This past Friday, the Nashville Predators and the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville joined forces in a Read to Succeed
Day of Action supporting Middle Tennessee at-risk pre-school children.
This Read to Succeed
initiative, “Stuff the Bus,” featured Nashville Predators owner David Freeman – who was recently named as the Kiwanis Club’s Nashvillian of the Year – and Preds mascot GNASH helping fill busses with donated school supplies and delivering those goods to several area Read to Succeed
centers (McNeilly Center, Salvation Army and Fannie Battle). These centers in turn provide students and families with school supplies they would otherwise not be able to afford. Additionally, the Nashville Predators organized a “Stuff the Bus” in-office drive the week before the event to collect supplies.
The Read to Succeed
program was founded in 2002 through the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville by the Ingram Family Foundation and strives to positively impact the lives of at-risk Middle Tennessee youth. Its purpose is to provide early literacy skills training to some of the city’s most at-risk children from low-income homes in order to get them ready for success in school. The Read to Succeed
program received a grant from the Nashville Predators Foundation this past season which will help fund two new United Way sites in the purchase of children's books for their family lending libraries and expenses for three family workshops.
The Nashville Predators Foundation strives to meet the educational, social, health and cultural needs of the community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations. Through grants and other charitable donations, such as player ticket programs and fund-raising efforts, the Predators Foundation put more than $600,000 back into the community during the 2008-09 season.