Student meal pick-up, delivery in Hamilton County ends Wednesday

With this past Friday being the last day of school for Hamilton County Schools, student meal pick-up and delivery — launched when schools closed due to the coronavirus — will soon close.

The last day for student meal delivery or pick-up will be Wednesday, May 20.

Beginning on Tuesday, May 26, the traditional summer meal program will begin. Pick-up sites will begin service on May 26 and will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Tuesdays, families will be able to pick up three days of meals. On Fridays, they will receive four days of meals, according to the district.

The summer meal sites include: Bess T. Shepherd Elementary, Clifton Hills Elementary, East Lake Elementary, East Ridge Elementary, Hardy Elementary, Harrison Elementary, Hixson High School, Middle Valley Elementary, Nolan Elementary, Orchard Knob Elementary, Red Bank Elementary, Soddy Elementary and Spring Creek Elementary.


Southern Lit Alliance to host free creative writing workshop for teens

The Southern Lit Alliance is offering a free, seven-week course on creative writing and exploring the genres of poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction for teens.

The workshop will be led by Kris Whorton, an English lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Whorton teaches creative writing, scientific writing and literature at UTC and also teaches creative writing at the Hamilton County Jail through the Southern Lit Alliance program, Turn the Page.

"We'll work on elements of craft, share work, edit work and share it again. Come ready to chase the ideas that spark your imagination, and put words on the page that surprise, amuse, move and inspire you and others," reads an email.

The workshop will run from June 16 to July 28. It will meet on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. via Zoom and is free for participants, ages 13-18. Space is limited and the registration deadline is June 5.

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Free training on digital teaching and learning available for Tennessee teachers

The Tennessee Department of Education is partnering with Trevecca Nazarene University to provide free training on digital learning and teaching to all Tennessee teachers.

The self-paced, online training is available now through August 1 and will help teachers develop skills for digital learning, including how to design classes for remote instruction, use technology to enhance learning outcomes for all students and more, according to a press release from the education department.

"As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and related school closures, digital learning has become a critical resource for many districts to deliver academic instruction to students. Teachers are learning to adapt to the new challenges of digital learning and teaching, but they should not have to do it alone, so we are thrilled this resource is available to all Tennessee teachers," reads a statement from Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn. "We are so grateful to Trevecca for making this training available now to help Tennessee teachers build their digital tool kit to better serve all students."

The professional development course will specifically equip teachers with digital skills to serve student needs and prepare for the next school year, which will be particularly important should digital instruction continue to be necessary, according to a press release. The department plans to release additional resources for teachers in the coming weeks and months.

The self-paced, online training will take place in four modules. The online course opened on May 15 and will be available until August 1.

Tennessee educators can register for the free training online at

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