PHOTO: Brad Turner, commissioner of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, presents a $25,000 check to High Hopes Development Center Executive Director Gail Powell. With them are (from left) Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin, Franklin Alderman Brandy Blanton, Rep. Brandon Ogles and some of the nonprofit’s students. / Photo submitted
High Hopes Development Center in Franklin received a disbursement grant from Gov. Bill Lee’s discretionary budget during a special check presentation Friday. The grant, which totaled $25,000, will help further High Hopes’ mission to provide education, therapeutic services and loving support to children with and without disabilities.
“High Hopes remains committed to serving children of all abilities throughout the state of Tennessee,” said Gail Powell, the nonprofit’s executive director. “We’re grateful for the support of our governor and state legislators who are actively making a difference in the lives of these children.”
Representatives from High Hopes were joined by Brad Turner, commissioner of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for the state of Tennessee, Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin, and Rep. Brandon Ogles R-Franklin. Although unable to attend, Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, and state Sen. Jack Johnson were instrumental in securing the donation.
“Not only does High Hopes provide top-notch education to their children, they do so while promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment for kids to learn and grow,” Turner said. “Because of this, we’re honored to provide this grant to High Hopes as they continue to serve children throughout our state.”
Currently, High Hopes serves 850 children spanning more than 22 counties in Tennessee.