• Aug 22
    August 22, 2007

    Monday night we held our first volunteer training session for the new school year.  It was an great time to meet the new teachers.  Cristi, our Reach & Teach Director, started in the middle of the year last year so this is her first chance to set the standard from the beginning.  What a difference she is making.  During the session we talked about the effects of poverty and acceptable social skills.  We are...read article >>

  • Jul 17
    July 17, 2007

    Well the summer has been hit and miss with the tutorng part of Reach & Teach.  We have been to 2 VBS's and we do not meet in the evenings when we have VBS.  The kids are now in a program called Freedom Schools.  Freedom Schools is part of the "No Child Left Behind" initiative and is a summer reading program and an emphasis is put on African American History. 
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  • Jul 12
    July 12, 2007

    We are priveleged to have 3 young ladies from Canada down for 2 weeks volunteering with the kids and the moms.   They have been a great blessing.

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  • Jun 19
    June 19, 2007

    We would like to welcome Bill Wright as our new Chairman of the Board.  Bill will be an incredible asset to the Board.  He is the Vice President of IT Strategies for the Hospital Corporation of America.  We look forward to him taking us to the next level.

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  • Jun 19
    June 19, 2007

    Life has been crazy since school let out.  We had our golf scramble which was great.  Bobby White got a hole in one on #16 at The Vanderbilt Legend's Club and won a trip for two to Scotland for 10 days.  We have been at two different VBS programs in the last two weeks and have taken over 50 children.  Next week our schedule will return to a normal routine so we hopefully will be able to start doing regular updates...read article >>

  • Apr 25
    April 25, 2007

    Cristi Berning has agreed to be the Director of the Reach & Teach Children's Program.  We had talked with her about being the director through the VISTA program and she said "no.  I want to trust God for provision and not the government."  Cristi will work into the kids programs and take a lot of that responsibility off of Meredith and I.  WELCOME ABOARD CRISTI

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  • Apr 23
    April 23, 2007

    Last week was a good...no...a great week.  We had over 80 kids during the tutoring sessions and 8 girls showed up for Purity Plus on Tuesday afternoon.  The kids are starting to get anxious for the end of school and they all seemed to have a little extra energy, man, if I had energy like that...no telling what all I could get done.  The Wednesday night 180 group is gowing together in amazing ways.  The moms are...read article >>

  • Apr 16
    April 16, 2007

    Last night Meredith and I were part of one of the coolest things I have seen.  The "ONE" unity event was a coming together of three churches that have historically been seperated.  The Church of Christ and the Independant Christian Church divided about 100 years ago.  Last night, Franklin Christian Church, Harpeth Community Church and Fourth Avenue Church of Christ came together to worship.  This was a kickoff...read article >>

  • Apr 15
    April 15, 2007

    Well we had a pretty good week.  Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays tutoring sessions had nearly 80 kids and we had to cancel Tuesday's Purity Plus group because Meredith was in court with one of our moms.  Speaking of that, Congratulations to Michelle for making the hard choices and taking the steps necessary to get custody of Dillon.  She is doing a great job and we are all very proud of her.  The 180 program on...read article >>

  • Mar 28
    March 28, 2007

    I feel like we are getting a theme here on the web page.  This is the third or fourth post where we thank the Predators for supporting AtG.  We received notice this week that we are one of the organizations that has been approved to receive a grant from the Nashville Predators Foundation.  They are giving AtG funds to perform background checks on volunteers with the mentoring programs and they are providing funds for us to take...read article >>

  • Mar 02
    March 02, 2007

    The Nashville Predators Foundation has on two seperate occassions donated tickets for Against the Grain to take some kids to a hockey game.  The first game we were given 10 tickets and the second game 25.  I have to tell you this story though.  The first game we went to ended in a 4 to 4 tie.  The announcer came over the PA system to describe how overtime would work "The game has ended regulation in a tie and we will...read article >>

  • Mar 01
    March 01, 2007

    Both Williamson County and Franklin Special School Districts will be closing today due to the potential of tornadic activity in Franklin.  Reach & Teach is cancelled when either school system is closed due to weather.  We will continue regular tutoring schedule next week.

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  • Feb 15
    February 15, 2007

    Against the Grain's Reach & Teach schedule is matched to the school systems.  When either Williamson County Schools or Franklin Special Schools are closed due to weather...Reach & Teach is cancelled.

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  • Jan 16
    January 16, 2007

    We had a great time off for Christmas and are finally getting back into a routine.  We held both tutoring programs last week and after a 3 week break from tutoring had 75 kids between the two nights.  We had a volunteer training session on Saturday, January 6th and had 43 people show up. 
    There were some incredible doors opened up in 2006 and 2007 looks to be even greater.  One quick story, The Nashville Predators...read article >>

  • Jan 01
    January 01, 2007

    As of Midnight on December 31st we have recieved pledges and gifts of $87,700 that will be matched by the New Day Focus Foundation.  We plan on closing the books a week from today to allow for gifts that are postmarked 2006 to be added to the matching grant.  Thanks to all that were involved in helping with this grant.  We look forward to using these funds in 2007 to transform lives and provide an option for hope.

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