Short news items from around the community
Deltas to host Scholarship Breakfast and Silent Auction
Twelve Shelby County high school students will receive a 2012 Bettye Donahue Scholarship sponsored by the Shelby County (TN) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the 2nd annual “Hats for Bettye Scholarship Breakfast and Silent Auction” on Saturday (April 28) at Appling Banquet Manor at 1755 Appling Road in Cordova.
The recipients are: Tiereny Calvin, Terrica Dixon, Jerelyn Carmichael, Brandon Hooks, Alisha Nicks, Alexandria Miller, Adrianne Miller, Kailyn Townsend, Gerricka Woods, Marian Glass, Steven Johnson, and Simone Hawkins.
The scholarship’s namesake, Bettye Donahue, enjoyed a 30-year teaching career with Memphis City Schools and served as president of the Memphis Education Association. She is a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and played an integral role in chartering the Shelby County (TN) Alumnae Chapter.
‘Next steps’ for schools on town hall agenda for May 1
School Board Commissioner Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. will host the 2nd annual countywide town hall meeting for teachers, parents, students and community stakeholders on Tuesday (May 1) at 6 p.m.
The meeting is to receive input so that “next steps” can be taken to “reclaim our schools for every child in Shelby County.” Free popcorn will be provided for children.
The New Olivet is located at 3084 Southern Ave. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
Local Democrats plan resource center opening
The Tennessee Democratic Party will host the grand opening and Ribbon Cutting for the West Tennessee Democratic Resource Center on Saturday (April 28), with the opening at 1 p.m. and the ribbon cutting at 2 p.m.
The special guests are Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Congressman Steve Cohen. The center is located at 3294 Poplar Ave., Suite 310.
Attendees are asked to donate office supplies to help operate the new regional resource center. The sponsors are: A & R Bar-B-Que, Cooper Hotels, Ryan Properties, and Wharton.
BRIEFLY: Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will deliver the commencement address to Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Class of 2012 on May 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss.
BRIEFLY: Victory University conducted its first internal United Way Drive last December, with a first year campaign goal of $2,000. An total of $10,257.00 was reached by early spring. President Shirley Robinson Pippins recently presented the campaign results to the United Way of the Mid-South. The United Way also presented an award to Victory University for outstanding organizational achievement and commitment in support of the 2011 campaign for United Way of the Mid-“South.
BRIEFLY: The next Transition Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday (April 26) at 5 p.m. This meeting will be at the Memphis & Shelby County Construction Code Enforcement Office in the large conference room, 6465 Mullins Station Road. For more information, visit www.ourvoiceourschools.org.