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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
A long-established organization in Chattanooga announced on Friday that they would be contributing nearly $2.3 million to Hamilton County Schools to cover the cost of the school system’s elective Bible program. This donation from Bible in the Schools will cover the expenses of the program in its entirety.
This is the 101st year that the organization has contributed to the optional Bible curriculum in the schools. The program consists of five courses taught in 32 Hamilton County middle and high schools. The study of the Bible as a literary and historical text is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education and was ruled legal by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963.
The gift was presented in a special ceremony to Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Justin Robertson by Cathy Scott, president of Bible in the Schools, and Tom Glenn, chairman of the Board for the organization.
“It is with deep honor that we present this gift to Hamilton County Schools. The free gift of a public school Bible education is a result of 101 years of extraordinary community generosity through Bible in the Schools. Thank you all who have invested in our mission,” said Scott.
The Bible program is offered as an elective to students through Hamilton County Schools’ partnership with Bible in the Schools. Students are given the opportunity to study the Bible in an educational environment, spending time learning to think critically about its cultural, historical, and literary facets. Consideration is also given to the influence of the Bible on society.
“We are very pleased to support Hamilton County Schools by reimbursing the entire cost of the countywide elective Bible program,” Glenn said. “For over a century, Bible in the Schools has been committed to fostering biblical literacy among students, and this contribution underscores our enduring commitment to that mission. We firmly believe that providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the Bible can enhance their cultural and historical knowledge.”
The organization also recently announced a public portion of their $7 million Endowment Campaign to maintain the funding of Bible education in the schools in Hamilton County.
“We are sincerely grateful to Bible in the Schools for their incredible support and for making this impactful program accessible to our students. The Bible program enhances our curriculum by providing students with a unique educational experience, encouraging intellectual growth, and promoting cultural understanding. This generous contribution will allow us to further invest in opportunity by design for our students,” said Robertson.
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com