All monies raised will be donated to the Bransford Community Center to support their elementary after school program.
The old Bransford High School is a 40,000 square foot building that was once the center of the community of Bransford Heights. Many residents still have fond memories of attending Bransford High School many years ago.
In recent years, members of the community saw the need to help the youth in this community by providing a safe place for them to go after school. The Bransford Community project was lead and directed by GFCAC (Greater Faith Community Action Corp) and the City of Springfield to give this, once vital community resource, a much needed face lift and greater purpose.
The Bransford Youth Community Center has become a huge benefit to the community by providing a place for after school programs which are under the direction of Zoraida Luna. Born in Panama, Luna moved here when her father was transferred with the military and is bi-lingual, speaking both English and Spanish. Currently, Luna directs the center with the help of 6 teachers spending their afternoons assisting 30 registered K-6th children with homework and assessment testing preparation.
Cheatham Park, Westside and Bransford Elementary schools bus students to the community center each day, while Krisle students are delivered by their parents.
Academic progress is tracked, and many students are showing substantial improvements with their grades raising from D’s to B’s!
To enhance this program, additional services and actitivies are provided by local businesses: The Master’s Table provides a hot meal for each child to take home on Mondays; 4-H & TennderCare come once a week to have various activities with the kids.
SUMMER CAMPS will begin in June and are FREE to any child who would like to participate. Activities this summer will include: swimming lessons at the YMCA, gardening, various sport classes (baseball, soccer, tennis), math, reading and writing classes. Friday’s will be Fun Friday’s with water play.
It is great to see organizations, such as GFCAC, United Way, The City of Springfield, I-Care, The Chamber and local citizens working hard to make a difference in the children’s lives. They are the future! We need to make sure our children are provided with the right tools to be successful citizens of Robertson County.
Bansford Youth Community Center is solely dependent upon community sponsorship and volunteers. If you would like to help continue the growth of the center, please contact Carolyn Woodard at 615-585-5739. KIDS IMPROVE GRADES AT BRANSFORD!
Health Council Basics
What is the purpose of the Health Council?
The following is an answer to the question “Why do we need county health councils?”
“We (Department of Health) have selected County Health Councils as the instrument through which health problems in the community can be assessed, health problems identified, and prioritised and health plans developed to deal with these problems.”
What is the role of the County Health Council?
The Council shall exist as an advisory and support body to the Tennessee Department of health regarding the health problems of the County.
1. Develop a community health plan which includes health problems and needs identification
2. Develop goals, objectives and plans of action to meet these needs along with identifying and
3. Establish priorities for all identified health problems
4. Identify department/organization work teams and community agencies that should coordinate efforts with respect to each health problems.
How are the priority areas identified?
Initially, the Community Diagnosis Rrocess- a community based-community owned process was used to:
• Analyze the health status of the community
• Evaluate the health resources, services, and systems of care within the community.
• Assess attitudes toward community health services and issues
• Identify priorities, establish goals, and determine a coarse of action to improve the health status of the community
• Establish a baseline for measuring improvement over time
The end result of the community diagnosis
process was a prioritised health goals and proposed interventions to address the needs of the community.
As needed, the Council will reassess community health needs and establish new priority areas and action plan.
For sponsorship and/or participation, please contact
Roseann Johnson – 615-382-9622 ext: 71514
Please make your check payable to: The Bransford Revitalization Project
The Bransford Revitalization Project and mail to:
Robertson County YMCA. Attn: Roseanne Johnson
3332 Tom Austin Hwy, Springfield, TN.
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