Rotary Club Supports Children Are People
(L-R) Children Are People’s Founder Fred Bailey and Rotary Club President Rip Lebkuecher
The Hendersonville Rotarian Joe Beaver introduced Fred Bailey, founder of Children Are People, as the Club’s guest speaker. Children Are People, Inc, (CAP) was founded in 2000 by Bailey, who had a desire to make a difference in the lives of children who need extra attention to become successful. He envisioned an after-school program that would offer tutoring, mentoring, guidance and cultural enrichment. Fred's vision was to shift the paradigm of thinking for at-risk children and never use the excuse that you cannot succeed because of your disadvantaged circumstances. The doors were opened to CAP in the community room of the Gallatin Housing Authority in May 2001 with 11 children enrolled. Children were referred to the program by the school system, churches, the courts, and word of mouth.
As the children demonstrated success, the program gained recognition. The Board of Directors was established in 2003 and helped to strengthen the organization as well as intensify fund raising. More space was needed to meet the needs and in 2003 space in the Sumner County Emergency Services building became available. Now CAP averages an enrollment of 55 to 65 students from kindergarten through high school. As CAP continues to grow, so does the community’s response. Volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds are the reason for CAP’s success and the volunteers willingly and compassionately give their time to help enrich the lives of the students. All this work is done with no local, state, or federal government funding. More information can be found at www.childrenarepeopletn.org.