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"One of the greatest programs to reach out"


Dr. Shannon Grooms, second from left, chats with Cocke County Office
on Aging Director Carlene Robinson, left, HRM therapist Stacy Robertson, third
from left, and Amedysis staff member Debbie Wyley, right, at Thursday's Chamber
of Commerce quarterly breakfast. Grooms spoke to the group about Helen Ross
McNabb Center's help at Northwest Elementary where he is principal.
Published: 8:23 AM, 10/22/2013 Last updated: 8:27 AM, 10/22/2013

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT"Northwest Elementary served as sort of a pilot program," said Dr. Shannon Grooms on Thursday, in speaking to Chamber of Commerce members about the therapist from Helen Ross McNabb Center who began serving the school last year. "Helen Ross McNabb Center is one of the greatest programs to reach out to us."

Grooms was one of those praising the Center at the Chamber of Commerce's quarterly breakfast on Thursday at the Community Center.

"My school counselor can't handle the load we have," said Grooms, "and Helen Ross McNabb helped in teaching our kids to deal with physical, emotional and mental, social, and academic challenges."

"I'm very proud of our students and parents," he continued. "Northwest had the highest TVASS scores of any local school this past year, partly because we have raised both student and teacher morale. By having a fulltime therapist on hand, our moms and dads can come to the school any time to talk."

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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