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FRA's Center for Philanthropic Studies Recognized by Mayor Barry, Bethlehem Center of Nashville

Posted: July 6, 2017

Nashville, Tennessee (July 10, 2017) - While onsite to see her initiative, Opportunity Now, interns in action, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry joined Steve Fleming, director of Bethlehem Center of Nashville, in recognizing FRA’s leadership role in coordinating efforts to make the most of the center’s garden.

"Congratulations are in order for everyone in the FRA family who made this magnificant project a possibility for families of North Nashville," said Fleming. "The partnership has been fantastic, providing a wealth of education for our campers and summer teen workers, who have thoroughly enjoyed the garden experience. We are experiencing the best campus garden ever established on our campus."

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Last fall, FRA earned a $1500 grant from Urban Green Lab and has used the funds to revitalize the Bethlehem Center’s garden and run a six-session summer garden camp. Volunteers from the school’s Heart to Heart program, Service Saturday, and environmental action club have helped establish beds and create the brightly-colored fence that decorates the outdoor space. This summer, interns from the Turner Fellowship program, FRA volunteers, and Opprotunity Now interns, who were selected to be part of the mayor's city-wide internship program, are working together to manage the garden and camp activities. They will now begin to harvest the vegetables, which will be shared with the Meals on Wheels program and with the children and families of the center.

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“This has been a great year-long community project that has connected resources from Urban Green Lab and people power from the Bethlehem Center, Opportunity Now, and FRA. Good things grow when people come together to work and play in the garden. We have had a lot of fun, learned some hands-on life science skills, and have plenty of fresh produce to share,” said Brenda Huff, FRA’s director of Center for Philanthropic Studies.

The Center for Philanthropic Studies in an integral part of FRA’s mission to develop leaders of integrity and purpose. Service programs are integrated into academics, spiritual life, and student activities through community service, philanthropy education, and service learning.

Last Updated: July 11, 2017