Inside Kairos Services, double doors opened, and children ran excitedly to a large table set up with green and gold pawns. Rather than video games and iPads, these children are excited about chess, just one of the disciplines taught during Kamp KSI.
Kairos, a nonprofit that works to help people become self-sufficient through employment, hosted an open house for the camp, which is in its second year. The camp for children ages 6-12 teaches an array of disciplines to foster critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. Herbert Lester, executive director, says the goal is to prepare children to be globally competent, which will help them secure jobs and become model citizens.
"The United States has fallen in academics compared to other countries. Our children must learn skills and competencies to compete with students from across the globe," Lester says. "Kamp KSI equips our campers to think critically, problem solve creatively and work collaboratively through fun activities that children enjoy."
Jackie Robinson Day – celebrated this week – is the annual day when Major League Baseball celebrates the incredible change and integration Robinson helped usher into the sport, and society as a whole.
Robinson broke baseball's color barrier so that more African-American players would have the chance to play the "national pastime" at its highest level.
Sadly, 60-plus years later, potential black players aren't taking advantage of that opportunity.
Last month, the league released a report that said just 8.3 percent of players on 2014 opening day rosters identified themselves as black.
Students in the Career Development /Job Placement program at The Arc Mid-South recently had the opportunity to get valuable hands-on experience and job training.
Thanks to a collaborative project between Volunteer Mid-South and CN Railroad, the students assembled "build your own emergency preparedness" kits to be given to students in Title 1 programs in area schools.
The bags included a calendar with disaster tips, a card with disaster numbers and information, and an activity book for kids provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) that focuses on responding to disasters in a fun format.
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AFRICA IN APRIL: Children & Senior Citizens Day
International Diversity Parade
10:30 a.m. | Beale Street @ Robert R. Church Park
* Dopeness: The Lyric Lounge
8:00 p.m. | KPreSha Boutique
* "unMosqued" Documentary Showing
7:30 p.m. | Memphis Islamic Center
Anna Richardson walked assuredly, a smile on her face, clutching the documentation she received after voting for the first time in her life.
For Richardson, 52, her first voting experience was an early-voting journey. She was among those who cast ballots Wednesday morning at the Shelby County Office Building at 157 Poplar Ave. on the first day for early voting.
Early voting for the May 6th Shelby County Democratic and Republican Primary Elections runs through May 1st. Voting at satellite sites begins on April 25th. Until then, those who choose to weigh in early must take advantage of the Downtown opportunity.
One of the city's most anticipated annual festivals marks the richness and diversity of African cultures, and this year's schedule of events will not disappoint, according to founder and executive director, David L. Acey Sr.
"The 2014 Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, slated for April 16-20, will honor the West African country of Burkina Faso, a beautiful, lush expanse of land sharing its border with six other nations," said Acey.
"Much of the nation's population boasts descent from the Mossi Warriors, who ruled over one of the most powerful empires in West Africa from the 11th century up to the 19th century."
Burkina is largely desert in the north region and rolling grasslands spotted with bushes in the central and southern regions, said Acey.
The Southbrook Mall's future as part of a viable Whitehaven business community is still uncertain following the City Council's meeting on Tuesday (April 15th).
Cherry Davis, spokesperson for Southbrook Properties, the non-profit pushing the remodeling, termed the latest delay "disheartening" and said the development group would decide later what is the next step.
For more than two years, Southbrook Properties has sought $1.5 million in taxpayer funding to repair the mall's roof and for ventilation and infrastructure needs.