Ways to Get Involved - Be a Caring, Consistent Adult in a Child's Life

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Children need caring, consistent adults in their lives.
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This week on WCTE's Get Ready To Learn radio show, RTL Learning Tools Facilitator Cindy Putman and Lee Wray, American Graduate project manager share stories about the past months of their cradle to career initiatives.

Wray explains how Football Fridays at high schools across the Upper Cumberland gave him a chance to learn about the power that students gain when their community supports their schools and them.

At these events, students shared with Wray that when they have a caring, consistent person in their lives they feel like they can endure and handle any bump in the road.

Kids need that caring person in their lives and many times it is a teacher, librarian, Sunday school teacher, school principal, coach or theatre director who makes an impact on a child.

One such person that putman and Wray encounter during this work was Dr. Tara Palk, the principal of Northeast Elementary. Dr. Palk has worked to foster her relationships with her students and their families by riding all the school buses that leave her school. Palk said she did this because she wanted to understand where her students come from and return home to. This is only one of the stories that Putman and Wray learned about while doing this work for WCTE. 

Many groups across the Upper Cumberland are working with kids and their families to make sure that all kids have a caring consistent adult in their lives. If you have time to volunteer, Highlands Residential Services, an RTL partner, has a summer feeding site that is staffed by volunteers until school starts back and they are always looking for donations, volunteers, someone to come and read with kids. 

Another great way to get involved is with the Putnam County Library's summer reading program. Encourage the kids in your life to read and help foster a love of reading that they can carry with them throughout their school age years and into adulthood. 

We encourage you to look for opportunities to make a difference in a child's life. The economic impact it will have will be a benefit to our entire community. 


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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WCTE’s Educational Team can customize workshops or professional development trainings for your group or organization. For workshop information, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop, call 921-528-2222 x. 227 or email us.

Topics are listed below:

  • Using Media as a learning tool
  • Using PBS kids apps to extend learning
  • How to be your child’s first teacher
  • Sesame Street Workshops
  • How does poverty effect a child’s brain
  • Literacy and Math
  • Brain Development

Workshops can be conducted in English and Spanish.