We Need Your Help...
Participate in WCTE’s Day of Giving on August 21st. Participate online by CLICKING HERE or by texting GIVE2WCTE to 44-321 on August 21st! You can also support by becoming a corporate sponsor or by matching employee donations. There are a myriad of ways to contribute to this worthy cause. Your help will go towards providing permanent funding to ensure that all people have access to quality educational tools and programming, hands-on learning experiences, and community and engagement initiatives. Let’s work together to ensure the future of the region's at-risk children and the economic health of our beloved Upper Cumberland.
The Need: Educating At-Risk Children
Rural Upper Cumberland communities face a large number of at-risk children affected by poverty than more urban communities in Tennessee, resulting in a higher number of high school dropouts, incarcerations, opioid addictions, homelessness and generational poverty. Many children in the Upper Cumberland are isolated, have limited resources, and lack education.
Over time, generational poverty creates disheartening challenges. It limits the quality of the workforce, decreases job diversity, lowers income levels, and increases the number of children living in poverty.
Currently, 18.9% of adults in the Upper Cumberland don’t have a high school diploma and 14.7% are living in poverty. In Putnam County alone, 40% of students start school below the skill level needed for kindergarten readiness and 58% of them are economically disadvantaged.