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Gov. Lee visits PEFAMS during summer program

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee visited Pegram Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School (PEFAMS) on June 6 to show support for the school’s no-cost summer learning camp.

The summer camp took place during the month of June and concluded on Wednesday. The camp targeted K-12 students dealing with learning loss.

The camp featured a variety of activities including classroom learning, physical exercise, and fun experiences. Current K-8 students had a full-day schedule, while high school students attended a half-day schedule for credit recovery.

The camp gave students an opportunity to get caught up academically before the 2024-2025 school year begins.

For students in grades K-8, the camps covered English language arts, math, academic intervention, STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and mathematics) and physical activities.

Kingston Springs Elementary School, Pegram Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School, Harpeth Middle School and Harpeth High School students attended summer school at PEFAMS.

During his visit to PEFAMS, Gov. Lee dropped into four classrooms and celebrated the hard work of both students and teachers.

Dr. Beck presented Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee with fresh produce from Harpeth High School's agriculture program when he visited Pegram Elementary on June 6. / CCSD

Director of Schools Dr. Cathy Beck and School Board members David Risner and Robert Epps, along with many other school leaders, were on hand for the visit. Dr. Beck presented the governor with some fresh produce from the Harpeth High School agriculture program.

“The visit went well and [Gov. Lee] had the opportunity to visit with students in four classrooms during his stop,” Tim Adkins, the school district’s communications director, said. “Anytime the governor wants to visit one of our schools and see firsthand of all the great things happening in our district, we are honored to have him.”


“This was actually the second time this school year that Governor Lee has visited one of our schools,” Adkins added. “In March, he stopped by Pleasant View Elementary School to visit with students and tour our Book/STEAM bus as part of Read Across America Week. While at Pleasant View, he handed out books to students on the bus.” 

In 2021, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted the Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act to address the learning loss of students due to COVID-19 related school closures. Through this law, all Tennessee school districts were required to offer learning loss remediation summer programs for students in rising grades K-8. 

Provisions of this law were set to expire in summer 2023, however, in the 2023 Legislative Session, the Tennessee General Assembly amended the Act to continue the summer programming annually.



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