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Tremont Institute receives grant supporting residential programs for Knoxville students


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Tremont area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park; image by Jeaneane Payne

TOWNSEND, TN. - Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (Tremont Institute) received a $4,000 grant from the Gannett Foundation to support residential programs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for Knoxville students.

“I love seeing our community come together to support students in this way,” says Catey Terry, President and CEO. “The grant from Gannett Foundation is a wonderful example of how partnerships can work for our communities. Here at Tremont, we know engaging youth in exciting, hands-on learning is beneficial in so many different ways, and we appreciate the funding to make these experiences increasingly accessible.”

During programs at Tremont Institute, students explore and investigate the wonders of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, take classes tied to academic standards, practice environmental stewardship, and develop social and personal leadership skills.

Although Knox County is on the doorstep of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, many of the county’s youth do not have the means to experience America’s most popular national park. When they are able to immerse in the park, Knoxville students regularly express wonder at the beauty and joy they’ve discovered so close to home.

Funds will support residential experiences which work alongside Tremont Institute’s professional development programs at Knoxville schools. Educators participating in professional development programs are empowered to understand, design, and implement further experiential education experiences in their schoolyards. Residential experiences and schoolyard learning ensure pathways of experiential learning which can lead to sustained academic and social impact.

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont provides in-depth experiences through educational programs that celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, foster stewardship, and nurture appreciation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. More information is available at www.gsmit.org.

Published March 15, 2019



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