3502 Overlook Circle · Knoxville, TN 37909 · 865-291-2898

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The 1990 census showed that 66% of adults in Tennessee graduated from high school, compared to 17% of adults in Coal Creek. The census showed that 16% of adults in Tennessee graduated from college, as compared to 0.5% of adults in Coal Creek.

In 1999, Briceville Elementary School won a Title I Distinguished School award, one of only 88 schools nationwide to win such an award. These students have the potential to raise the level of formal education in Coal Creek up to that of the rest of Tennessee. A good education will qualify these students for high paying jobs. Knowledge and financial resources will enable them to address problems in Coal Creek like flooding, dental/health care, public water supply, abandoned mine drainage, and watershed restoration at a reduced cost to government.

The Coal Creek Scholars Program was established by the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) to give graduates of Briceville Elementary School assistance in seeking a college education. Assistance includes direct financial aid through scholarships and guidance in preparing college/technical school admissions and scholarship applications. Participation in extracurricular activities offered by CCWF at the K-12 level can be included in the "community involvement" section of college/technical school applications. Those high school seniors receiving assistance from the program will be asked to mentor current Briceville Elementary School students in the Scholars Program. Our goal is to give Briceville students the incentive to excel in middle school and high school, knowing that they have the potential to get a college education.

As I think of how they eagerly look, question, and learn of their heritage, I am reminded of Psalm 127:3-5. "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate"

Students at Briceville Elementary School are truly our arrows. An arrow is composed of three parts, the tip, the shaft, and the fledging or feathers. These students have tips that are sharp with curiosity and the desire to learn. Their shafts are kept straight by guidance and instruction from their teachers and parents. The fledging that guides them are faith, knowledge, and confidence in themselves. No matter what the future holds, they will be able to deal with it, even if the enemy at the gate be famine, disease, or other calamities.

The late Rev. Roy Daugherty
Coal Creek Watershed Foundation

For more information, contact Carol Moore at the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc., 3502 Overlook Circle, Knoxville, TN 37909, (865) 291-2898,

The Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, its partners (Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Boy Scouts of America, and American Society of Civil Engineers), and supporting government agencies (Office of Surface Mining, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Natural Resources Conservation Service) offer educational assistance programs at various grade levels as shown in Figure 1. Students participating in these programs qualify for direct scholarship assistance and one-on-one support in preparing college/technical school admission and scholarship applications. To seek assistance, contact Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc., 3502 Overlook Circle, Knoxville, TN 37909, (865) 584-0344 or



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