Mr. Chris Letsos, Executive Director
912 S. Gay Street, L210
Knoxville, TN 37902
Community Schools Strategy – $100,000
Great Schools Partnership’s Community Schools strategy serves 16 public schools located in some of Knox County’s most challenged neighborhoods in which approximately 90 percent of students are considered “economically disadvantaged.” Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute found that healthy behavior, physical environment, access to health care, economic factors such as education, employment and income, along with family and social support, and community safety are the factors that most significantly impact health outcomes. As reflected in data presented above, the students and families served by Community Schools are more likely to face health challenges and are at higher risk of low health care access and poor health outcomes.
Knox County Community Schools Tutoring Intervention – $67,500
The Knox County Community Schools Tutoring Intervention aims to maximize student learning and academic outcomes at low performing schools. The initiative will provide direct tutoring services to at risk youth. The tutoring intervention is part of the broader Community Schools Initiative led by the Great Schools Partnership, which aims to use public schools as hubs for coordinating community resources to remove barriers to student learning and community success.
“A child who doesn’t have access to food at home, who may not have access to food even in their community, may be showing up to school without the proper nourishment to be able to learn.”