Closed Bachman Academy is still helping students

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 4/23/19

Mark Frizzell, director of Bachman Foundation, recently shared how monies from the sale of a former private school in Bradley County have continued to help the community. 

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Closed Bachman Academy is still helping students

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Mark Frizzell, director of the Bachman Foundation, recently shared how monies from the sale of a former private school in Bradley County have continued to help the community. 

The foundation was founded after Bachman Academy, a private school for students with learning disabilities, closed in 2017. 

While speaking to the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club, Frizzell shared how leaders with the foundation are continuing to help students with “learning differences” — just in a different way. 

“The heart of what we do has always been the same,” Frizzell said. 

After the school was closed and the property was sold, the board decided to launch the foundation, which supports programs helping students with learning disabilities and provides scholarships for students attending private schools and enrichment camps. 

Frizzell, who had been headmaster of Bachman Academy, said it was sad to see the school close, but he is happy about what the foundation has accomplished. 

“So far, we have awarded $115,365 in donations, and we are still going,” Frizzell said. 

Donations have been given to the following area organizations and schools: Cleveland Christian School, Mending Arrow Ranch, Cleveland First Church of the Nazarene, Black Fox Equestrian Center, Skyukah Hall, Beacon Academy, Family Cornerstones Inc. and Orange Grove Center. 

Another donation was made to help a former Bachman Academy student with living expenses as she attends a school in Massachusetts. 

An estimated 13 percent of all students in the United States are “in need of some kind of individualized education,” Frizzell said. Students from across the country who, for whatever reason, did not succeed in public school found a home at Bachman Academy. 

Frizzell said the Bachman Foundation is continuing to help students like these as they and their families seek out help from other organizations and schools. 

The foundation is continuing to accept applications from organizations and individual students in need. Visit its website — www.bachmanfoundation.org — for more information on the foundation, and how to apply.

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