NBC 5: MNPS hopes to add new Academy at Opry Mills
Many people will remember the devastating floods in the spring of 2010 that damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, businesses, and iconic places like the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. Included in the overall $2 billion in property damages caused by the waters was the Opry Mills mall, the home to a Simon Youth Academy.
After two years of reconstruction, Opry Mills is Back in a Big Way, and we are thrilled to report that the Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills is set to reopen, too, in August, 2012. The school will operate in partnership between Simon Youth Foundation and the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS).
The news caught the attention of Nashville’s local NBC news affiliate, News Channel 5, and its education beat reporter Aundrea Cline-Thomas. Already in Nashville, SYF is partnering with the MNPS to support the Simon Youth Academy at Hickory Hollow.
In her report, Cline-Thomas talks about the growing SYF footprint in Nashville and how the Academy model lets students find their niche where traditional options just did not work. You can view a transcript of the New Channel 5 report on the new Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills at the station’s website.