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Short items of interest from around the community Loretta McNary searches for world’s best mom

The “Loretta McNary Show” is sponsoring its 3rd annual essay contest to find the best mom in the world.  

Essays must be typed, double-spaced, 12 font, and 300 words or less. They should also include the best advice that your Mom has given you. The essay header must include your name, age, address, a primary phone number, an alternate phone number, and a valid email address. Entries will be divided into three age categories: 7-12, 13-18, and 19 and older.  Essays will be judged on grammar and content.  Judges decisions will be final.

Essays should be emailed as a MS Word attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to Loretta McNary Show, c/o McNary TV Studio, 6116 Hickory Ridge Mall, Suite 268, Memphis TN, 38115.  The deadline for entries is 6 p.m. on April 20.

Three moms will be chosen from each age category to receive a dozen roses, a limousine ride to downtown Memphis, a gift basket/bag filled with prizes, and a featured appearance during the live taping of “The Loretta McNary Show.”  All 9 winners will be notified by April 27.  Each winner will be asked to read a portion of their winning essay during the taping.

Contestants must be present at the May 6taping to receive their prizes. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; visit www.LorettaMcNary.com.

Langston, Memphis Chapter regroups and moves forward

The Greater Memphis Area Chapter of Langston University National Alumni Association has been reactivated. Officers for 2011-12 are: Don Williams, president; Odell Nathaniel, vice president; Geraldine Williams, secretary; and George Reynolds, treasurer.  

The chapter is seeking membership of former students, graduates, former alumni members and persons who would like to participate as associate members. In addition, the chapter is seeking persons who would like to donate and support the effort to give scholarships to area high school students who attend Langston University.

The next LU-Greater Memphis Area Chapter meeting will be April 23 at 10 a.m. at Northside High School at 1212 Vollintine Ave.

For more information, contact: Lucious Siggers, membership committee,  luciousr.­This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 901-279-5790; Don Williams, president, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 901- 385-9950; Rose V. Payne, southern regional director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 901-386-3437.

Men plan to step for women at Broad Ave. Art Walk, April 15

Men from throughout Memphis and Shelby County plan to march in April – some in red high heels or other women’s shoes – to shine a light on violence against women and children.

The second annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes“! starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, and this years masculine stroll around the Broad Avenue Arts District is a sanctioned event at the district’s Spring Art Walk that night. It also is one of several events in recognition of April as National Crime Victim’s Month.

The walk, starting at 2497 Broad Ave. is sponsored by Memphis Men for Memphis Women. Men pay $20 to walk ($10 for students) or collect that much from individuals who sponsor them. Proceeds benefit the domestic violence awareness programs of the Memphis Area Women’s Council (MAWC).

“Last year we had men of all ages participating in our first walk, held downtown,” said MAWC executive director Deborah M. Clubb. “We raised some much-needed money, drew the community’s attention to the effects of family violence, and it was great fun for everybody – on-looking women especially.”

Although most major crimes have been decreasing in the metro area over the last few years, reports on acts of domestic violence have increased. MAWC is charged with coordinating a community response to domestic violence under the auspices of Operation: Safe Community. The agency has developed materials about the problem and how various portions of the community can respond. It also helped established a Web site, www.erasedomesticcrime.com.

Memphis City School Briefs
Former East High valedictorian helps Texas A&M capture NCAA crown

Adrianne Pratcher, valedictorian of the 2009 East High School class, plays basketball for the Texas A&M women’s team, which beat Stanford Sunday night, landing them in last Tuesday’s NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship Game.

Pratcher and Texas A&M then took out Notre Dame, to win the school’s first NCAA Women’s Basketball title. Pratcher logged two minutes of playing time in the victory.

Colonial Middle opens CAPA art student work on Rwandan genocide

The eighth-grade CAPA art students at Colonial Middle School have created a visual study of the 1994 Rwandan genocide titled “In Remembrance” that will be on exhibit throughout the month of April.

April marks the official month of remembrance for the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which an estimated 1 million people were killed in a span of 100 days. Student-created watercolor paintings tell the full story of the genocide from Belgian colonization and race science, to the lack of U.N. involvement, as well as the experiences of both the victims and perpetrators.

White Station High to host jazz Saxophonist Brian ‘Breeze’ Cayolle

White Station High School music students will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with a special visit from professional jazz saxophonist Brian “Breeze” Cayolle on Friday, April 8 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 Cayolle settled in Memphis after being uprooted from his former residence in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. He will play for the students and speak to them about life as a professional musician.

White Station High’s music students have been studying the history of jazz for the last several weeks in anticipation of the visit

Oakshire Elementary plans TCAP pep rally

Oakshire Elementary will hold its annual TCAP Pep Rally on Friday, April 8 at 11:45 a.m.  

The Oakshire Dolphinettes majorette squad will perform, along with TCAP cheerers from grades two through five. The Havenview band and majorettes will give a special guest performance.  

Expect a “Sea of Blue” as all students, faculty, staff and community members in support of Oakshire Elementary will be earing their Oakshire TCAP shirts. The school is is located at 1765 E. Holmes Rd.  

For more information, contact the school at 416-3140.

Denver Elementary sets TCAP rally

Denver Elementary will hold its annual TCAP Rally on Friday, April 8 at

2:15 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  

Students in grades 3-6 will flex their TCAP muscles during the event as they go head to head and showcase their math, reading and science skills in several academic challenges. Parents are welcome.

Denver Elementary is located at 1940 Frayser Blvd.  For more information, contact the school at 416-3936.

White Station Middle student to perform at The Apollo Theater

White Station Middle School eighth-grader Ira Lewis is no stranger to the stage. From a young age he has performed across the country on shows such as “American Idol.”  

Lewis’s next performance will be Friday, April 8 at theApollo Theater in New York. He will perform “Off The Wall” by Michael Jackson. Not only will he perform, but his father and younger sister will also perform solo performances that night.

Lewis not only performs professionally, he is also a member of the White Station Middle School performing Choir.

Berclair Elementary slates Annual Spring Cleanup

Berclair Elementary and school adopter Second Presbyterian Church will hold its Annual Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

School staff, families of students, neighborhood supporters and volunteers from Second Presbyterian will come out with rakes, hammers, shovels and smiles to beautify the grounds of Berclair Elementary during the event.

Second Presbyterian will provide lunch for all volunteers and entertainment for children. Berclair Elementary is located at 810 N. Perkins.  

For more information, contact the school at 416-8800.

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