology chief hired by Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson, recommended using the Computrace service from Austin-based Absolute Software after hearing numerous theft complaints. The company uses software to track computers that are removed from schools.

    “We haven’t had any big thefts of computers since October when we implemented this,” Woods said. About two dozen computers have been recovered.

  3. Jim McMahan says:


    Your hard work and advocacy for your school is AMAZING!
    As a parent and a potential school board member I will continue to advocate for your school, technology program, and foundation. I hope to see you at Cross Keys this Saturday at 10am as the solar car is displayed at the high school. Let me know if you require video to cature the moment of the solar car leaving the shcool and heading down Buford Highway to the Buford Highway farmers market and other promotional stops.
    I would like the rest of the county to marvel in what can be done when a community supports their neighborhood school. This is the message for One DeKalb! We can make a difference and you are leading the way!
    My warmest regards,

    Jim McMahan
    District 4 Candidate for DeKalb County School Board

  4. Murphey says:

    This is absolutely awesome!! Pat Gunter, the Cross Keys teacher who heads up this effort, is one of those special teachers who knows how to teach and to motivate kids. I can’t wait to see the car on Saturday!

  5. That was another Nancy Jester suggestion as I recall.

    Guess they didn’t need all those lights on for the security cameras after all, huh?

    Congratulations to the students at Cross Keys (and what other schools?) for their national award! Nice to have some good news for a change! How refreshing!

  6. What are the other schools?

  7. Who is the theif? If they can track something, why didn’t they do it right away? What took so long? Was it a lot of different students walking off with stuff or a big computer “heist” that was finally stopped? Did they recover the full amount of stolen items? Were the perps arrested? Will they have their day in court? How much does tracking this stuff cost compared to how much was recovered? Can we use the same technology to track our own stuff if it is stolen? Can the police use this technology to track other stolen items, like vehicles, children, debit cards? What school was the stuff stolen from? Why didn’t the security system at the school work? Did the technology come with the items or did we just buy it? How did the perps get into the schools? What else was stolen? How many items were stolen? Are they still in good enough condition to be returned to use by our students? Will the replacement cost be added back to the budget if it was already taken out? So many questions… so few answers.

    This smells like a bogus story…. who funded the “new” tracking technology? Does this replace the outdated cameras that require $6million in special lighting to be left on day and night?

  8. Whoshelpingthekids says:

    Wait- two dozen computers cost $100,000? I don’t think so. And it says they haven’t had any big thefts since they instituted it- so how have they recovered $100,000 through this program? It’s sad that we had this ability sitting on the shelf not being used and many schools were victims of theft that haven’t been recovered or replaced by DCSS – our self insured system…NOT!

  9. Just curious if they accomplished this with or without Fernbank. (not being a hater… really, just curious)

  10. Jim Kinney says:

    WooHoo!!!!! Fantastic work. I look forward to seeing this car on Saturday! My 13 year old will be the one drooling over it 🙂 (OK, OK. Dad will be, too)

  11. Chamblee, Dunwoody, Redan, and some others. It was in one of the linked articles. The program is part of the HS of Tech that resides within Cross Keys (sharing a principal and all other admin as we think all ‘programs’ should, like DSA, etc, but I digress…)

    Also – they are continuing to accept donations — Kim has set up a very easy online way to contribute –

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