Briceville Elementary School

Friday, 8 January 2016

Sponsored by

Coal Creek Scholar Ricky Bailey
telling 4th and 5th graders how he
acquired his love for reading
at Briceville School

WHO: Stakeholders in the Coal Creek Scholars Program who are interested in educating a new generation of community leaders for the Coal Creek watershed in Anderson County, TN.
WHAT: Stakeholders are invited to attend the "Engineering Better Readers" (EBR) kick-off assembly at Briceville Elementary School, sponsored by Schnabel Engineering, Knoxville, TN
WHEN: 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Friday, 8 January 2016
WHERE: Briceville Elementary School, 103 Slatestone Road, Briceville, TN 37710 -- off Highway 116 (Fraterville Miners' Memorial Highway
WHY: Briceville students have participated in the Coal Creek Scholars Program for the past 15 years.  In elementary school, students learn to take pride in the rich mining history and ecology of the watershed.

While in middle school, they participate in the restoration of the American chestnut on mine land reclaimed by the Forestry Reclamation Approach.  High school students participate in community service projects to qualify for college scholarships, as forty-two of them have done.

As reported in a recent article in The Clinton Courier News, (Principal Sandra) Patton beams when talking about former students... "Our former students are nurses, teachers, engineers, and technicians, with one now in medical school... and they are all Coal Creek Scholars."

Reading is a requisite regardless of which career students choose to pursue in college.  The Engineering Better Readers program provides incentive for students to develop good reading habits at an early age.

HOW: Teachers at Briceville School are purchasing prizes, which will be hidden behind a curtain in the school's cafeteria/auditorium and unveiled at the kick-off assembly.  Teachers have also developed a scoring system, so students who become avid readers can earn points and buy prizes.

Do you know that Briceville students provided motivation and assisted in research for the book, The Welsh of Tennessee, written by Dr. Eirug Davies of Harvard University?  The true story told in the book began when David R. Thomas of Coal Creek, TN, donated his father's collection of Welsh language books to Harvard in 1915.  Dr. Davies translated those documents into English to serve as references for his book.

David R. Thomas will time-travel from the past to tell Briceville students about life in the Coal Creek watershed during the 19th century.  He will also explain how he came to Tennessee after British Parliament banned use of the Welsh language in Great Britain.

The Welsh practiced their religion in their native tongue, so when it became illegal to do so in Great Britain, he came to America where citizens have the freedom to practice their religion as they see fit.  The Welsh of Tennessee wrote and published books in America to preserve their native language at a time when it was illegal to do so in Great Britain.

Time-traveler David R. Thomas
from Coal Creek, TN

In addition to time-traveler David R. Thomas, teachers will perform skits to demonstrate how the EBR program will work.  Invited speakers will then tell students about the benefits that come from learning the joy of reading at an early age.

For questions or additional information, please contact Carol Moore at 865-584-0344 or on her cell at 865-660-2620 or

Excited students pictured at
Briceville EBR Kick-off Assembly in 2012


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