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2015 Annual Scholars Celebration Dinner

Friday, May 1st, 2015

It was a very special night at the Annual Scholars Celebration Dinner that was held on Sunday evening. More than 500 people were in attendance as Austin-East and Fulton High School scholars were honored for their accomplishments and celebrated because they have met all the requirements to earn the Project GRAD scholarship.

We were glad to have Lori Tucker as the Mistress of Ceremonies this year who did a fine job. Project GRAD Board Chair Buzz Thomas (President, Great Schools Partnership) welcomed everyone and then did the invocation in Sam Brown’s absence. Scholars Briana Carter (Austin-East) and Tony Gunn (Fulton) reflected on their educational journey. GRAD Scholar Blakely Geames is a GRAD scholar attending the University of Tennessee who spoke to the Class of 2015 and talked about what to expect after graduation.

Jerry Hodges (former Executive Director of Project GRAD Knoxville) was this year’s “Caught Doing Right Award” winner and what a surprise it was for him. Jerry initiated this award eleven years ago to recognize those who go above and beyond to enhance the lives of children and are “caught doing right for kids!” Jerry retired from Project GRAD in October and returned to Knoxville to attend the Celebration Dinner.

A chorus of community leaders and teachers came together to sing the closing selection as the program came to an end. The chorus sang “Something Inside So Strong” which is a selection to encourage the scholars as they prepare to move to the next level of their lives when they graduate from high school.

Congrats Class of 2015.

Project GRAD office is closed for Good Friday!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Project GRAD office is open today

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The Project GRAD office will be closed today (Wednesday, February 25th) as are the Knox County School systems due to the continued hazardous weather conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please be safe and stay warm.

Thanksgiving Hours Closed Wednesday, November 26 – Friday, November 28

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Project GRAD Knoxville hosts a partnership workshop during “Worldwide Week of Partnerships”

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

“Partnership—a relationship in which we are jointly committed to the success of whatever project or process we are in”

On October 24, 2014 GRAD Knoxville staff and several youth serving partners participated in a training experience as part of the Power + Systems Corporation “Worldwide Week of Partnerships” hosted by GRAD Knoxville.   Each year during the third week in October, P+S makes its corporate sector resources more available to the non-profit world by providing high impact leadership development pro bono to selected non-profits.  Special thanks from GRAD to Kara Davis/KCDC and the United Way of Greater Knoxville.