Cora Howe Celebrates Graduating Seniors at First ‘Signing Day’ event


Cora Howe School hosted its first-ever Signing Day event for high school seniors. This special event was much like those at traditional high schools, however, with the exceptional needs focus of Cora Howe students, the emphasis was placed on students ‘signing’ with business and community partners offering seniors employment, college or training opportunities after graduation.

“The idea of this event is still very much a work in progress but what our students do when they leave our school is very important,” said K.C Winfrey, principal of Cora Howe, adding that 100 percent of the seniors have postsecondary plans. “We strive to ensure students will achieve lifelong success and we have been working hard to create opportunities for our kids when they leave Cora Howe.”

Cora Howe School serves students with learning differences and works daily to fulfill its vision of providing a nurturing, world-class setting focused on the individual growth of each student. By partnering with business and community groups, the school is meeting its mission of building a learning culture to help students achieve success beyond the classroom.

Alex C. Loma-Gomez, a graduating Cora Howe senior, has plans to attend Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee when he graduates in May. He is interested in pursuing a degree in Information Technology.

“You can’t give up, you have to pursue your dreams,” Loma-Gomez said. “I will miss Cora-Howe but college is going to be fun.”

His mother, Lisa, said she could not be prouder of her son for persevering to accomplish what some people said he couldn’t do. She said she drives 62 miles every day from Antioch to Cora Howe and then to her job in Hendersonville, Tennessee, to make sure her son has the best education.

“This school [Cora Howe] was my lifesaver,” she said. “I couldn’t have received a better education for my child even at the most expensive private schools. Metro Schools will work with you. All you have to do is tell them what you need. It has been a great experience.”

Jonathan Mahaffey, coordinator of the signing day event, said, “Our students are expected to put in the hard work and they have done exactly that. We are so proud of them.”

Cora Howe’s Signing Day included students, parents, teachers, community and educational partners such as The Turnip Truck, Nashville State Community College and Cumberland University. Other partners involved with the school are Cumberland Hardware, Davids Group, East Park Community Center, Electronics Recycling Solutions, Hunters Cee Bee, and Kroger.