The Connection

1236 Volunteer Parkway

Bristol, TN 37620

(423) 652-9223

 The Connection


Bristol Tennessee City Schools welcomes you to The Connection. This group is a coalition of key BTCS employees who provide services to the community. The Connection addresses needs established by the school system, parents, and community stakeholders with the goal of having a positive impact on students, who will ultimately guide the future of our community. The Connection's goal is to continually improve community involvement and confidence in our school district.


Specific goals are as follows:


  1. Expand internal and external communication between the school system and community stakeholders.
  2. Develop a community hub that will phase into a Community School Model.
    1. Expand Community Resource Center services
    2. Develop a Teacher and Staff Resource Center
    3. Develop a Parent Education Center
    4. Develop a main clinic to expand system-wide health/wellness services
    5. Develop a student Learning Center
    6. Develop a Childcare Program/ Center
  3. Utilize community wellness opportunities to improve academics.
  4. Implement Place-Based Educational opportunities through the efforts of an appointed PBE Council.


The Connection consists of the following team members:


Rebecca Craddock serves as the communnications coordinator for the district and leads the BTCS office of Coordinated School Health (CSH), which is a state-wide effort. CSH is an effective system designed to connect health (physical, emotional, and social) with education. Ms. Craddock works with professionals across the school system, families, and other community partners to impact those factors which improve students' health and capacity to learn. The CSH approach consists of eight major components. Although these components are listed separately, it is their composite that allows CSH to have a significant impact. The eight components include: health education, physical education/physical activity, health services, nutrition services, health promotion for staff, counseling and psychological services, healthy school environment, and student/parent/community involvement. For more information, please contact Ms. Craddock at or (423) 652-9237.


Kay Ward serves as community outreach coordinator. As a member of The Connection team, Kay develops, updates, and implements policies and procedures for the Community Resource Center (CRC). She works to continue existing community partnerships, as well as attempts to expand CRC services through the acquisition of new community partners. She communicates regularly with teachers, school counselors, and administrators to identify families that need community services, coordinates those services, and keeps accurate records of BTCS families served. She has also begun to set the organizational wheels in motion for the Teacher/Staff Resource Center by identifying needs through a system-wide survey, soliciting community and businesses to supply and maintain the center, and visiting similar CRC models. Ms. Ward's office is located in the CRC and she can be contacted at or (423) 652-9251.


Community Resource Center: To strengthen families by building a network of support and better access to needed resources.

What is The Community Resource Center?

  • A safe, friendly place to go for help
  • Community based
  • Help for families
  • Opportunities to Volunteer/Service Learning Projects

What assistance is offered at the Community Resource Center?

  • Resource packet with contacts to local agencies willing to assist with financial, housing, and insurance issues
  • Seasonal family clothing at no cost to eligible recipients
  • Limited supply of non-perishable food at no cost to eligible recipients
  • Limited supply of personal hygiene items at no cost to eligible recipients
  • School supplies to BTCS students
  • Limited cleaning supplies/laundry detergent at no cost to eligible recipients
  • Connections to obtaining new shoes for BTCS students
  • Holiday assistance: both BTCS and community efforts


In addition to providing direct services, the Community Resource Center offers resource and referral services to local agencies. Referrals are taken from BTCS administrators, school counselors, teachers, and general staff members. Referrals are also accepted from local agencies when BTCS families are involved. Parents/guardians of BTCS students may also call the Community Resource Center for individual needs or assistance in locating resources in the community.

To make an appointment for assistance or donations, please contact Kay Ward at or call the Community Resource Center at (423) 652-9223.

The Bristol Tennessee City School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

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