The Time to Rise program began in 1992 with a meaningful conversation between David Whitfield, an educator and leader in Nashville's non-profit and urban communities, and Bill Weaver, a local businessman and philanthropist. They wanted to make an impact on the lives of Nashville's at-risk youth and saw a need for structured activities for children in the summer when high-quality daytime activities are often difficult to find, especially for parents who work year round.
Since 1992, the Time To Rise Summer Camp program has provided academic instruction, enrichment opportunities, and mentoring to over 2,500 rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. These free camps are hosted each summer by MBA, Ensworth, Harding Academy, and Harpeth Hall, with students and faculty from each institution working to help increase the chances of positive life outcomes for at-risk youth.
Harpeth Hall has been a proud supporter of the Time To Rise (TTR) program for many years. This year, under the leadership of Heather Kreth, Harpeth Hall's Middle and Upper School Counselor and TTR site director, we are especially proud of our campus participation. Harpeth Hall will have four of its faculty members and nine of its students taking leadership roles in this important summer program. (PHOTO: Heather Kreth pictured with Harpeth Hall's student TTR Counselors.)
"As a Harpeth Hall alumna and parent, I am proud of our community's support of a program like Time to Rise. As Bill Weaver's daughter, I am especially grateful to Harpeth Hall for hosting Time to Rise each summer, and for allowing my father's legacy to continue." -- Collins Hooper, Harpeth Hall Parents Association, President-Elect