Gaylord Opryland provides new opportunities to McGavock cluster middle schools

How early is too early to start preparing for college? By the time students start to think about college, it might be too late to build up their resume. MNPS has partnered with the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center to provide unique opportunities to middle school students while positively impacting their lives.

Each McGavock cluster middle school is now working with a different department of Gaylord Opryland.

The partnership was facilitated by PENCIL and is a testament to its commitment to being one of the premier organizations linking public schools with private resources in Nashville.

At Donelson Middle Prep, Gaylord’s horticulture department is working to build a school arboretum and outdoor classroom through teacher externships.


Gaylord’s IT Department, along with their head engineers, are helping to create a robotics club and coding class for students at DuPont-Hadley Middle Prep.

DuPont-Tyler’s students have been given new opportunities in music and other performing arts through Gaylord’s special events and entertainment division.

Fifty Gaylord employees are now serving as tutors in Two River Middle’s Reading Clinic.

“We recognize the importance of our role in helping prepare young people for college and careers in our industry,” said Lynne Maynor, Director of Leadership and Training at Gaylord. “We are excited to expand our role into area middle schools to impact more young peoples’ lives.”