Student Support



Nancy Flatt, Mae Fowler, Michelle Miller, Cindy Putman, and Bethany Timmerman work together to provide support to elementary and middle school students by facilitating BEST groups.  With a combined 84 years of experience working with students, we delight in seeing students succeed and thrive.  We strive to meet the needs of the whole child by providing the emotional and social support needed to pursue academic and career goals. If your child could benefit from a BEST group, please feel free to click "Contact Us" on the left hand side of the screen. We look forward to serving your child!



Student Support


BEST Peer Support Groups
(Be Each Other's Support Team)

The BEST Peer support groups in schools are offered to  students grieving loss due to:

  • Death
  • Divorce
  • Foster care placement
  • Deployment
  • Living with grandparents
  • Incarceration
  • Other challenging family situations
The curriculum for elementary students, Exploring My Feelings, and the one for middle school students, Navigating this Maze of Emotions, contain 11 lessons.  All materials  are provided at no cost to students by Heart of the Cumberland Grief Support Center. Putnam County School system employees,, counselors, and community volunteers facilitate groups and backgrounds checks are required.  Teachers, principals, or parents may refer a student to the school counselor. Middle school students are surveyed to identify those who might benefit from a BEST group. Groups are held during encore or an extended lunch period so students do not miss core academic subjects.  School system employees that help facilitate are Nancy Flatt, Mae Fowler, Michelle Miller, Cindy Putman, and Bethany Timmerman..  For more information about the program, please connect to the link below: