Haynes Middle Donation

Haynes Middle Receives $12,000+ From Neighborhood Partners
Posted on 12/07/2021
Haynes staff and supporters with large display check

Haynes Middle School has received more than $12,000 that will be used to create a literacy garden for students, thanks to the efforts of the Haynes-Trinity Neighborhood Coalition and local community partners. Coalition President Yolanda Hockett presented the check to school leaders and students during a special event Monday in the school’s Community/Alumni Room. photo of donors with large gift check

HTNC has committed to advocating for local priority schools in Nashville’s District 2 and the Whites Creek Cluster. Those schools include:
  • Cumberland Elementary
  • Alex Green Elementary
  • Haynes Middle School
  • Whites Creek High School

Metro Nashville Councilwoman Kyonzte Toombs, who represents District 2, was on hand for the event.

“District 2 is a wonderful place to live, and Haynes is a historic and important institution within the Haynes-Trinity neighborhood,” Toombs said. “We have great schools and teachers, but we need funds. So anytime we can come together as a community to support our neighborhood schools to ensure they have the resources they need is a plus for the community.”

Assistant Principal Jawan Davis accepted the gift on behalf of Executive Principal Roderick Webb.

“We can’t say thank you enough for how you have poured into this community; you make this thing go,” Davis said.

Hockett said the Haynes-Trinity Neighborhood Coalition wants to support local schools as much as possible and is planning additional events.

“HTNC recognizes that our schools not only need resources distributed through the city’s budget to MNPS, but they need support from its immediate community, too,” Hockett said. “In an effort to assist the Whites Creek Cluster priority schools, we will host multiple fundraisers that we are calling Taste of the District.”

Haynes Middle has decided to use the new resources to encourage literacy by building a reading garden outside the school. The garden should be completed in 2022.

“This is an awesome way to connect the community back to the school, getting back to the nucleus of the school to assist with planning and creating opportunities for children to be as successful as they can be. We recognize after the pandemic that environment is important, so, along with promoting literacy, we want to provide a safe, serene habitat for literacy exploration,” said Literacy Coach Dr. Candra Clariette.

Haynes 8th-grader and welcoming committee member Tristian Phillips is a third-generation student whose grandparents’ photos hang in the alumni room. Tristian had this to say about the event: “I’m just thankful and glad that we got this for the kids who aren’t as fluent in reading. They can get the help they need.”

HTNC members are grateful for the community members who contributed to the Haynes fundraiser call, including the following donors: E3 Construction Services, Jack Cawthon of Jack’s Bar-B-Que, Victory Fuels gas station, 4 Lane Auto Salvage, Abernathy Truck Salvage, Sam’s Pizza, Bordeaux North Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Realtor Tifinie Capehart, Senator Brenda Gilmore, Councilwoman Kyonzte Toombs, Zachary Jenkins, Kenyatta Tidwell, Trinity Hills, Haynes Manor Association, and the Haynes Middle School Alumni Association.

More fundraisers are expected in the future for other priority schools in the Haynes-Trinity district. Check the coalition's website for more information.

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