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Leland Neighborhood Garden

The residents of Leland’s Ward Three are all about growth. Less than a year after forming their own neighborhood association, they are now breaking ground on a neighborhood garden that will enhance the quality of life for the entire community. “Ward Three is such an active collection of neighborhoods, and we want to be part
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Leland Frogfest

As she ran her first Mississippi road race along the banks of Deer Creek, Heather Gholson took in the fall scenery surrounding this Delta community. “It’s just so pretty out here and the people are so great,” said Heather, who, with her husband, Drew, recently moved to Leland from College Station, Tex. “This event is
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Head Start Jobs Fair

A quality education program for children in Sunflower County begins with quality adults to lead the way. Judging by the sheer number of people who showed up at a recent jobs fair for the county’s Head Start program, the kids will be in good hands. An hour before the jobs fair began at The Capps
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EATS Final Strategy Meeting

Ensuring a healthy community food system in the Mississippi Delta requires a vision from those who want it to succeed. Savannah Arneson, a dietetic intern with Delta State University, sees a united community “that is progressively working towards the education and increased consumption of fresh, local foods in all schools.” Caroline Francisco, an AmeriCorps-FoodCorps member
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Delta Futures II

When it comes to preventing teen pregnancy, Nakisha Watts wants to ensure that no group of young people falls through the cracks. “It’s so important that we have a prevention program that’s focused on those older adolescents who aren’t in high school,” said Watts, a program manager for the Delta Health Alliance (DHA). “This program
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Tobacco Prevention

Daisia Stewart wants to make sure that the people around her understand the harmful effects of tobacco. “Because as society grows, these manufacturers will continue to add more addictive chemicals to their products,” said the Madison Palmer High School senior. “Our youth, as young as middle school students, are using tobacco and electronic cigarettes. They
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FAST

Strengthening families within their communities and schools has always been an important part of the Delta Health Alliance (DHA). Now one program is building on that effort. FAST, or Families & Schools Together, is bringing families in the Deer Creek Promise Community together in a 10-week program that focuses on the simple, but vital act
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Quality Childcare Initiative Staff Recognition

Tara Nelson’s love of children drove her to excellence. “It’s seeing their eyes light up when they learn something new,” said Tara, a childcare instructor at Mother Goose Learning Center. “I have a love for children and that’s what caused me to do it.” What Tara and 20 other area childcare instructors have done is
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Deer Creek Summer Writing Camp

Jessica Easley wants her students to know that when they’re expressing themselves through writing, there’s no way to go wrong. “Seeing these students fall in love with writing and grow as writers is what I enjoy most,” said Easley. “I enjoy the moment when I see them realize they are writers.” Easley was talking about
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Family Garden Night

In the end, it was the “blender bike” that proved a big hit. But the simple act of gardening, and its ability to change lives, was the theme.  The blender bike – a bicycle equipped with blades in place of rear wheels – mixed smoothies for participants who attended a recent Family Garden Night at
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