poetry slam

In April, 12 students participated in a poetry slam hosted by Coffee County Central High School. Pictured, Allie Robinson shares her piece. The Bonnaroo Works Fund grant will allow the school to expand their program to allow more students a chance to share their voices at a statewide poetry slam.

Several local nonprofits will expand their programs, thanks to receiving grants from the Bonnaroo Works Fund.

The recipients were announced last week. Among them are Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity, Coffee County Central High School and the Coffee County Child Care Center.


Coffee County Central High School

CHS ask was to get funding to partner with “Spoken Word to use spoken word poetry to inspire and engage students, improve their academic and life skills, and build a safe, connected learning environment,” according to the school’s personal narrative, which was provided by Bonnaroo Works representative Dana Meeks.

The received $2,300, according to CHS Principal Paul Parsley.

The school’s vision is to impact 125 Coffee County youths with a five-day classroom residency at CHS.

The school plans on using the funds to hold a Coffee County Teen Poetry Slam and to send the winners to the statewide poetry slam, according to the narrative.

The school’s goal is not create poets, but to develop communication skills, both written and verbal.

“SW provides the inspiration for why students should write, read, and speak. Mentors model the art form and introduce low-risk free writes. They combine a variety of writing strategies and performance exercises to keep lessons engaging and accessible to a range of learners. As result of the residency, students will be more engaged in their learning, have greater self-confidence, become stronger communicators, and feel an increased sense of belonging,” according to the narrative.


Coffee County Child Care Center

The child care center in Manchester will use the funds to improve the playgrounds for the children by installing rubber interlocking tiles.

By creating music and art centers, the child care center would be promoting the arts. Adding new and updated toys would also allow more creative thinking and imaginative play.


Habitat for Humanity

Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity helps families build and improve homes in Coffee and Franklin counties.

“We have been notified to receive $5,000,” said President Terrie Quick. “The monies received will either be used to help develop a playground area for the youth on Rotary Drive in Winchester or will be placed into a ‘build account’ established for our next new house build.”

Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit organization that assists “hard-working people gain decent, affordable housing,” added Quick.

A part of Habitat for Humanity International, which has more than 2,300 affiliates worldwide, the local organization has helped people become homeowners since 1992.

To fulfill its mission of building homes for low-income families, the nonprofit partners with volunteers.


About Bonnaroo Works Fund

Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF) is the charitable arm of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. This year, BWF awarded $236,000 to 40 nonprofit organizations that spearhead Tennessee-based initiatives that support the fund’s mission of advancing arts, education and environmental causes.

The Bonnaroo Works Fund is a nonprofit organization that supports organizations advancing the arts, education and environmental sustainability, with a focus on local reinvestment and asset building in the communities.

Since the inception of the festival, Bonnaroo and the BWF have awarded more than $7 million in funding to deserving organizations.

The BWF is a joint effort between Bonnaroo organizers and attendees, with a portion of ticket sales allocated to the BWF. In addition, proceeds from festival activities, such as the Silent Auction, Root for Roo, the Bonnaroo 5K Run, and the Les Paul Spirit Awards all benefit the Bonnaroo Works Fund and, in turn, its grant recipients.


Full list of recipients

Artist Residency Chattanooga; Backfield in Motion; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee; Big Ears Festival; Bijou Theatre Center; Coffee County Central High School; Coffee County Child Care Center; Communities In Schools of Tennessee; Free for Life International; Friends of the Hendersonville Arts Council; Friends of the Warner Parks, Inc.; Frist Center for the Visual Arts; Global Education Center; Habitat for Humanity of Rutherford County; Harpeth Conservancy; Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity; Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation; Humanities Tennessee; Joy of Music School; Land Trust for Tennessee; Life Under the Wheel, Inc.; Lutheran Services in Tennessee Inc.; Main Street McMinnville; Millennium Repertory Company; Musicians on Call; Nashville Ballet; Nashville Children’s Theatre; National Museum of African American Music; Notes for Notes, Inc.; Project C.A.M.P., Inc. (The Center for Courageous Kids); Rocketown of Middle Tennessee, Inc.; Tennessee Environmental Council; Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation; The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park; The Nashville Food Project, Inc.; Tullahoma Fine Arts Center; Tullahoma Parks and Recreation; Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council/WCTE-TV; VH1 Save The Music Foundation.


Elena Cawley can be reached via email at ecawley@tullahomanews.com

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Casey recently joined the Manchester Times team in March 2018. Coming off a 17-month reporter stint in Port Chester, NY, she is looking forward to slowing down and integrating herself into the community. She currently resides in Manchester.

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