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The United Ways of Tennessee and the Tennessee Afterschool Network have awarded three Afterschool Champion Awards to Tennessee state legislators, one of which went to state …
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The United Ways of Tennessee and the Tennessee Afterschool Network have awarded three Afterschool Champion Awards to Tennessee state legislators, one of which went to state Rep. Dan Howell (R-Georgetown) who represents the 22nd Legislative District.
Additional awards went to state Sen. Jim Tracy and state Rep. Brenda Gilmore.
“We are pleased to be honoring Sen. Jim Tracy and state Reps. Brenda Gilmore and Dan Howell,” said Matt Ryerson, board chairman of United Ways of Tennessee and president and CEO of United Way of Bradley County Inc. “These legislators advocated to Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Bob Corker in Washington D.C. about the importance of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to Tennessee.”
He added, “They are true champions for afterschool who recognize the value of high quality afterschool programming to our state.”
United Way of Bradley County leads one of the eight regional hubs for the Tennessee Afterschool Network.
“Locally, we have some of the best legislators, between state Reps. Kevin Brooks and Dan Howell, and Sens. Todd Gardenhire and Mike Bell,” Ryerson said. “They are literally the most accessible legislators I’ve ever met. In our short visit to the Hill, every single one of them made time for us out of their busy day.”
The Tennessee Afterschool Network was formed in 2014 to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to advocate for and support afterschool programs. Groups gathered recently for its annual Day on the Hill, held in partnership with United Ways of Tennessee and the League of Women Voters.
“Our members are educating the Legislature about the Tennessee Afterschool Network, which supports children, youth, families and communities by advocating and building capacity for safe, healthy and nurturing afterschool experiences,” said Mary Graham, president of United Ways of Tennessee, which serves as the fiscal agent for the network.
She added, “Afterschool programs are essential to keep kids safe, engage them in enriching activities and give peace of mind to working moms and dads.”
The Tennessee Afterschool Network is made possible through funding by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, United Ways of Tennessee, United Way of Bradley County, United Way of Greater Chattanooga, United Way of Greater Kingsport, United Way of Greater Knoxville, United Way of the Mid-South, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, United Way of West Tennessee and United Way of Williamson County.
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