Nashville – Following the lead of the Tennessee Education Association (TEA), teachers from across the nation donated funds to provide support to victims devastated by the May floods. Donations came from as far away as Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.
TEA collected and disbursed over $88,000 to flood victims in Nashville, Chapmansboro, Pegram, Ashland City, Adams, Duck River, Charlotte, LaVergne, Brownsville, Madison, Clarksville, Franklin, Millington, Old Hickory, Antioch, Whites Creek, Castalian Springs, Gallatin, Goodlettsville and Hendersonville.
TEA Executive Director Al Mance said, “When teachers from across the state and nation asked how they could help flood victims, we set up a special fund to accept tax deductible donations for flood relief. Their generous donations made it possible to assist 79 school employees and others who suffered serious damage from the May floods.”
Applications were collected and reviewed by a five-person Flood Disaster Relief Committee comprised of TEA staff and board members including Galen Riggs (Nolensville), Ronny Clemmons (Murfreesboro), Linda Holmes (Nashville), Margaret Thompson (Springfield) and Alzenia Walls (Gallatin).
The Fund has distributed 100 percent of the donations to flood victims and officially closed as of October 1, 2010.