Bible in the Schools gives $1.3 million for Bible history program in Hamilton County

Pictured (from left) are Bible in the Schools' president, Mrs. Cathy Scott; Hamilton County Department of Education Superintendent, Dr. Bryan Johnson; Board Chairman, Mr. Chris Maclellan; Bible in the Schools board member, Mr. Mike Harrell. (Photo credit: Mr. Chad Wilson)

Local nonprofit agency Bible in the Schools has given $1.3 million to Hamilton County Schools to fund the 2017-18 countywide public school Bible history elective program, a news release states.

Enrollment data from 23 schools taking part in the program show 4,068 students in grades 6-12 completed the courses during the 2017-18 academic year, a record enrollment.

"We are committed to providing our students with a world class education, which includes making sure students develop a broad understanding of the events, writings, and ideas that have shaped Western society and the culture around them," schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson said. "This gift - which was the largest philanthropic gift received by Hamilton County public schools during the 2017-2018 school year through community partnerships - empowered Hamilton County Schools to hire 20 qualified and certified Bible History teachers for the 2017-2018 academic year."