MHA Learning Center
The Learning Center is an after school training program for housing authority resident youth. The concept of the center is to offer after school educational activities and homework help. In the past, the Tennessee Department of Education approved a Gateway Grant to assist in establishing and continuing the Learning Center. Funds provided by this grant paid the teacher's salary. The Authority provides the unit and utilities for the program. Civic clubs and local organizations provide donations of supplies, materials, cash and other operating essentials. This is a serious educational environment, not a day care function.
We offer a wide variety of programs and opportunities to resident youth, the Authority tries to create a foundation of basic knowledge and education for each child. We believe that the early attainment of basic competence is the greatest benefit we can provide to students in preparing them for a future of educational success.
The Learning Center is a converted four-bedroom residence unit located immediately beside the Authority's management offices. Programs are offered five days a week, Monday through Friday. Program hours are from 3:00 P.M. when school is dimissed until 7:00 P.M. Students have the use of a computer room; a reading room with numerous books on all reading levels; a game room with educational games and activities and a television/VCR room which is used to view educational programming and films. The kitchen often becomes the cetner of activity with cooking classes geared to the student's level. The living room serves as the teacher's office, and is an additional area where homework assistance is available.
It is currently staffed by two Boys/Girls Club employees, Rachel Mcbee and Katie Dunn. Sandy Dissenger has recently come on board as an Americorp Vista Volunteers and will be working with the youth in various capacities. However, we are always needing some extra volunteers who love working with children and are committed and dedicated to being their positive role models and mentors. To find out how to get involved, please contact Max Williams.