Tennova Healthcare announced on Tuesday, Aug. 25 they have linked arms as a partner with Christenberry Elementary Community School. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County School’s Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre joined Jerry Askew and Becky Dodson of Tennova at the school to show support for the Community Schools Initiative and meet students, staff, families, and other community partners.
“We’re all in this together,” said Jerry Askew, the hospital’s vice president of external relations. “Tennova, formerly Mercy, formerly St. Mary’s, has been part of this community for over 85 years and we plan to be part of this community for a long time.”
The lively event showcased the public and private partnerships that come together to make Community Schools successful.
“We wouldn’t be able to do anything like this without our community,” said Great Schools Partnership Vice President of Operations Stephanie Welch. It is the involvement of local organizations, local faith-based partners, local residents, and local government that get schools excited, especially the students. It’s about more than money. It’s about getting every child to a place where they feel valued and part of something big. Community Schools expand a child’s day at school to do just that.
We want to thank Tennova for their generous donation, and for continuing to support the Christenberry community.