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System Receives $31,300 UTrust Grant
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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Hamblen County School System has received a grant of $31,300 from Utrust to in provide transportation, lodging, and travel expenses for middle schools students who qualify to compete in the 2018 National Beta Competition in Savannah, Georgia.

 Traci Antrican, Supervisor of Business for Hamblen County Schools who made application for the funds from Utrust said," The National Beta Competition allows our students to showcase their individual and group skills and talents. They are able to participate in activities that develop their creativity, critical thinking

skills, teamwork, and leadership skills. It also allows them to network with their peers from around thenation. It is an excellent opportunity for our students to experience competition on a national level."

Hugh Clement, Superintendent of Hamblen County Schools said, "We deeply appreciate Utrust making these funds available to our schools. We feel very fortunate anytime we can find money to fund special projects for our students -especially when the funds don't have to come from taxpayers in Hamblen County." Clement continued, "We are confident that our students in Hamblen County can compete and be recognized on a national level."

Dr. Dan Tollett, Utrust administrator said, "We are pleased that Utrust is able to fund small projects that will make a big difference. We believe this project will make a big difference to middle school students in Hamblen County Schools. These students will remember this trip for the rest of their lives. We appreciate Ms. Antrican submitting this request and we are glad to be a part of this project."


Utrust is an organization that assists school systems in Tennessee with unemployment issues and in recognizing, supporting and appreciating school employees. It sponsors the Utrust Appreciation Program, a student leadership program that seeks to help students recognize and express appreciation to people who make their lives better each day.


Hamblen County is one of 51 school systems in Tennessee that will receive Utrust mini-grants this month totaling more than $1 million to improve educational opportunities for students.


Roger Greene, long time Hamblen County school board member is one of seven school board members statewide who serve as trustees of Utrust.  Greene said, "One of the things I enjoy most about being on the board of trustees for Utrust is being able to provide mini grants to local school districts. The mini grants support enrichment activities for students that they might not otherwise have."