Donelson community group provides relief to Hickman Elementary teachers

Hickman Elementary School started the school year off with a bang. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the kind they had in mind.

On the evening of Aug. 9, lightning struck the school. No children were injured, but the school suffered smoke and water damage with some minor roof damage. There were four affected kindergarten classrooms, including damaged or destroyed books and classroom materials – some of which were purchased with the teachers’ own money.

Thanks to a local organization, the teachers won’t have to reach back into their pockets for all new supplies.

Hip Donelson, the community group built to support Donelson neighborhoods, decided to help the teachers out. This Monday, Aug. 22, the organization presented a check to the staff at Hickman, including Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph, District 4 School Board Member Anna Shepherd and Kimberly Fowler, the principal of Hickman.

The money provided by Hip Donelson will be used for the teachers to be able to restore their classrooms back to their original condition as much as they can. The mission of Hip Donelson is to advance the well-being of Donelson’s people, pets, neighborhoods, community organizations and nonprofit organizations through education and service.