In 1995, the East Lake neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia was home to a rundown public housing complex and had a crime rate that was 18 times higher than the national average. Seventy percent of students were failing to meet state standards for reading and math. Thanks to the East Lake Foundation and donations from local philanthropist Tom Cousins, a holistic community revitalization project began that transformed East Lake into a thriving community. Violent crime is down 95 percent, property values have significantly increased and students are meeting and exceeding state standards. The East Lake Foundation knew that a high-quality school would be an important centerpiece to the revitalization effort. The drab, windowless elementary school that had previously served the community was replaced by the newly built Charles R. Drew Charter School, which features high ceilings, walls of blue glass and beautiful landscaping. Drew Charter opened its doors in 2000. In 2010 they adopted a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with a foundation in literacy. The school integrates technology throughout the curriculum and became a SMART Showcase School in 2011.