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Community School Success at Pond Gap

Pond Gap Elem Principal Shelly McGillThe University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) program is designed to address the unmet social, academic, and economic needs of the students and community of Knoxville.  Based upon the belief that children cannot learn or apply themselves fully to their studies if they are abused, need medical attention, or need counseling for emotional problems, the UACS is aimed primarily at these community needs.   Bob Kronick, a professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University of Tennessee helps pull together grants and community partners to make the program work.  Pond Gap Elementary School is one of the community schools  in this program. Principal Shelly McGill feels the program gives the her staff “an opportunity to educate the whole child and the whole family.”  Learn more about the UACS and read the latest Knoxville News Sentinel article about this great program.