Established in 2016, Episcopal School of Nashville is a Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade school that, this fall, will enroll 90 students, from throughout the city of Nashville and Davidson County. The school blends a rich academic program with a thriving spiritual life, anchored by daily chapel and nurtured through a whole child approach. Students are engaged in various off-campus projects throughout the school year, in order to serve the needs of the greater community. Our school has always been and will always be a community made up of families and students of diverse backgrounds. We have pledged to educate each of them to responsively engage "with the place, community and world they call home." This vision was the goal of our school founders, and it remains a vision that carries us forward.
Founding any non-profit is challenging work. While Episcopal School’s program is thriving, our school’s economy and safety have recently been threatened. A devastating March 3rd tornado ripped through our East Nashville community, and two weeks later the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closing of the school and an immediate pivot to virtual classrooms. We are now challenged, along with the society at large, to lean more deeply into racial inequalities that still exist in our world. As a community, we are committed to working together to eradicate racism and violence, beginning at our front door, and we stand up as one for justice and peace. There could be no better place to inculcate these ideals than in a school.
In the midst of these challenges, we received approval to move out of our temporary modular campus into a nearby three-story historic school building. This new facility, first opened in 1908, offers spacious classrooms and outdoor spaces, enabling the school to serve as many as 300 students. It’s a silver lining to the pain of the past few months, but it presents a significant new funding challenge.
There’s never been a more critical time for your support.
The money raised through Go Fund Me will be used for two purposes: 1) need-based financial aid to help the families who have been most affected by the pandemic and tornado, and 2) helping to defray the costs of our move,
Our mission as a school is to nurture "the joy of learning and the spirit of discovery in each of our students", regardless of their family’s ability to pay. There is no better time than now to help support this mission. A gift from you will not only directly benefit educating a child in this community, but will also ensure the continued success of the nation’s newest Episcopal school.
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