In preparation for Creative Aging's 4th Annual Senior Variety Show, I had the pleasure of judging a talent contest at the Josephine K. Lewis Senior Center on May 22. There were 11 acts and 65 seniors in the audience. It was a wonderful morning showcasing talented, vibrant seniors.
The show opened with Stan McCarver singing "Crazy for You," in a beautifully mellow voice. He was quite confident, and his performance was a joy to hear. Bob Koonce tap-danced to "Rocky Top" with great energy and vitality. Evelyn Taylor Stamps, the winner of the talent showcase, performed a reading of the poem "Little Orphan Annie."
Among several other singers, Eddie Murphy sang "By Your Love" in a magnificent baritone voice that was reminiscent of the late James Hyter. Elnora Buchanan entertained with a lovely piano solo.
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."
Malik 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.
On 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.
OK 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.
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.
Chauncey 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 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.