Goddard Gives Back


Donations to local charities for 2017 total over $10,000 in goods and monetary contributions

The Goddard School is proud to be a part of the Hendersonville community and strives to give back often. Very often during the year, the school conducts charity drives as part of their Goddard Cares initiative. Faculty, students and families collect items or donations for different causes, and the last few months of 2017 were exceptional!


In November, a food drive was held to benefit the Hendersonville Samaritan Center. 2,010 items were delivered to the food pantry at the Samaritan Center. It took two trips in a packed Suburban to take all the donations across town!


A pet supply drive was held during the first two weeks of December to support the Humane Society of Sumner County. Some furry friends from the Humane Society even visited the children one morning so that the children could see firsthand how their donations would benefit the animals. Overall, 136 items were donated, averaging about $5 per item.


An extra special donation was made on behalf of The Goddard School in December to Juanita’s JoyFoundation. This foundation was founded by Lisa Williams, a teacher at the Goddard School, to honor her late mother. Juanita was always joyful and enjoyed spreading her happiness to others. The foundation hopes to honor her legacy by supporting needy families through monetary support, gifts and scholarships. The Goddard School surprised Mrs. Williams with a $1,000 donation to Juanita’s JoyFoundation.


The Goddard School has been a longtime supporter of The Hendersonville Police Department’s Santa Cop program. This year, two fundraisers were held to raise funds for this initiative. The first was a silent auction held during the school’s Fall Festival, which raised over $1,300. In addition, the school sold t-shirts with all proceeds benefitting the program. Almost $600 was raised from the sale of the Goddard t-shirts. Leisa Byars, the owner of The Goddard School, also contributed to bring the grand total for the Santa Cop donation to $2,500.


Other charities that have benefitted from Goddard’s efforts in 2017 included the United Way of Sumner County, Mary’s Magical Place and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. These initiatives go hand-in-hand with the Goddard F.L.Ex. Framework, which encourages children to engage in hands-on experiences in nurturing environments.

For more information about The Goddard School, visit goddardschool.com, follow the school on Facebook or stop by for a tour at 108 Cinema Drive.



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