Town Turtle Ingrid Brunt Jan Collins Lisa Nash Elizabeth Kelly

Town Turtles of Sandy Springs co-chairs Ingrid Brunt and Jan Collins, Heards Ferry Elementary School Principal Lisa Nash and Sandy Springs Society president Elizabeth Kelly stand by the Town Turtle the school’s class of 2017 purchased and dedicated at a ceremony in May. Through several fundraisers, the class raised $3,700 to buy the statue.

The Sandy Springs Society, a nonprofit that raises funds for local charities, is again offering Town Turtles of Sandy Springs for sale to individuals, nonprofits and businesses.

The Town Turtles of Sandy Springs was a public fiberglass art project from summer 2004 to fall 2005. Seventy-five Town Turtles were exhibited on the streets of Sandy Springs from April to September 2005. The turtles were on exhibit during the time of the referendum for Sandy Springs becoming a city.

The turtles became a symbol of the 30-year perseverance of Sandy Springs to become a city. Mayor Rusty Paul has cited the turtle as the city’s main logo. Over $500,000 was raised with this highly successful project. Heritage Sandy Springs won the grant proposal and used its funds to help build Heritage Green, now known as Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn.

The remainder of the funds were used to buy all the parks in Sandy Springs from Fulton County for the new city and to set up an endowment so the society can support nonprofits in Sandy Springs in perpetuity.

For more information on purchasing a Town Turtle, visit or write to the Sandy Springs Society, P.O. Box 720074, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30358.

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