New Virtual Learning Centers

November 3rd, 2020

New Virtual Learning Centers

At the beginning of October, we opened our Virtual Learning Center to provide a learning space and support for students who opted to attend school virtually this semester! Through the Virtual Learning Center, we are able to provide students with computer access to complete school work, a daily routine, and social interaction with their peers!


By opening this program, we not only serve families in the 37410 zip code with lunches, but are now able to physically host kids in our building again.  The first week went well - the kids were engaged and parents were excited to have their child back into a routine while experiencing some sense of normalcy. Our staff continuously worked to provide supervision and structure for our students throughout the day. It was very clear that the kids were benefiting from being back in a structured environment.


When asked about our new Virtual Learning Center, 7 year old, Darrian, said his favorite part was the “Beth teachers and going to play outside.” 11 year old, McKayla said it’s easier to do work here because “there are teachers who actually know about school stuff and can help me.”


Soon we will be opening a second Virtual Learning Center and Read to Lead after school program at Emma Wheeler Homes to help broaden our outreach to the community!

To register your child for our virtual learning program or Read to Lead Academy, visit www.thebeth.org



Emily May

Emily May is one of our Restore Hope Fund case managers here at the Bethlehem Center. When she's not handling cases, she works as a member of our education team. She is known by our staff and community for her friendliness and kindness. She is currently about to graduate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with her Masters in social work. We are so lucky to have Emily!

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Fresh Produce and Fellowship

Hi, I’m Everett, the Market Manager for the Bethlehem Center. Our Alton Park CommUNITY Market has had a great year so far! We have great nutritional produce to choose from this month: Flash and Georgia collard greens, okra, cabbage, and soon we’ll have carrots!  With all these great veggies, there are so many different healthy dishes you can create! Other great items sold at the market are Kim’s Hot Fish, masks, and my Sauce Me BBQ sauce. 

For me, the market is a great opportunity to connect with others in the community. It provides a chance to talk with others and to see people face to face.  This sort of fellowship is so important, not just for me as an individual, but to further the mission of the Beth. The Market’s presence in the Alton park community is a blessing that others need during a time like this. Not just because of the fresh vegetables, but also in a community aspect. We want to help others anyway we can, and provide relief during COVID-19.  The market has been a great platform to do so. 


Stop by the market every Saturday from 11am-1pm at the Bethlehem Center! We’d love to see you! For more info you can follow us on Instagram (@apcommunitymarket) and Facebook (Alton Park Community Market)!


Everett Parker

Everett is our Market Manager here at the Bethlehem Center. Before being hired as a Beth employee, Everett was very involved and is a graduate of our Faith & Finances class. He is known and loved by our staff and community for his work ethic and sense of humor. He recently started his own business, Sauce Me BBQ Sauce, which is now available at the Alton Park CommUNITY Market!


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Read to Lead Academy: Weekly Check-Ins


After shutting down our after school program in March and then our summer program in July due to COVID-19 safety concerns, our Read to Lead staff has been incredibly creative in finding ways to stay connected with our students and their families. In July, we started weekly face to face check-ins with our kiddos. This keeps us engaged with our kids and allows us to make sure families have access to all the resources they need. Here’s a few words from staff member, Emily on her visit with first grader, Tasha:


“I arrived at Tasha’s house right when she got out of school. She had so much energy! The past two times I’ve been over there, she has been so excited because she gets lonely being the only kid in her house. This time, I brought Kool-aid slushies for us to enjoy together. She made fun of my blue mouth after we ate them, but when I pointed out how red hers was, she insisted on getting a picture. We talked a lot about school, and how she was excited to learn about “first grade stuff.” She talked so much about how much she missed the Bethlehem Center too! For the rest of the time I was there we played hide and seek and did some cartwheels in the yard. It was an amazing day!”


          The aspect of our programming that we as a staff have truly missed the most since the pandemic began has been the kids: their smiles, their stories, their hugs, and their laughter. These weekly check-ins have given us a small piece of that back while allowing us to still pour into our students and stay updated on their lives throughout this trying time.




Rachel DeVore

Rachel is our Director of Education here at the Bethlehem Center. She is known for her consistent hard work and dedication to the mission, kids, and her fellow staff members of the Bethlehem Center. To get into contact with Rachel or find out more about the Read To Lead Academy at the Bethlehem Center email her at: [email protected]

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This year we’re celebrating Giving Tuesday with our United We Give Campaign!


You can support underserved youth and adults in our community in two ways:

1) Enter for a chance to win a weekend getaway just 30 minutes from Chattanooga at the Blue Water Resort! Bring your significant other or your family for a cozy time in Dayton, TN!

Go fishing, enjoy riding in a pantoon boat, stop by Monkey Town Brewing, hike along side beautiful waterfalls... this will be a getaway to remember!

2) Enjoy dinner at 1885Grill in St. Elmo on December 1 from 4pm to closing!


How to win a getaway at Blue Water Resort:

- Text bethcenter to 243725 to make a donation and enter the getaway basket drawing today!


$25- provides 1 getaway basket entry + 1 student with snacks for a month
$50- provides 2 entries + 2 adults with fresh produce from our market
$75- provides 3 entries + 3 adults with a faith and finances class workbook
$100- provides 4 entries + 1 student with access to our Virtual Learning Center for a month

Winner will be announced on Giving Tuesday, December 2 at noon!