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CHAPTER NEWS: Cumberland Woodturners donate more than $1,500 to Kids On The Rise - Crossville, TN (

Wednesday, March 9, 2016   (0 Comments)
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CROSSVILLE CHRONICLE: Cumberland Woodturners donate more than $1,500 to Kids On The Rise  - Crossville, TN (03/09/2016)

A recent donation check of $1,566.50 was presented to Kids On The Rise Executive Director, Donna King, by Cumberland Woodturners. The contribution represented the money raised by the sale of their handmade wooden ornaments that decorated a Christmas tree at the First National Bank of Tennessee Parade of Trees this past Christmas Season.

Cumberland Woodturners is a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. It is a non-profit organization made up of men and women who range from novice to professional woodturner. They meet on the last Wednesday of each month at one of the members home work shop. The meeting features a demonstration by one of the members or an invited guest. They have an instant gallery where members show and explain their latest works. More information can be learned by visiting their website at cumberlandwoodturners@cumberlandwoodturners.com

Kids On The Rise (KOTR) is also a non-profit organization. They provide mentors for the Cumberland County School System that supply academic support, strong role models, encouragement and compassion to students. Students are referred to the KOTR mentoring program by their teacher because they are considered at-risk and performing below potential. Mentor/mentee teams are formed on a one-to-one relationship that provides consistent support and guidance to the youth who is going through difficult challenges in life.

The mentor/mentee team meets weekly at or away from school to answer any problem that may exist.

One of the mentors, Dave Farney, commented, “It has been my privilege and honor to be a mentor for KOTR. If you want a useful and fulfilling life, mentoring is a great opportunity.”

There is a waiting list of students that could benefit very much from having a mentor. Male mentors are needed most. You are encouraged to learn more about the KOTR Mentor Program by calling Executive Director, Donna King, at 459-2388 Monday through Thursday or email her at director@kidsontherise.org  

Kids On The Rise plans or schedules special activities like picnics, visits to the Cumberland County Playhouse, and a Christmas Party during the year. This provides a consistent one-on-one relationship with you and your mentee. It helps build a level of trust between you and child to enhance learning and life skills.

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