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Thankful Thursday: Tennessee Wesleyan University

Community | SouthEast Bank | October 20, 2020

Tennessee Wesleyan University is focused on its students' futures, and this #ThankfulThursday, we're highlighting their dedication to excellence both in and out of the classroom.

Not only has the school transitioned to a flexible format so students can study either digitally or in-person, but has also taken several measures to ensure continued academic success. As a leader in the Athens community, Tennessee Wesleyan hosts an annual area college fair, which it transitioned to an electronic format this year. Instead of putting their educational futures on hold, prospective students were able to meet remotely with several different schools in a safe, socially-distant way.

In addition to paving the way for academic opportunities, Tennessee Wesleyan students and staff are also making an impact outside of the campus community through the Love Thy Neighbor Project.

The Love Thy Neighbor Project is a food pantry developed with the aim of eliminating food insecurity in Athens and McMinn County. Volunteers have seen an increase in visitors since the COVID-19 outbreak began, and student-led project has served more than 2,500 clients in the last year. They also provide weekend meals to community children and youth through the Back Sacks program.

We're proud to be part of a community full of hardworking, dedicated individuals. Join us in celebrating the amazing faculty, staff and students at Tennessee Wesleyan, as well as the many educators who make East and Middle Tennessee great! For more information about Tennessee Wesleyan University, visit

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