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.
Our initial 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. 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.
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 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 2013, we have partnered with the Nashville After Zone Alliance to make our CASE program possible. 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 on the BLOG
There’s not a more long-term, complicated, messy endeavor than working with human beings. Kelly Jobe reflects on the fruit of working with kids in light of 1 Corinthians 3:7-9.
Kelly Jobe reflects on the first semester of CASE at Dupont Tyler and the opportunity to invest in middle schoolers 'before the concrete sets' on their lives.
An honest look at our CASE program and what it takes to work at it every day, and the role of faith in doing so.
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.
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