Published on August 6, 2018  

Sixty-seven sixth graders enrolled last week.  The story leaves out the fact that the school is the brainchild of two Samford alums, Ted and Kelly Alling, and that the purpose of the school is to help break the cycle of poverty among families in the Chattanooga area.  In an interview that was published as the school was envisioned, Kelly said, “We want to take care of the whole person.”  Ted and Kelly are living out the full extent of the Samford mission.   

Here's the video, and you can click “not now” when the Facebook box appears:

The world is better because of Ted and Kelly Alling.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.