This is Faculty Appreciation Week on the University of Tennessee campus and we would like to recognize one of our very own KRSS faculty members for the tremendous work she is doing within our program and the surrounding community!
In July 2015 Associate Professor Angela Wozencroft was awarded a grant totaling $869,349 from the Tennessee Department of Education/Special Education Division to help fund the Project TRiPS program through the year 2020. TRiPS is an acronym for Therapeutic Recreation in Public Schools. The grant provides support for Graduate Teaching Assistants to develop recreation therapy programs for children in special education classrooms in ten schools located in Knox and Sevier County Public Schools. Specifically, the grant funds tuition waivers, a monthly stipend, travel, printing, communication, and supplies. The students on the grant gain direct experience in assessment, planning, implementing, documenting and evaluating the programs for children in the special education classes. Additionally, all undergraduate students in the Therapeutic Recreation concentration participate in the TRiPS program as part of their curriculum. Since its inception, Project TRiPS has had a profound impact on all parties involved. We are excited Wozencroft has been awarded additional support so the program can continue to flourish for years to come!