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ROAR (Restoring Opportunity, Achievement and Resilience) is a free after school program that offers academic support and enrichment opportunities for Hixson Middle School students. ROAR is a partnership between Hixson Middle School and Northside Neighborhood House (NNH) as a part of the Hixson Middle CommunitySchool initiative. Ms. RaeKenya Walker of NNH serves as the HxMS Community School Coordinator. In addition to overseeing the ROAR Program, Ms. Walker collaborates with HxMS administration, staff and other community partners to connect teachers, student and families with additional information, supports and resources throughout the school day.

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During ROAR, a snack is provided by the YMCA, ROAR staff helps with homework from 3-4 pm and from 4-5 pm students engage in enrichment activities. It is important to note that our staff provides academic support and not specialized tutoring. We are here to provide the support and space needed for students to complete their homework, but students are ultimately responsible for their work. We collaborate with community partnerships such as YMCA Mobile Fit, LaurieFood, HABIT (Human Animal Bond In Tennessee), Morning Pointe of Hixson, Girls Inc., and others to provide students with new and exciting opportunities. We are always expanding our community partnerships to not only provide impactful enrichment for students but to connect families with any needed resources.

For more information about ROAR and the Community School at Hixson Middle please contact Ms. Walker at: [email protected] Ext : 41524, 423-637-7604. 

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