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"I was laid off my job and that made it possible for me to do this," Rainor said. "I really, truly think that this is my calling. I'm in the right place."
She says her calling is helping kids reach their full potential at East End Prep Charter School in East Nashville. Rainor is one of seven "classroom grannies," neighborhood volunteers that help traditional teachers manage their students.
"We're there when they're crying," Rainor said. "We're there when they need help writing their names, we're there when they need help sitting correctly at their desk."
"They're interactive, said Joan McMurry, director of family and student affairs at the school. "They're here every day. The students look forward to seeing the grannies in the classrooms."
Of course East End Prep is unique for more than just the in-class grannies. Students here are taught the value of a college education from the very moment they walk through the door.
"We say the road to college begins in kindergarten," McMurry said. "Everything that they do here is building the foundation that will make them successful later on in life to attend college."
But college fever isn't just some poster above the door. It's everywhere and every classroom is named after the teacher's alma mater.
It's all part of the unique culture at East End Prep. Rainor says even though she's not getting paid, this is the best job she's ever had.
"When you go home you feel like you've done something, instead of just out making a dollar," Rainor said. "I just love what I do."
families interested in East End Prep can learn more about how to apply by visiting the school's website. There's a link to it in the Fox Links section of this website.
Tuesday, August 21 2012, 10:55 AM CDT
Solar panels that obscure school might be moved
May 24, 2013 13:13 GMT
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A wall of solar panels in front of a Surgoinsville school might be moved out back.
The panels are part of an ambitious project under which solar collection panels have been installed at 20 Hawkins County school facilities to cut utility costs and sell back power to TVA.
But the Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/18burcf ) reported the wall of panels at Surgoinsville Middle School has some people worried about school security and others upset at what they see as an eyesore.
The panels are 7 feet high and stretch the length of a football field. They obscure viewing the school.
At a school board work session Thursday, board members talked about moving the array. It can't be voted on until the regular board meeting on June 4.
Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net
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