Short news items from around the community
Cohen to host sessions on education and infant mortality
Congressman Steve Cohen will join with the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to host “Together for Tomorrow: A Town Hall on Community Engagement in Education” at Westside Middle School – located at 3389 Dawn Drive – on April 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The Town Hall is designed to help spotlight and foster partnerships between schools, families, national service programs, and community-based organizations to help improve our lowest-performing schools.
On April 14, Cohen will host a “Forum on Infant Mortality” from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hollywood Community Center located at 1560 North Hollywood St., Memphis, TN. Participants include: Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, acting director of HHS Office of Minority Health; Tonya Lewis Lee, national best-selling author, award-winning TV producer and the face of a national infant mortality campaign; Dr. Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy, UTHSC, Leader of The MED’s Newborn Center; A local peer educator from the “Health Baby Begins With You” Campaign; and Keisha M. Walker, administrator, Office of Early Childhood and Youth.
Memphis’ Shannon Wright advances in Boys & Girls Clubs regional competition
Shannon Wright, a senior at Kingsbury High, has been selected to represent Tennessee at the Southeast Regional Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year Competition.
Wright represented the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis (BGCM) after being selected from six candidates representing each of the Memphis clubs. Each candidate had to be nominated by a Boys & Girls Club staff member, submit an essay and compete in an interview and speech competition.
The Youth of the Year contest evaluates a member’s poise, character, community service, academics and service to his or her club. Many of the contestants’ essays focus on the life-changing impact of BGCM and the personal challenges and obstacles they have overcome.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent the state of Tennessee,” Wright said. “It is an awesome feeling having this kind of responsibility!”
Wright has been a member of the Ira Samelson Jr. Branch for many years. She represented BGCM at the state level in 2011 and was named second runner-up. In her year as BGCM Youth of the Year, she spoke in front of the Black Caucus, appeared on “Good Morning Memphis,” and recited her speech in front of more than 700 people at the United Way Luncheon.
Early registration looms for Summer Camp 2012
Early Registration for City of Memphis Summer Camp 2012 is April 14 from 9 a.m. until noon at all Memphis Community Centers. Over 2,100 campers are expected to attend 25 camps throughout the city this year, including one camp for special needs.
Camp is open to children ages 5 to 12 years old and a Teen Camp will be held for teenagers 13 to 15 years old. The dates are June 11 through July 27. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday
The City of Memphis resident fee is $162 per child or $81 (discount rate) per child on verified government assistance. The non-resident fee is $324. The early arrival fee is $35 for one child and $55 for two or more.
Parents who take advantage of early registration have the option to pay in full and have a guaranteed spot or pay half of total fees and have a guaranteed spot for 30 days. Balance of partial payments must be received on or before regular registration May 12. Payment is to be made by money order or cashier’s check only.
Regular Registration will be Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. until noon and late registration will be June 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at all centers with available slots. Participants with special needs should register at the Raymond Skinner center. For more information, call 901-576-4203, your local community center, or visit www.memphistn.gov and follow the link to Summer Camp 2012.
LOC’s Concert Choir tuned up for annual spring concert
The LeMoyne-Owen College Concert Choir’s annual spring concert is set for April 18, beginning at 7 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1000 South Cooper.
The choir, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and other standards from the choral repertoire. Choir director Dr. Allen Todd says concertgoers should be prepared to enjoy a diverse program.
“We’ll also sing spirituals and gospels, along with music from Africa,” said Todd.
The concert is free and open to public.
For more information, contact Dr. Allen at 901-435-1310.
BRIEFLY: In an effort to promote health and wellness to the local community, Methodist South Hospital will host its fourth annual Whitehaven Healthy Community Day on Saturday, April 14 at 1300 Wesley Drive. For more information, visit www.methodisthealth.org/healthwalk or call 901-516-3580.