Dear Friends,

I am excited that October has arrived, the month when SCORE is privileged to honor the schools, school districts, and communities that are rising to the challenge of preparing all Tennessee students for college and career.

On Monday, October 27, at the fourth annual SCORE Prize event, SCORE will recognize the Tennessee public schools and school districts that are leaders in student learning. The event highlights and shares best practices and shows education stakeholders in Tennessee how student-focused practices are raising academic achievement.

We will also announce the winners of the SCORE Prize, which awards $10,000 to each elementary, middle, and high school winner and $25,000 to the school district winner.

The event will shine a spotlight on the 2014 SCORE Prize finalists and the students who win our Students Rise to the Challenge scholarship competition. Tennessee leaders will offer their reflections, and there will be a special performance by country music artist, Dustin Lynch, who received his education in Tennessee schools.

Senator Bill Frist, chairman and founder of SCORE and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, will be our emcee for the evening. In this video, Senator Frist explains why the SCORE Prize is important to educators, students, parents, and community leaders.

I hope that you will join us at Laura Turner Concert Hall in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. Tickets to the SCORE Prize event are free, but seating is limited so please reserve your seat now.

Incredible work is being done every day by our educators to prepare students for success. Together our teachers, school leaders, parents, and students have made Tennessee the fastest improving state for student achievement.

Please join us at the SCORE Prize event to celebrate our amazing progress.

Very truly yours,

Jamie Signature 4-2014