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EDUCATION BRIEFS: South Third Health Loop to host back-to school health fair

The Health Loop Primary Care Network, a part of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis family, is hosting a Back To School Community Health Fair on Saturday, Aug. 4. The health fair will be held from noon until 3 p.m. at South Third Health Loop, located in the Southgate Shopping Center at 1955 South Third Street.

The event is designed to provide opportunity for the surrounding community to learn how to improve their health while also learning about health services available in their own backyard. Health screenings at the event will include cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure. Attendees will also enjoy entertainment, workshops, face painting and games.

The community health fair has a special back-to-school theme, with a goal of preparing students and their families for a healthy start to the school year. While supplies last, school-aged children in attendance will be gifted school supplies donated by the staff at Regional Medical Center at Memphis and health fair partners The Life Church and Memphis Athletic Ministries.

The South Third Health Loop is one of four physician offices that are part of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis' primary care network.

East High students called to serve in Binghampton

First Baptist Church – Broad and The Peer Power Foundation are partners in an upcoming back-to-school festival at East High School and a new initiative to foster volunteer service among East High students in the Binghampton neighborhood near the school.

Through a 10,000-hour challenge, Peer Power and its community partners are calling on students at East High in each grade level to perform at least 2,500 hours of service in the Binghampton area during the upcoming school year and cooperating to help them accomplish the ambitious goal.

"An important part of education is learning about the world around you. By helping East High students help others, they will learn new skills, develop new confidence and grow as they step-up to serve others," said Meah King, an English teacher and coordinator of the Peer Power programs at East High.

A back-to-school festival where East High students may pick up school supplies and their families may receive information from a variety of community partners is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 4) in the East High Auditorium.

Festival participants include: Christ United Methodist Church, Bridges, Olympic Staffing, Benjamin Hooks Central Library, Mesick Adult Learning Center and MATA, among others.

The Peer Power Foundation, founded by Memphis businessman and philanthropist Charles McVean, provides funding for peer-tutoring and other enrichment programs at public schools in Memphis and the Mid-South.

'Stop the Killing' Back 2 School family and community rally

F.F.U.N. (Freedom from Unnecessary Negatives) will host its 9th Annual "Stop the Killing" Back 2 School family and community rally on Saturday (Aug. 4) at the Hollywood Community Center located at 1560 N. Hollywood in north Memphis.

"We must educate our youth and teach them that there are consequences for bad choices, negative behavior, negative influences," said Stevie Moore, president and founder of F.F.U.N. "Stop the Killing."

Doors open at 10 a.m. for registration, with the event at 11 a.m. The event is free and will feature school supplies, dental screenings, food/beverage and live entertainment.

For more information, contact Stevie Moore at 502-7387; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visit ffunsaveyouth.org.

Fathers encouraged to take their children to school on first day

On Monday, Aug. 6, The Kelley Price Project encourages Memphis fathers to take their children to school on their first day for the 2012-13 school year.

"We are asking fathers and other significant male figures to volunteer 10 hours during the academic year in their children's schools," said Kelley D. Price, CEO of The Kelley Price Project.

Volunteer opportunities include serving as mentors, tutors, chaperones and various other roles.

Price and a host of fathers will be escorting their children and grandchildren to their first day at Kipp Collegiate at 230 Henry.

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