• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 4/10/2013
  • Club Name: Elizabethton
  • Project Name: Carter County Adult Education GED Tuition Program
  • Project Total Expenditures: $2,970.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $1,485.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: Elizabethton Rotary Club is preparing to assist the Carter County Adult Education program students prepare to take their general education diploma (GED) exam. Students will come primarily from Carter County, but will also include other students from surrounding counties in upper East Tennessee. A special sub group of students will be from the Red Legacy Recovery Program. These are women who are recovering from drug and alcohol dependancy. Some of whom are incarcerated, others who have been released and seeking employment as well as further education. Our club hopes to improve the employability and self esteem of the project participants. This will in turn make our surrounding area a better place to live by improving our overall economy.
  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 7/1/2013
  • Expected End Date: 5/10/2014
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: Our Elizabethton Rotary Club is excited about aiding our fellow Carter Countians in obtaining their general education diploma (GED). For many different reasons, numerous individuals fail to graduate from high school. This often leaves them unemployed, under employed or working at minimum wage jobs. Many of these men and women are single parents with the added responsibility of caring not only for themselves, but very often children. Our project will be two part in nature. First for those qualifying we will provide the $55 tuition fee needed to take the GED exam. A sub group of applicants will also come from the Red Legacy Recovery Program. This privately funded group helps prepare recovering drug and alcohol dependant females both in and out of penal institutions for GED's as well as job interviews and re-entering society. Successful completion of the GED program leads to increased job opportunities and increased wages. Our club feels increased job opportunities, increased wages and becoming a better provider for one's family are all tangible assets of our tuition program. Our Rotary Club feels we are enabling individuals to achieve a better sense of self worth and accomplishment from our tuition program.
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): The second portion of our project is generating quite a bit of excitement in our club. The hands-on portion of our project will consist of our Rotary Club members, spouses, some Sunday school classes, and retired teachers who have pledged over 100 man hours of tutoring currently enrolled students preparing for their GED exam. Adult education students are divided into two groups. The first being fast track students, needing only to brush up on their English and math skills. Rotary members and other volunteers will be more involved with the second group of students needing basic help with the following subjects, English, math, social studies, science and reading. Mr. Steve Souder, the primary instructor for the Adult Education Program, will arrange the tutoring sessions for students needing personal attention in various subjects and our Rotary volunteers comfortable in tutoring that particular subject. Sessions will be 2 hours in length and arranged to be mutually convenient for the student and tutor alike.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Publicity for our project should be fairly easy to obtain. One of our past Rotary presidents is the publisher at the Elizabethton Star. We also have close contacts with the Johnson City Press. We plan on using news articles as well as our local radio stations, WBEJ and WJHL in Johnson City, WCYB in Bristol and our local TV stations to conduct interviews and inform the public of our plan and progress. We will also keep the district informed through our Rotary website.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Our two collaborating partners in our tuition project will be the Carter County Adult Education Department and the Red Legacy Recovery Program. They will furnish the students as well as help us determine those in need of tuition assistance.
  • Letter(s) of Participation: red legacypg1.jpg, red legacypg2.jpg, Cater Co Adult Ed..Sonya Miller.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadTotal cost our of project is projected to be $2,970.00 for fifty-four tuitions at fifty-five dollars each for the GED test. We project to use between four and five of these tuition scholarships monthly. The Carter County Adult Education Director has invited our club to provide one or two members to aid in the screening of perspective tuition scholarship recipients
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadWe are applying for $1,485.00 through the Rotary District Grant Program. The remainder of $1,485.00 will be provided by the Elizabethton Rotary Club. Our expenditures will be tracked by our club treasurer with the expectation of using $275.00 a month until funds are depleted for the scholarship program. We don't anticipate any expenditures in the volunteer tutoring program that will be the second part of our project.
  • Primary Contact Name: David Mills
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Rotary Foundation Chair
  • Primary Contact Email: dhmills@embarqmail.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 423-542-2512
  • Financial Contact Name: Robert Reedy
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Elizabethton Rotary Club Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    613 E. Elk Ave.
    Elizabethton, TN 37643
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  • Financial Contact Email: robertreedy@reedyandsykes.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 423-543-4781
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterScan04102013_143347.jpg
  • Grant Number: 1314-08
  • Grant Award: $1,485.00