24 Sep 2013
- Written by Aisling Maki /Special to The New Tri-State Defender
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Community members are gearing up to host pep rallies for students and teachers on Friday, Oct. 4 to mark the completion of the first quarter of the school year for the unified Shelby County Schools district.
The purpose of the School Success Splash, as it's been dubbed, is to bolster community support for public school children and those who teach them.
Groups of volunteer "cheerleaders" carrying pompoms and signs bearing positive messages will gather outside as many schools as possible one hour before the bell rings to show support for students and appreciation for teachers as the academic day begins.
The effort is being led by Our Children. Our Success., a coalition of nonprofit partners whose goal is to encourage the Memphis and Shelby County community to participate and invest in the lives, education and general wellbeing of its children.
The coalition consists of 14 nonprofit partners, including Leadership Memphis, Pink Palace Family of Museums, Shepherding the Next Generation and the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis.
"The Pink Palace Family of Museums is excited to participate in the School Success Splash," said Steve Pike, Pink Palace Family of Museums director. "As an organization whose sole purpose is to support the community through promoting an understanding of science and history, we want to take this opportunity to show our schools that the Pink Palace Family of Museums supports parents, teachers and students."
As part of the coalition's ongoing work, Our Children. Our Success. partners last summer hosted a series of town hall meetings to help prepare parents and students for the 2013-14 school year.
"The goal of ensuing access to a quality educational experience for our youth requires active engagement and commitment from all sectors," said Jacqueline E. Oselen, program coordinator at partner organization Leadership Memphis. "The cooperative effort of the Our Children. Our Success. partners models the approach of the community working together cooperatively, moving in the same direction to prepare our children for success now and in the future."
Members of the community are invited to participate in Friday's School Success Splash by registering at www.ourchildrenoursuccess.com.
(Commemorative T-shirts are available on the website for $10, with proceeds benefitting SCS and SchoolSeed, an independent nonprofit that works with the community to support efforts that positively impact teachers and students.)