Change Starts Here: Through Collaboration, Compassion, and Community

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Name: Change Starts Here: Through Collaboration, Compassion, and Community
Date: November 15, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
In Cocke County, around 53% of incoming kindergarten students were considered Kindergarten Ready this school year. Around 30% of the third-grade students in 2021-22 were reading at or above grade level. Tennessee determines successful entry into postsecondary education or the workforce by a measurement called Ready Graduate. This measurement is fairly new and began with 2017's graduating class. In 2021, just over 26% of Cocke County's graduates met this benchmark compared to 40% statewide. Food insecurity among children under 18 was in decline at 25% until the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the most recent data (2020) for Cocke County estimates that 2 out of 6 children are food insecure.   

But why do these numbers matter for businesses, parents and community members? The early education milestones predict better grades and a lower drop out risk for high school. Higher dropout rates are associated with an increased risk of poverty, low self-esteem, depression, unemployment, and involvement in criminal activity. Children that are hungry cannot learn. Success for our children is success for ALL of us.

Cocke County is moving these numbers in the right direction, but big change can happen when we all work together- educators, business leaders, politicians, and parents. What can YOU do to improve kindergarten readiness, third grade reading scores, ready graduates, or food security?  

Join us at our Town Hall meeting- Change Starts Here: Through Collaboration, Compassion and Community. C-5 is working with members of the community, so all children have an equal opportunity to a healthy and strong foundation in life. Learn more about our work in Cocke County and where we'd like to go from here with your help. Lend us your voice- see how you can join us on this journey and make change start here!  
Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center
1120 Carson Springs Rd
Newport, TN 37821

Adults will meet upstairs for dinner and the program.
Children's activities and a children's meal will be available on the ground floor. 
Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Dinner will begin at 6PM
Program will start at 6:30PM
Contact Information:
Contact Jennifer Ellison at 423-608-2845 with any questions.
There is no cost for adults or children but registration is required as seating is limited. Please note any children that will attend in the notes section of the parent's registration. 
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