Each season the Nashville Predators Foundation spotlights four grant recipients that do tremendous work in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community. This year the Foundation board selected four unique and devoted organizations to partner with – Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee (DLAC), The King’s Daughters Child Development Center, Tennessee Lion’s Club, and W.O. Smith Music School. These organizations will receive exclusive opportunities throughout the season including in-arena drives, Predators participation in events, tickets to home games, recognition in team publications as well as other unique opportunities.
The Nashville Predators will host collection drives at Bridgestone Arena for each charity during the season. Specific collection details will be posted closer to date.
Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee (DLAC)
Predators Game Event: Pack an Emergency Bag (Go Kit) for a Person with a Disability—flashlights and batteries; battery powered radio/weather radios; solar battery chargers; first aid kits; metal whistle; travel size baby wipes/small size hand sanitizer; plastic sheeting; duct tape; scissors; surgical masks; manual can openers; non perishable; single serving food items/Ready-to-eat-meals; compasses; waterproof matches; emergency blankets; work gloves, All-in-one All Purpose Tools; Gallon size zip lock bags, thumb drives to store personal information, gift cards to purchase supplies for Go kits
Mission Statement: DLAC advocates for the rights of people with disabilities to ensure that they have the opportunity to be productive and respected members of our society.
Counties/States served: Statewide
About DLAC: DLAC provides free advocacy and legal services to protect the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities. Our work focuses on ensuring that people with disabilities are free from harm, discrimination, and have the freedom to participate in the community.
Did you know? DLAC has provided services to the Middle Tennessee community since 1978. Originally established to provide educational advocacy, DLAC services have expanded over the years to cover a wide range of issues including safety in community facilities, employment advocacy, discrimination, community integration and education. Understanding the continuing need for educational advocacy, DLAC’s Safety in Schools program, addresses inappropriate isolation and restraint in schools and bullying of students with disabilities. Each year, DLAC’s services allow more than 500 children to participate in a safe and inclusive learning environment.
How the Predators Foundation grant money will be used: The Predators Foundation grant will be used to present The Puck Stops Here: A Legal Clinic to Address Bullying in Schools. This program will focus on teaching parents and students how to identify and prevent bullying and the appropriate intervention steps they can take when bullying is happening. Three legal clinics will be presented throughout Middle Tennessee during the fall 2012.
Predators Game Event: TBD
Mission Statement: The King’s Daughters Child Development Center is a 501c3, non-profit organization that seeks to provide an exceptional pre-school, pre-k environment for children and families in need.
Counties/States Served: Davidson, Sumner
About The King's Daughters Child Development Center: The King’s Daughters Child Development Center was founded in 1965 and opened in 1966 and has been serving the community for over 46 years. Services are offered to families on a sliding scale based upon the family’s income. Families and children are met “where they are” in their life journey and accepted into the early childhood community with caring and respect. The children cared for at the center are first and foremost met with love and acceptance, for only when they are comfortable in their setting and relationships with teachers can learning begin. The Center is open M-F from 6:30 am – 5:30 pm and serves a full breakfast and lunch along with a substantial snack in the afternoon. Children are guided by well trained teachers and encouraged to learn through exploration. Materials in the classroom and ideas presented by teachers help build the social-emotional, intellectual and physical development of the children. The classroom community fosters a climate of curiosity and positive self esteem for the children. Children leaving the care of the center enter the formal school system with a strong foundation and a zeal for learning!
Did you know? TBA
How the Predators Foundation Grant money will be used: The Predators Foundation grant will be used to create a Parent Place room in our new Infant/Toddler House. The Parent Place will provide a place where parents may talk with staff members and other parents, grab coffee/snack on the way to or from work, obtain information on community events and access emergency supplies if they are in need of food assistance.
Predators Game Event: Used eyeglasses to be distributed through missions to other countries. Used mobile telephones to be re-programmed for emergency use by indigent people.
Mission Statement: To provide financial Support and volunteer involvement in health and humanitarian care primarily preventable and curable eyesight difficulties with special emphasis on pediatric vision problems in very young children.
Counties served: Statewide
About Lion's Club: Our volunteers, trained to use the latest vision screening technology designed specifically for preschool children between the ages of 12 and 72 months; conduct free screenings in kindergarten, day care, Head Start, and locations where children are regularly supervised. Findings are interpreted by professional pediatric eye care personnel and parents are notified of the results. Early detection and treatment affords the chance for a child to begin school with good vision; the readiness to learn, better physical ability and self-esteem. Last year Volunteers screened 38,205 children across the State, and 1,842 referred for professional examinations. Of these, 18,697 screenings and 906 referrals were in Middle Tennessee.
Did you know? Vision problems affect one in 20 preschoolers. They also affect one in four school children.
How the Predators Foundation money will be used: The Predators Foundation grant will be used to purchase special film necessary for screening preschool children in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
Predators Game Event: Supply drive items TBD. Will likely be something like the following list: lightly used music books, instruments in working condition, metronomes, tuners, extra light guitar strings, drum sticks, rosin, cork grease, cleaning cloths/swabs, batteries, etc.
Mission Statement: W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School makes affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families.
Counties/State served:Students primarily reside in Davidson county, however, there are a number of students who travel from Rutherford, Williamson, Dickson, Cheatham, Wilson, and Sumner counties.
About The W.O. Smith Music School: W.O. Smith Music School is an after school music program that serves students from low-income families. Students are provided with individual music instruction for the minimal cost of 50 cents per lesson. Students are lent an instrument and music books at no additional cost in order to practice their instrument at home or at school. All music instructors are community volunteers who come to the school weekly to teach students. They come from a variety of musical backgrounds: Nashville Symphony musicians, studio musicians, advanced college students, metro school teachers, church musicians, local college professors, and other qualified experiences. The school is located at 1125 8th Avenue South and boasts a 30,000 square foot facility that houses a music library, music theory lab, 200-seat recital hall, drum lab, and 19 individual lesson rooms.
Did you know?
• In the 2011-2012 academic year, over 215 volunteer teachers provided lessons to W.O. Smith Music School students. Had they been compensated at the prevailing rates for their services, lessons fees would have equaled over $600,000.
• W.O. Smith Music School is the recipient of the TN Governor’s Arts Award for 2011 for its exceptional programming and participation in arts advocacy.
• The School offers a full year program including a variety of summer camp opportunities offered annually for W.O. Smith Music School students.
• W.O. Smith Music School also offers ensembles for voice, strings, and band instruments. Students from the choral ensembles can be heard on cd’s by Jimmy Buffet, Dierks Bentley, Aaron Tippin, and Lady Antebellum.
• The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards selected W.O. Smith Music School as one of the 50 finalists for their 2011 award.
How the Predators Foundation Grant Money will be used: W.O. Smith Music School offers music instruction in all band and string instruments, as well as guitar, bass guitar, drums, voice, and piano. Annually, the most studied instrument is the piano. As the number of piano students increases, the school is developing creative ways to serve a larger number of beginning piano students. The Predators Foundation grant will provide a new piano lab for the school. This lab will house a piano class program that will specifically help beginning piano students work in a small class setting with a piano instructor and keyboard equipment designed for group study.