Adam Noll, class reunion leader and class historian of the Tyner High School Class of 1979 (center) presents a $2,000 donation to Tyner Academy teachers and administrators, from left, Rachel Cherry, Angela Williams, Gerald Harris and Cathy Butler after alumni raised the funds at a recent reunion event. Photo courtesy of Hamilton County Schools. Contributed Photo/Times Free Press

Tyner High alumni donate $2,000 to Tyner Academy

The Tyner High School Class of 1979 recently raised $2,000 for Tyner Academy at a class reunion event.

Adam Noll, class reunion leader and class historian, spearheaded the fundraising effort initially aimed at raising $500. One alumnus, Brent Morgan, wrote a check for the entire goal amount, and the rest collectively donated almost $1,400 the night of the reunion. Noll decided to make the donation an even $2,000 and donated the remainder.

"I would like to use the funds for student incentives for this upcoming year," said Gerald Harris, principal at Tyner Academy, in a statement. "These funds will go a long way in providing awards for students who are doing positive things at Tyner."

Noll, who previously taught for the Chattanooga City Schools system, recognized the barriers that many schools have to support students, according to a news release. He hopes the donation will spark each subsequent graduating class to adopt a "pay it forward" mindset and continue giving back to the school.

"It is always good to know that our former students are willing to give back to the school," Harris added.

Jewish Federation hosts summer program for teens

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga is partnering with The Enterprise Center, the Innovation District of Chattanooga, Co.Lab and the Israel American Council to bring an innovative summer program for teens to Chattanooga next month.

Inspired by the state of Israel as "the start-up nation" and an innovation hub, the Israel American Council/Eitanim is a nationwide program that motivates teens to develop critical thinking, problem solving skills and community activism, according to a news release.

The program is named in honor of the former commander of the Paratroopers Commando Unit of the Israel Defense Forces, Maj. Eitan Balachsan.

Students will participate in leadership activities and problem-based learning activities alongside local mentors. The program is open to rising seventh- through 10th-grade students.

It will take place from 9 a.m.-4p.m. July 29-Aug. 2 at the Edney Building, 1100 Market St.

Space is limited. The program costs $50 per student, and registered participants are required to bring their lunch and a laptop.

For more information, contact Ann Treadwell at or Chen Dahan at, or call 423-493-0270. Apply online at

Chattanooga State holds TN Reconnect info sessions

Marsha Barker, Chattanooga State Community College's director of adult services, will host information sessions this week about the TN Reconnect program for adults.

Adults age 24 or older who have not obtained a post-secondary degree are eligible for the TN Reconnect program. Attendees will learn more about the TN Reconnect project, meet and chat with current students, learn about available degree and certificate programs and the free services that Chattanooga State offers its students.

The schedule of sessions is:

' Tuesday from 5-6:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the North River YMCA, 4138 Hixson Pike

' Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the board room of the Downtown YMCA, 301 W. Sixth St.

' Saturday from 10- 11:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the Hamilton YMCA, 7430 Shallowford Road.

For more information or to sign up, call 423-697-3346 or visit

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