Smyrna West Alternative Media Specialist Is Awarded State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant:
Tennessee: State Farm teams up with Youth Service America to provide grants for programs enhancing student achievement through service-learning in K-12 public schools. We are excited to report that Kelly Messerly, SWA’s media specialist, was recently awarded a $1500 grant to enhance the literacy skills of Smyrna West students and local elementary students. Grant funds will be used to enhance and improve their current tutoring/mentoring program. Students in Mrs. Messerly’s classes will have the opportunity to improve their own reading skills (because there is no better way to learn than to teach!) as they tutor younger students each week. By preparing lessons and activities to engage primary students in reading activities, they themselves will learn leadership skills, improve their own literacy skills, and gain a sense of connectedness to our community.