Nashville Rise Holds Back to School Event

Parents organize school uniform swap and supplies drive

On Thursday night, Nashville Rise hosted a back to school event to kickoff the school year. Participating families exchanged gently used uniforms and selected needed school supplies.

Held at First Baptist Church South Inglewood, Nashville Rise and its partners distributed uniforms and supplies to more than 30 families benefiting approximately 100 Metro Nashville students.

Nashville Rise parentsNashville Rise parents know that many parents want to engage in their children’s schools and the larger education conversation, but barriers like access to resources and tough economic situations can hold families back. Together, Nashville Rise parents continuously brainstorm new ways to breakdown these barriers and engage anyone who wants to be a part of the movement.

Holding this event was important to Nashville Rise parents. Parent Captain Quanita Adams first proposed the idea at the July Parent Captains Meeting. She spoke about the struggles that families face at the start of a new school year, especially if a parent changes schools and is given a new set of required school supplies. The costs can become cumbersome. The plan for this event was to be a resource for parents by not only collecting and distributing school supplies, but also by connecting with each other.

Nashville Rise parents firmly believe in the organization’s mission that they developed together earlier this year. “Tonight we connected with families,” said Angelica Cooks Lucas, Nashville Rise Captain. “The event reinforced our mission of informing, empowering and engaging parents.”

IMG_20160824_173145016The event was sponsored by Nashville Rise, First Baptist Church South Inglewood, Inglewood Elementary PTO, Comcast, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Major Family Chiropractic and McPhearson Cleaners.

The remaining school supplies and uniforms will be donated to families in Baton Rouge that have been affected by the recent floods.