The Friends of the Cumberland Trail State Park are sponsoring four teachers, one each from Morgan, Cumberland, Rhea, and Hamilton counties, to attend an all-day Outdoor Classroom Symposium on May 8, 2009 at Montgomery Bell State Park. The teachers selected by their respective school systems are: Kim Carroll from Central Middle School in Morgan County, Velma Hawn from Glenn L. Martin Elementary School in Cumberland County, Lene’ McCoy from Rhea Central Elementary School in Rhea County, and Anthony Goad from Tyner Middle Academy in Hamilton County. The Symposium is hosted by the Tennessee Environmental Education Association, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Department of Education. These four counties were picked because large portions of the Trail go through them. Interest in this type of partnership between the Friends and schools of the Plateau may warrant additional workshops and joint projects in the future which can be closer to the Plateau area.
The Friends of the Cumberland Trail are involved in the Tennessee Coalition of “No Child Left Inside”, which is an effort to get kids outside for education as well as health reasons. Anyone (or schools) interested in this type of educational partnership should contact Del Truitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 354-3702.