L to R: CISTN CEO Hank Clay, NATD’s Zach Farnum, DuPont Tyler Principal Dr. Bianca Jefferson, CISTN’s Brittany Grega, NATD President Steve Tolman and NATD’s Randi Perkins.
The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) partnered with Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CISTN) to equip DuPont Tyler Middle School with the ability to provide clean clothes for its students by donating a new washer and dryer. Children in metro Nashville schools often miss school due to lack of clean clothes, therefore NATD hopes to help increase classroom attendance with this donation.
“Thanks to the generous donation of NATD, the students whom Communities In Schools of Tennessee serves at DuPont Tyler Middle Prep will be proud to have clean clothes every day. We know that students are much more likely to miss school when they do not have enough clean clothes, and many families do not have the resources to own a washer and dryer. Because of NATD, the site coordinator will be able to provide this basic service to our students and families, which will help them attend school every day and focus on learning,” said CISTN CEO Hank Clay.
“NATD is proud to be able to present a washer/dryer to the Dupont Tyler Middle School to assist students in need. When it was brought to our attention that some children don’t come to school because they don’t have clean clothes to wear, we knew we wanted to act. We will also be monitoring this issue closely, as it seems there are some deep needs for us all to be aware of and a responsibility to step up and help the community,” said Steve Tolman, President, NATD.
About NATD The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) was founded in 1958 and professionally represents, directs, and promotes the entertainment industry through its members. Today those members generate over $300 million dollars annually for Nashville-based artists. The organization not only serves as a forum for idea exchange among its members, it also serves as a vehicle for other facets of the industry to share information vital to the overall growth of the Nashville music and entertainment industry. NATD members foster camaraderie among “friendly competitors” which seems to be unique to the close-knit Nashville music and entertainment community. As part of its philanthropic program NATD provides scholarship funds for students showing exemplary performances in academics, civic duties, and personal goals. For more information, please visit www.n-a-t-d.com.
About CISTN As a part of the national Communities In Schools network, Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CISTN) works to reduce Tennessee’s chronic absenteeism rate by surrounding at-risk students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Our program provides daily school-based interventions and connects students and their families to existing community resources so students make it to school every day and stay on track to graduation. For more information, visit http://www.cistn.org/.https://www.countryschatter.com/2018/04/nashville-association-of-talent-directors-donates-new-washer-and-dryer-to-dupont-tyler-middle-school/NewsPress ReleaseBrittany Grega,Dr. Bianca Jefferson,DuPont Tyler Middle School,Hank Clay,National Association of Talent Directors,Randi Perkins,Steve tolman,Zach Farnum