Bible within the Faculties Presents $1.8M Group Reward to Hamilton County Faculties

Native nonprofit Bible within the Faculties introduced Hamilton County Faculties (HCS) with its annual group reward of virtually $1.8 million as reimbursement for the 2020-2021 countywide Bible Historical past elective program. Bible within the Faculties Board Chairman Tom Glenn and President Cathy Scott introduced Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson with the $1.8 million reward. Additionally current was Bible within the Faculties’ board member Mike Harrell.

Dr. Bryan Johnson acknowledged, “It’s an honor to as soon as once more settle for the reward of Bible Historical past on behalf of Hamilton County Faculties. This reward sponsors the schooling of hundreds of public college college students in our district. The countywide Bible Historical past elective program encourages college students in grades 6-12 to acknowledge the wealthy cultural connections between an historical textual content and our fashionable world. Hamilton County seeks to graduate college students who’re future-ready and ready for achievement in faculty and profession. By pondering critically and fascinating in traditionally wealthy conversations, HCS is getting ready college students to turn into world thinkers and accountable residents.”

Based in 1922, Bible within the Faculties supplies Bible Historical past elective programs for public college college students in Hamilton County. Getting into its one hundredth yr, Bible within the Faculties now reaches 29 public colleges and over 4,600 college students in grades 6-12. Demand for Bible Historical past continues to develop, as 2021 recorded the very best Bible Historical past enrollment numbers but. HCS knowledge reveals that, of the 19,006 college students within the county who had entry to Bible Historical past elective programs in 2020-2021, one in 4 college students accomplished a Bible course for commencement credit score.

Bible Historical past programs are funded solely by the beneficiant supporters of Bible within the Faculties. Board Chairman Tom Glenn acknowledged, “As we method our one hundredth college yr, it’s an honor to current this reward to our public colleges, because it represents the guts behind so many donors on this group. Such generosity makes the reward of Bible Historical past out there to so many younger lives.” Due to the generosity of the group, Bible within the Faculties offered the biggest group associate donation to Hamilton County Faculties given within the 2020-2021 tutorial yr.

President Cathy Scott acknowledged, “The Hamilton County public college Bible Historical past program has been a each day dispenser of hope on this group and displays the generosity of so many dedicated companions. Finding out Bible Historical past in our public colleges helps floor and awaken college students to the wealthy cultural footprint that the Bible has had on historical past whereas providing college students hope, values, and life classes related to the powerful points they wrestle with each day. We imagine {that a} data of the Bible is a key element to a well-rounded schooling that encourages college students to not simply be passive observers of society, however lively contributors in a world world. Thanks to all who’ve donated generously to complement Hamilton County Faculties with a textual content that crosses all cultural, socioeconomic, and racial boundaries whereas nonetheless touching lives every day.” 

Bible Historical past lessons comply with tips established by a 1980 federal court docket ruling which affirmed that the instructing of for-credit Bible Historical past elective lessons in Hamilton County’s public center and excessive colleges is constitutionally permissible. The Bible Historical past curricular framework is court-approved and aligns with the Tennessee Division of Training’s state tutorial requirements. The Hamilton County-based program additionally leads the nation with the biggest focus of public college college students in anybody college district learning the Bible. This system is getting into its one hundredth yr.

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