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Bringing Physical Education to Delta Schools

In most schools, structured physical education is a fundamental offering. But in a region of the nation where obesity is prevalent and preventive healthcare is hard to find, such curricula shouldn’t seem like a luxury. “Some schools don’t even have P.E. teachers,” said Leslie Johnson, a program director for the Delta Health Alliance. “Hard to
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Neighbors Organizing to Help Each Other

As a city leader, Lisa Bush knows that informed neighbors help her better understand the issues that are important to residents. Bush, an alderwoman in Leland, and also the city’s Vice Mayor, is working with Delta Health Alliance to build an active neighborhood association in her ward.  “Building a stronger, more organized conduit for information results
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Expanding Literacy in a Delta Garden

Literacy grows in a garden. Just ask Ankyla Russell. “I never knew that ‘Marigold’ was a type of flower. I never knew that word, not before this camp,” said Ankyla, a 5thgrader at Leland Elementary School. “I want to be a teacher when I grow up, and what I’m learning here will help me be
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Leland Summer Camp Expands Horizons

Caydence Bennett loves to eat ants, but only if they’re perched on a log. “Oh, they taste so good,” said the 10-year-old Leland Elementary School student. “Everyone at camp loves them.” In reality, those ants on a log are raisins in peanut butter on sticks of celery, and the camp is the Art of Living
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Mammography Screening Comes to Leland

Betty Jackson understands that distance and good health are inextricably linked in the Mississippi Delta. That’s why a new mammography program at the Leland Medical Clinic is so important. “That’s a ‘plus’ location,” said Betty, 65, a retired administrative assistant for the Leland School District. “Normally I’d have to go to Greenville for a screening,
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Deer Creek 2018 Summer Camps

Summer camps are now being offered to students of the Leland and Hollandale school districts by the Deer Creek Promise Community. As Caleb Herod, who oversees the summer camps, said, “We don’t want this to just be an extension of the school year. We want them to experience the things they may not get in
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Realizing Dreams in the Delta

Sometimes, a single mom with a fulltime job and an energetic young son needs a pep talk to help her realize her dreams. “It can all become so overwhelming and you just want to give up, but they wouldn’t let me,” recalled Tracee Townsend. “They talked to me and encouraged me and helped me to
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Taking Ownership of Your Future in the Delta

Myeisha Smith has learned that every action she takes is the result of a choice, and now she’s all about making sure her choices are good ones. “I want to make the best decisions I can while I’m in high school so I can get to college and live my dreams,” said Myeisha, 16, a
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Helping Delta Students Obtain a College Degree

Ayanna Harris wants to be prepared for life’s emergencies. She wants to graduate from college with as little debt as possible. And she wants to be financially responsible in all that she undertakes. Call it a DREAM scenario. “What I’ve learned is that saving money is really, really, really important if you want to advance
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Ensuring Healthy Babies in the Delta

Sophia Young wants to be more than a number. And when it comes to pregnancy, she knows that some numbers can be life altering. In March 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 10 percent of pregnant women who gave birth in Mississippi in 2016 smoked cigarettes during pregnancy, which was about
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