Staff photo by Doug Strickland / East Lake Park's current playground equipment is seen on Friday, April 12, 2019. Officials broke ground earlier this year on a new playground, also to be built in partnership with PlayCore. The project is expected to be completed in January 2020.

Kiwanis Club, PlayCore build music park at Clifton Hills

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga and employees of PlayCore have created a music park at Clifton Hills Elementary.

The music park, which includes 10 permanent instruments for students to use and enjoy, was installed near the school's playground that was also installed by the partners in 2018, according to a news release.

"PlayCore and the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga have partnered in an annual Day of Caring event for the past four years," said Sande Lambert, president of the Kiwanis Club, in a statement. "We're thrilled to continue our relationship with PlayCore so we can continue providing outdoor play opportunities for youth in underserved communities."

The new music park at Clifton Hills Elementary School will not only provide an outdoor music experience to the student body, but can also serve as a multigenerational, socially engaging space for the community, the release states. The park is intended to be dedicated in memory of David Linn, a late Kiwanis Club member who died earlier this year.

"Linn thoroughly enjoyed participating in any and all service projects and was usually the first person to show up on the day of the event," the release states. "Dedicating the music park and playground feels like an appropriate way to honor him."

The Kiwanis Club and PlayCore have sponsored several other playgrounds in the community, including one at East Lake Elementary in 2016.


Hamilton County Schools to host Fall Recruitment Fair

Hamilton County Schools is seeking "top teaching talent" for Spring 2019 and the 2020-21 school year and anticipates hiring about 300 teachers for the next school year.

The district will kick off the hiring season with a Fall Teacher Recruitment Fair from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Ooltewah High School, 6123 Mountain View Road.

Principals will be at the event, looking for potential new teachers to fill current vacancies and interim positions in their schools for the second half of this school year, as well as teaching positions that will begin next school year.

"Our fall recruitment fair helps us to attract talented teachers to our schools," said Keith Fogleman, chief talent officer for Hamilton County Schools, in a statement. "Recruitment fairs are a great opportunity for new and experienced teachers interested in working in Hamilton County Schools to connect with our principals and learn how the school system supports teachers."

Candidates interested in attending can pre-register online at


Girls Inc. seeks high school mentors

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is looking for interested high school girls from across Hamilton County to participate in the program SHE: She Can, She Will.

The educational and mentoring program is one of several programs the organization offers.

Participants "will learn about strong, smart and bold women throughout history and our community," according to a press release. Teens will select a prominent woman from our community to be their mentor and will participate in the organization's annual UnBought and UnBossed Awards luncheon. Participants are also eligible for college scholarships.

For more information, contact Kristen Bowers at


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