Nashville, Tenn., January 13, 2022 – The East Nashville Hope Exchange (ENHE) will acquire 75 tablet computers for use in afterschool and summer programs through a partnership grant made possible by the Phoenix Club of Nashville (PCON) and S3 Recycling Solutions (S3RS). The tablets will help strengthen literacy rates of at-risk children in East Nashville by closing the educational achievement gap through the power of technology.
“It takes an entire community to champion positive change. This partnership with PCON and S3 is the perfect example of leaders coming together to make a real difference in the community,” said Ameshica Linsey, executive director of the East Nashville Hope Exchange. “Low literacy levels are detrimental not just to the citizens who will most likely struggle to find employment, but to the economy overall. We know that access to technology is not the final solution to the literacy epidemic, but when it’s used creatively and effectively, student outcomes are unbelievable! This partnership will unlock the door for many of our students and greatly enhance our programs and the process of learning to read.”
“I am honored to support the ENHE mission of strengthening the literacy of at-risk children. More than all the business success that S3 achieves, the most meaningful projects to me are the ones where we enrich the lives of those in our community,” said Rod McDaniel, chief executive officer of S3 Recycling. “I believe that access to technology will continue to be increasingly important as we educate and groom the next generation of leaders in Middle Tennessee, and I’m happy to be in a partnership that is contributing to that effort.”
This tablet purchase will fill the gap that ENHE has been experiencing by allowing each of its students to have daily access to her own tablet, which will result in more efficient and consistent reading application access for each of the 100 students in ENHE’s after school program.
“PCON is thrilled to partner once again with Ameshica Linsey and her fantastic team at East Nashville Hope Exchange,” said John Boots, PCON Vice President of Development. “We’re also excited to work with S3 Recycling Solutions, which is run by PCON Alumnus Rod McDaniel. Rod’s continuing commitment to supporting in-need communities is what made this grant happen and happen quickly.”
This grant is Phoenix Club’s second partnership with East Nashville Hope Exchange. In 2019, PCON invested in ENHE’s summer reading program, which has successfully helped 100 students per year maintain or improve their end-of-school year literacy skills in a focused effort to overcome the summer slump.
About East Nashville Hope Exchange:
East Nashville Hope Exchange (ENHE) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of strengthening literacy of at-risk children in East Nashville. ENHE provides a supportive, structured and safe environment where children can learn and have fun. They work with children from schools in the Stratford and Maplewood clusters, are headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and began as a community outreach program of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church. In 2010, it became an independent 501(c)(3) organization. enhopeexchange.org/
Ameshica Linsey｜Executive Director
About S3 Recycling Solutions:
S3 is a full-service technology recycling firm with emphasis on cost-effective processes for receiving, sorting, re-purposing and remarketing surplus electronics. s3rs.com
Rod McDaniel / Chief Executive Officer
About the Phoenix Club of Nashville:
The Phoenix Club of Nashville is a 100% volunteer-led 501(c)(3) organization of young men with a dual mission of benefitting under-served youth in Middle Tennessee and developing members into leaders in their community and business. Phoenixclubofnashville.org
Ben Khouri｜VP, Marketing & PR