Non-profit donates $1M to Hamilton Co. schools for bible education

Bible in the Schools, a 96-year old local nonprofit organization, presented a gift from the community of $1,076,631 to the Hamilton County Department of Education to fully fund last school year’s 2016-2017 Bible History program. Pictured (from left) are Bible in the Schools’ President Mrs. Cathy Scott and Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson. (Photo: Bible in the Schools)

A local non-profit organization gives Hamilton County schools a gift of 1 million dollars - with a very specific purpose.

That money from the group Bible in the Schools will pay for an elective Bible History program for the academic year.

The non-profit says the class will focus on the historical components of the Bible.

The group says on its website that "HCDE enrollment data reported 3,736 students in grades 6-12 elected an optional Bible History class during the 2016-2017 school year — a 4.3% increase over the 2015-2016 year."

“To the best of our knowledge, this represents over 9 decades of sustained private contributions to public education in the history of our community — an annual tradition that goes back to 1922,” HCDE Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson told the group.

Hamilton County's Department of Education says the Bible History elective course is added to the curriculum as a gift to the schools and does not come at a cost to the taxpayers.

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