East Nashville Hope Exchange's Program
East Nashville Hope Exchange (ENHE) is a summer program for low-income children from rising first to third grades. Our program assists children in developing and improving reading proficiency while encouraging leadership skills and self-esteem.
Hope Exchange offers intensive reading enrichment and community building through an integrated, thematic curriculum. Our small student/teacher ratio of 6:1 enables children to receive the guidance needed to prevent summer learning loss, prepare for the upcoming grade and increase reading levels.
Recognized reading tests are administered both before and after the program. They have shown that almost all (about 90%) of the children improve their reading skills. Testing covers phonics, reading comprehension, sight words and fluency.
Harambee means “pulling together for a common purpose.” Each day begins with our version of Harambee – a morning celebration that includes singing, dancing and light exercise.
We invite members of our community to visit and be one of our daily guest readers. These positive role models provide encouragement to the children with stories that show their passion for reading and how literacy is foundational to their life and vocation.
Our teachers implement a balanced literacy program that incorporates writing and all five essential elements of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Various afternoon activities are provided throughout the program, such as arts and crafts, music and cooking, allowing children to socialize in a less structured setting.
A variety of field trips are scheduled throughout the program offering cultural enrichment and fun. These include visiting places such as the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Nashville Zoo and the Adventure Science Center.
Books for Children
Each week a new picture book is brought to life for students in the classroom and then sent home with them to build their home library. Additional books are provided at the end of the summer, helping to ensure that gains continue after the program.
Above: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a regular guest reader, with the Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck Show.