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City crafts F.U.N. program to fill summer-hunger gap

For many children who receive free and reduced meals at school, summer – which can be an exciting time – can also mean hunger.

To address this need and support wellness among city youth, the City of Memphis created the program F.U.N. (Fitness, Unity, Nutrition) as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. The initiative is locally supported by over $125,000 in funding from Cigna and Cigna Foundation.

"Hunger does not take a break, and just as learning does not end with the dismissal of school, neither does a child's need for nutrition," said Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. "With summer right around the corner, it's time to think about keeping Memphis children eating healthy during these months."

Limitless Malik: First grader counts to 10,000,000,000

limitless-a-600Malik Givens is a first grade student at White's Chapel Elementary School. He is the son of Erika Brown and the student of Valerie Smith. Malik is a very inquisitive and happy child. His younger twin siblings are in pre-K at White's Chapel also, and he loves being a big brother.

In room 1-02, (The Smithsmiles Classroom) there is a banner that asks the question, "Have you used your brain today?" Malik thinks it is fun to use your brain, and when he does, it makes him feel good all day.

A very creative artist, Malik also enjoys reading and writing large numbers. One day in December 2012, he completed a 100 grid as part of his morning work, and then asked Ms. Smith, if he could count to a billion. The question was surprising to her, coming from a six-year-old first grader.

Nutritional recipes for post-holiday reset

Chef Timothy Moore-160On Memorial Day, the nation honored its war dead and those who are making the ultimate sacrifice to keep this country safe and secure. For some people, it was a celebration; for others, a remembrance.

Now that the celebration is over and you're no longer feasting on that slab of pork ribs and other meats, I'd be remiss if I didn't try to refocus your attention on maintaining a healthy diet. Below are some basic, delicious and healthy recipes that you can make without difficulty. They're simple and fun. So let's move forward to better nutritional choices.

New birth date requirement for kindergarten and Pre-K signup

UnifiedSchools2Logos-400OK parents, take note. Tennessee has a new birth date requirement for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten enrollment for the 2013-14 academic year, and subsequent years.

Check out the new guidelines.

Public kindergarten programs:

Children entering kindergarten must be five years of age on or before Aug. 31, 2013 for the 2013-14 school year. For the years that follow, children must be age five on or before August 15.

Hands held high reflect a teacher to count on

raised hands-600Chauncey Lane – seventh grade math teacher at Hickory Hill Middle School – stands before a class of eager students with their hands raised skyward. He has a big question about fraction multiplication and the hands are linked to minds eager to answer.

The classroom walls are stripped bare to lower distractions during end-of-year standardized testing. The exception is Lane's TCAP Hall of Fame. It's his way of recognizing students who have excelled in the mathematics portion of the state's comprehensive test, while motivating others.

This week (May 18-25) Lane is being recognized by the district and the Memphis community for his achievement in the classroom. He is part of the I Teach. I Am...an Irreplaceable exhibit. Six hundred teachers in Memphis City Schools will be honored daily through the multi-media exhibit at 75 S. Main from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Manassas on a roll with 100 percent graduation

manassas-600Manassas High School principal James Griffin, who was challenged as a youth by the same type of economic trials his students now face, developed an idea to help dreams come true, not for some, but all of his graduating class.

On Saturday, May 25, at 5 p.m., 100 percent of Manassas' 12th graders and eligible 11th graders will graduate at the Cannon Center – not a small triumph since the principal inherited a 55 percent graduation rate in 2010 prior to his arrival.

Not only will his 119 graduates receive diplomas, each has already received at least two acceptance letters from post-secondary educational institutions that will lead to a career path.

Kroger keeps its word with $5 million Whitehaven upgrade

Kroger-600A $5 million remodeling of Kroger's Whitehaven store at 1212 E. Shelby Drive already was being greeted as a welcome addition a full 24 hours before the official announcement on Thursday (May 23).

The store will remain open during the six-month renovation, which started this week.

"It's perfect timing. It needs modernizing, and they need to be aware of the younger people in the area," said Sabrina Simmons, who was getting gas at the recently opened Fuel Center on the Kroger lot Wednesday morning.

"For instance, you have Whitehaven High School less than five minutes away. They need to come up with displays, specials and products that they would like. Less of the sugars, candies and sweets; more healthier foods."

  • Written by Tony Jones
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