Providing resources, programs and support are the focus points of a Master Partnership agreement signed by Tusculum College’s Mentors for Kids Program and Hal Henard Elementary School.
The contract became official October 21 at a signing ceremony at Hal Henard Elementary School and is part of the Partners in Education program, a joint project of the Greene County School System, the Greeneville City School System, and the Greene County Partnership. The contract was established for one year, after which time it will be evaluated and considered for renewal.
According to Partners in Education Director Kelly Burrell, “This partnership is an example of how common goals can be met when schools and civic/community groups, school groups, or businesses collaborate and it will provide wonderful opportunities for the students at Hal Henard.”
Objectives of the partnership are: to develop resources, including, but not limited to funding, associate involvement and ideas; to provide an avenue for interaction between the Tusculum College’s Mentors for Kids Program and Hal Henard Elementary School’s Third Grade classes; to improve student knowledge of the commitment to education and community involvement by Tusculum College and its Mentors for Kids Program; to work together to improve awareness of every day issues facing students; to create a partnership that enables personnel from the elementary school education level and college level to interact and accomplish common goals; to work together on joint projects such as fundraising and school events/programs; and, to establish positive relationships with teachers, students, and the Hal Henard community as a whole.
Major activities outlined in the contract include the following: Tusculum College’s Mentors for Kids Program was developed to motivate youth and communities to achieve different experiences to inspire them to transform lives, education to change attitudes, and connections to increase opportunities; Tusculum College staff and students will work with all three (3) third grade classes from Hal Henard Elementary School in an effort to provide learning opportunities for them; Tusculum College staff and students will met with Hal Henard 3rd grade students every Tuesday for five (5) weeks in order to allow the youngsters to experience life on a college campus and engage in various educational activities; Tusculum College’s Mentors for Kids Program will encourage the 3rd grade students to write in a journal about their day each week and are also presented with a book to keep from the college at the conclusion of each meeting day; Tusculum College’s Mentors for Kids Program will lead programs for students involving teamwork, cultural diversity, history, higher education, and athletic training. Other programs of work may be incorporated in the future; and Hal Henard Elementary School will place a banner in their gymnasium designating Tusculum College’s Mentors for Kids Program as its Partner in Education.
The Partners in Education program was formed to provide a link between businesses, organizations and institutions and the public school systems in order to enhance and expand educational opportunities for all students.