August 21, 2012
LA VERGNE -- For the fifth year in a row, employees of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in
Smyrna have collected much-needed school supplies for the students of La Vergne Lake Elementary.
“You wouldn’t know it by looking at the outside of this building, but a lot of our kids come from low-income families,” said principal Jeff McCann, who has led the school since its opening in 2007.
About 70 percent of the school’s 900 students are considered economically disadvantaged, meaning they qualify for free or reduced lunch. McCann’s search for an Adopt-A-School partner began shortly after the K-5 school’s opening. His desire was to partner with StoneCrest, which opened in late 2003.
TriStar StoneCrest CEO Mark Sims said the Smyrna hospital’s 500 employees have embraced the school. “They get excited about the back-to-school drive and anything else we work together on during the year. Even though we’re so close to Nashville, it was