Learning Doesn’t End When Summer Fun Begins!

Thanks to a donation from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Coalition For Kids is promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (STEM) even during the summertime. Recently, TVA awarded a $2,000 grant to Coalition For Kids to help support STEM education. The funds were used to purchase 19 “walking classroom” sets that allow students to walk around while listening to headsets (similar to self-guided tours at museums.) “We really appreciate TVA and their support of STEM education,” said Coalition For Kids Executive Director Randy Hensley. “TVA’s donation actually helps us prevent summer learning loss. The STEM headsets allow our summer campers to keep on learning while staying active in the summer.” “It’s better than sitting in a classroom,” said Shyanne Adams, a fourth grader at Mountain View Elementary School. Shyanne, and her friends, Brevynn Miller and Cipriano Garcia, learn facts about American History while walking around the gym at a brisk pace. Students also use the headsets outdoors where they have the opportunity to learn about a variety of subjects while enjoying some outside time and exercise.   For more information on Coalition For Kids or our Walking Classrooms, contact Coalition For Kids at...

2017 Pepsi Golf Classic

Mark your calendars for the 15th annual Coalition for Kids Golf Classic, sponsored by Pepsi Bottling Group. The event will take place Tuesday, July 25, 2016 at Warriors Path Golf Course.  Sign your team up today and help C4K Kids by Playing Golf! For more details, contact Ramona Tevis at 423-434-2031, ext 803. Download the Registration Form...

Seeing it another way

  Kids learn in different ways, and sometimes “out-of-the-box” thinking helps motivate them in a way they can grasp. David, a fourth grader, was reading the same book over and over every day. He admitted to being embarrassed…that other books, including chapter books, were too just long for him to finish. Jordan and Asia, two very creative Site Directors, decided to implement a few things to help all the third and fourth graders feel more confident with their assigned reading. Each child was instructed to: 1. Set daily, believable goals they genuinely felt they could reach. 2. Daily track their own progress. 3. Mark books off their list as they are completed. As David follows through on his personal goals and moves on to his next book, you can see the confidence building in his eyes as his reading continues to improve. The kids look forward to celebrating both their individual and group reading accomplishments at the end of each semester! When children set goals that are attainable and believable, they begin to realize that what they thought was impossible really isn’t… it’s all in how they look at it…just ask...

Inspiring Through Art

While art doesn’t get as much attention as math, literature, and science, there are certainly many benefits of incorporating the arts into a child’s education and life. Offering a positive alternative for kids to focus on reduces their chances of getting involved with violence, drugs, and alcohol. Victoria, the Director of the C4K evening program, saw the need, received a grant, and has begun a painting course for our Coalition kids to dive into! “I am so excited to give our Coalition middle-schoolers an activity they can really jump into with both feet! They have always enjoyed doing craft projects, but the canvas painting is more advanced, so it will really challenge and inspire them.”~ Victoria, KIA Director “Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers.”, Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University. * *(To read more about art in education, click...