Middle school is a universally awkward and potentially traumatic time of life as one transitions from child to teenager. Adolescents are bombarded with a myriad of issues ranging from peer pressure to bullying to depression. Their world can often be a hostile one. Our response at CASE is to provide a safe environment where students can learn and develop friendships. Cultivating a place where students can be free of anxiety and social pressure is the goal.
The following series of photos shows a small sampling of what we did at CASE this year: a live debate, small business creation, acting and filming original movies, gardening. Through it all - our students had a blast! More than the activities themselves though, we hope that you can see what’s happening beneath the surface - the growing confidence, the developing friendships, and the excitement of learning something new.
The C.A.S.E. program at Dupont Hadley Middle Prep is a program of the Nashville After Zone Alliance. The Nashville After Zone Alliance is a network of coordinated after school programming for Metro’s middle-school students. NAZA is a partnership among the Nashville Public Library, MNPS, and other existing youth-serving groups. It is modeled on successful efforts in other cities and is organized around geographically-defined zones.