At the core of the old adage “It takes a village to raise a child” is the idea that parents alone cannot possibly provide all of the resources necessary to ensure the healthy development of a child. Read how CASE is trying to help.
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.
Benjamin Reese, one of our after school program site coordinators, writes on the challenges and possibilities involved in after school programming--something he himself never received, but now believes deeply in. Our C.A.S.E. personnel, like Reese, are individuals committed to ensuring that kids are learning.
In the US, over 30% of middle schoolers are without adult supervision after school. In Tennessee, only 31% of students reach proficiency in reading upon graduation. Our response to these startling statistics and the need evident within our own neighborhood was to launch CASE, an after school program, this fall. Learn more about CASE in the this article and photo story, written and photographed by Kelly Jobe.