What goes well with our schools: Grundy Center

TRACY CITY, TN (WDEF) – For 60 years, the former Grundy County High School has educated students in and around Tracy City. It closed 25 years ago. Now, this beautiful old building is experiencing a remarkable second act.

Emily Partin is the program coordinator for the Catholic Charities Family Resource Center.

She says, “We are in 1936 or 37. It was built and opened in the community and served that community for about 60 years. It closed in 1997 when the county decided to build a bigger school. The school closed, remained vacant until last year. Over the past 10 years we have raised funds to reopen the building, but as you can imagine it needed quite a bit of renovation, and that involved quite a bit of money. The trip was long. But the vision was to be a one-stop family resource center.

Emily Ricks as the after-school program manager.

She explains, “We are creating a safe and welcoming environment for students across Grundy County, where they can choose to learn whatever interests them, and if they need tutoring or want to learn a deal. on an instrument. Our main philosophy is student agency and student choice in their learning process.

Senior graduate Adriel Ephram sees the benefits firsthand.

He says, “It’s so helpful. I take it, I’ve already taken the ACT twice, and I got a really bad grade, just because, for a while, I was just reading a textbook and not really learning much. I came here and in a few weeks it completely changed my performance. I increased my score by eight points.

Emily Partin concludes: “And it was a great success. We have two to three tutors who stay here three days a week for the children. And as you’ve seen, we have, you know, kids from all walks of life and all different ages. We met our original vision just in this single floor. These are large classrooms. We have divided them into offices. We have an American Job Center here. We have a fully functional mental health center, Volunteer Behavioral Health. Here we have the Catholic Charities office, a tutoring center for after-school programs, and the Grundy Safe Communities Coalition Anti-drug Prevention. It’s just on the first floor. We will finish renovating the second floor and hope that Chattanooga State will start doing college classes so our kids don’t have to leave the mountain to get basic community college requirements. So we’re very excited to take an old building and turn it into something new for the community. »

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