CASE (Character and Skills Education) is an after-school program for middle school students in the Dupont Hadley school district of Metro Nashville schools. Through CASE, students gain an opportunity to receive academic tutoring and enrichment activities, free of charge.
Our interest in beginning this program was to benefit the children in the Hopewell neighborhood. We met and grew in relationship with many of these kids through our summer program Camp Skillz. CASE became a way to continue giving opportunities to this same group of kids throughout the year.
We recognize that middle school is an important moment in the life of a student--the time when they decide what kind of student they will become, or whether or not they will stick it out at all. The kids we work with are zoned to attend high school at McGavock High, a notoriously under-performing school. Our program seeks to instill habits to ensure academic success while at the same time introducing students to healthy role models and productive ways to spend their time. Kids who formerly would go home after school to play video games, wander the neighborhood, or spend time alone are now given the opportunity to do things like grow food, learn how an iPad could help with certain academic skills, participate in a cooking class, create jewelry, learn magic tricks, memorize a dance routine and more.
We love our students and have been blessed to watch them grow academically as well as socially as they create new friends through such fun experiences. Since 2014, we have partnered with the Nashville After Zone Alliance to make our CASE program possible in two locations: G.O.D. International headquarters (in the Hopewell neighborhood) and Dupont-Hadley Middle School. Through a quality volunteer force, our students feel welcomed and supported, physically and emotionally safe, as we challenge them to develop social skills through collaborative projects that require cooperation and communication.
CASE highlights from OUR BLOG
Enjoy a photo story review of our after school program and some of the skill enhancing activities that took place over this last year.
The Arts at Center Street recently hosted Brian Hull's live puppetry production of Kaytek the Wizard. Craig Duffy reflects on its value for young students.
Brett Madron reports on the food drive our C.A.S.E. after-school program students organized for refugee families in the Nashville area.
Brett Madron reports on C.A.S.E. and the journey our site coordinators have been on to find the best ways to serve the students who participate in the character and skill oriented after-school program.
By the time they reach middle school, kids are making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. Usually, a single decision’s effect isn’t immediately life altering. But one poor choice can certainly put a person on a path that limits the kind of opportunities young people should have available to them.
Rebekah Davis, C.A.S.E. tutor, reflects on the program's goals in light of another school year of the program.
Jeff Sherrod, Hopewell Site Coordinator for our CASE after school program, reviews our 2015-2016 school year serving some wonderful kids!
The 2015-2016 CASE after school program has concluded. With pride, we celebrate another successful year of investing in junior high students!
Rebekah Davis discusses her process of teaching team building exercises to the students at our CASE program who sadly, do not often understand the concept of a team.
Our CASE after school program is now able to provide opportunities for students to learn responsible online collaboration through iPads!
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