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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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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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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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Delta EATS Grant

Ryan Betz envisions a day when as much as 15 percent of the food served in Hollandale, Leland and Shaw schools is coming from local gardens and farmers.  “We’re still a long way off, but we have to take small bites to get to where we want to be,” said Betz, a certified gardener and
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DREAMS New House

Sheila Rosco became emotional recently as she carried boxes into the place she plans to call home for the rest of her life. “I’m just so overwhelmed and excited that I’m a homeowner,” Sheila said as her voice broke fighting back tears. “It was a long process, but I did this! My children are so
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Sanders School Garden

Jarvonte Edwards and Lawrence Woods are more than schoolmates. They’re garden buddies in a newly cultivated plot of ground outside their classroom. “We’re out here planting all the plants and spreading the soil to make the beds,” said Jarvonte, 10, a fifth-grader at Hollandale’s Sanders Elementary School. “And we’re learning what it takes to grow
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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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Early Childhood Education in the Delta

A simple greeting can mean the difference between a good day and bad one, and Kenya Raymond wants every day to be good. “It’s important to know how a person wants to be greeted, both parents and children,” said Raymond, an Early Head Start Child Care Partnership instructor from Moorhead. “It’s all part of interacting
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Gardening in Indianola

  The fruits of hard work take know-how to grow. The roots of that fruit, however, lie deep within a community. Ryan Betz and Marilyn James represent the best of both of those necessary ingredients. Betz is a gardener and project coordinator for the Delta Health Alliance, who just completed a three-week professional certification program
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