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SACC receives $150K grant

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Officials with Lebanon Special School District’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program are pleased to announce it has been awarded the Tennessee LEAPS (Lottery for Education After School Programs) Grant.

SACC is a tuition-based, non-profit program that operates at each of the six schools within the LSSD. It has been in operation since 1991 and currently has availability at most of its sites. If you would like to have your child receive any of the services this grant will provide after school, call the SACC office at 615-449-7422 for information. In addition, SACC operates on most school holidays, stockpile days, breaks, etc.

The grant, for SACC students K-5th grade in Byars Dowdy Elementary, Castle Heights Elementary, Coles Ferry Elementary and Sam Houston Elementary, provides $150,000 per year for the next three years. This money will allow the SACC program to provide Certified Teacher tutoring (targeting skill specific areas of academic concerns that the student is struggling in), family nights, community involvement opportunities, technology to enrich skills desperately needed in the economy and various camps. The camps afford students the opportunity to learn while having fun. Mini-camp instructors are professionals in the field of interest that correlates with the mini-camp theme covered.

Through December, the LSSD SACC program has the following camps scheduled:

  • September-October – Soccer Mini Camp
  • October-November – Make & Take Science Mini Camp
  • November – Art for Animals
  • December – Christmas for All

The students will be so busy having fun they simply are unaware that the activity, instructor, and/or mentor, used all share a common goal; which is to advance the students in core subjects and increase physical activities.

Partnerships for the grant include:

New Leash on Life (Amy Haverstick, director of operations) – Art for Animals     / Goals & Objectives: Increase Reading Proficiency Scores

Wilson Bank & Trust (Scott Jasper, senior vice president) – Math Madness / Goals &     Objectives: Increase Math Proficiency Scores

Jimmy Floyd Center (Cindy Baker, aquatics director) – Swimming Camp /     Goals & Objectives: Increase Physical Activities

Wilson County Library (Alesia Burnley, director of Wilson County Systems) – Book Buddies / Goals & Objectives: Increase Reading Proficiency Scores

Wilson County Senior Citizens Center (Theresa Botts, center coordinator) – Book Buddies / Goals & Objectives: Increase Reading Proficiency Scores

Knowledge of the Game (Brian Gaines, owner) – All Physical Camp Coordinator (Soccer & Byars Dowdy Roar Run)

Lebanon Fire Department (Kerry Lawson) – Christmas For All / Goals & Objectives: Encourage empathy, community service and to increase students math proficiency and physical activities

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) which include: Kristy Stevens, Tabatha Siddiqi, Jennifer Duke, Denise Lewis, LeAnn Blevins, Shannon Hodge, and Phillip Dowdy / Goals & Objectives: Increase Parent Involvement.

SACC Program Director Connie Gray said, "Our dreams are big, but our ability and passion to accomplish these plans far exceed the requirements of the grant. The Lebanon Special School District School Age Child Care Program appreciates the assistance received through the LEAPS Grant, our community partners and our school district partners. As one we stand alone but together, we are unstoppable."

For more information, contact Gray or Sue Watson, media specialist, at 615-4499-7422 or visit the SACC website at


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