In 2021, Battle Academy launched three exciting new learning spaces, together comprising its Innovation Labs. The spaces include the culinary-themed Life Skills Lab, the Digital Fabrication Lab, and the Rooftop Pollinator & Vegetable Garden.
Partners: Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Public Education Foundation, Schillhahn-Huskey Foundation
Hundreds of community volunteers came together for a district wide day of service to get schools First Day Ready! The HCS Foundation provided supplies, tools, and materials to make it happen.
Partner: Elder's Ace Hardware
The Brown Academy Center of Innovation is the first elementary-level eLab in Hamilton County Schools. This innovative space empowers teachers and students to engage in hands-on problem-based learning.
Partners: Hamico Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Public Education Foundation, Shaw Industries, Unum
Teaching can be a high-stress profession. Through the HCS Social Emotional Learning department, the HCS Foundation supported the establishment of quiet, relaxing spaces in schools where teachers can recharge.
Partner: Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga
In November 2021, the HCS Foundation coordinated a field trip to the UTC Men's Basketball game to celebrate achievement in literacy. Thousands of students in grades 3-5 attended.
Partners: Coca Cola, First Student, SSC
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the HCS Foundation provided yard signs to all 6,000+ HCS employees that let everyone know, an "HCS Hero lives here." We are incredibly grateful for the sacrifices of our teachers and staff during this challenging time.
Partners: Coca Cola, ABM, First Student, ESS, SMS Facilities
The HCS Teacher Supply Hub provides school, office, and classroom supplies to teachers free of charge. This program helps save teachers hundreds of dollars per year in out of pocket expenses.
Partners: BCBST, First Horizon, Staples, Unum, Walmart
Dynamo Studios uses the music and creative industries to help Howard Connect students reach self actualization and advance their economic position because all programs are built around a workforce development model.
HCS Care Closets provide free clothes, uniforms, hygiene products, and snacks to students in need. This vital program helps to keep kids in school, even when faced with challenging circumstances.
Partners: Lillian L. Colby Foundation, Area Churches and Support Organizations
The HCS Mobile Learning Labs provide a community outreach service offering a variety of academic support and enrichment to currently enrolled K-5 students in the areas of math, science, literacy and the arts.
Partners: Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga and Regions Bank
Northside Neighborhood House serves community schools in the North River and Rockpoint Learning Communities. The HCS Foundation provided funding to support their CommUNITY School program.
Partner: Benwood Foundation
Through grants from the Ironman Foundation and in partnership with volunteers from Unum, the HCS Foundation purchased library books to replenish stock in elementary school libraries. Many libraries lost books that went home with students at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Partners: Ironman Foundation and Unum