The historic 2010 flood in Nashville, Tennessee, while devastating, presented an opportunity to SYF to implement the new classroom model (described above) for the very first time.
The Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills (Tennessee's largest outlet, value retail, shopping, dining, and entertainment destination) was completely destroyed by the flood. It was rebuilt using the new classroom model, and now stands alone among 23 Simon Youth Academies as the model academy. Reopened in August 2012, students, teachers, and administrators cannot seem to say enough positive things about the new academy, and SYF is now working to retrofit the other 22 academies to provide all the other students and teachers with 21st Century classroom environments. But these renovations cost money that SYF currently doesn't have.
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