WHAT IS CASE?
CASE (Character and Skills Education) is an after-school program for middle school students in the McGavock school district of Metro Nashville schools. Through CASE, students gain an opportunity to receive academic tutoring and enrichment activities, free of charge. Since 2013, we have partnered with the Nashville After Zone Alliance to make our CASE program possible.
WHY MIDDLE SCHOOL?
Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. Robert Balfanz has recognized a special "middle school moment" during which it is crucial for intensive support to occur, otherwise, it becomes much harder to “turn kids around and put them back on track.” According to his study, In high-poverty schools, if a sixth grade child attends less than 80 percent of the time, receives an unsatisfactory behavior grade in a core course, or fails math or English, there is a 75 percent chance that they will later drop out of high school — absent effective intervention. What does that effective intervention look like? An adult "counterforce" - someone in the students’ lives who reminds them every day that they're excited to see them, that they can succeed at school, and the ways that schooling leads to a good future." CASE offers students healthy role models and caring adults who believe in their potential.
Our initial interest in beginning this program was to benefit the children in the Hopewell neighborhood (the neighborhood of G.O.D. Int'l headquarters). 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. In 2013, we began the program serving 12 kids at one site. Now, in our 5th year, we have expanded our program to 5 different sites, serving 80 students from DuPont Hadley Middle, Dupont Tyler Middle, and Donelson Middle. One of our new sites, ArtLab, is dedicated to creative and performance arts.
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. 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 woodworking, follow a recipe, 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. 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 in Photos
CASE on the BLOG
One of our goals for CASE is to ease stress and make sure kids go home with a smile. Proof we're winning.
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.
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401 Center St. Old Hickory, TN 37138, (615).722.7107