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DCPC Literacy Coalition Week

Shambria Chillis wants to pass on her love of reading to her children. She knows that the simple act of watching her read can have a profound influence in their lives. “Skylar is a kindergarten student at Leland Early Learning Institute,” Shambria explained. “I want to encourage him to read more and instill the love
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College Tours

High school senior Raven Davis stood in the student union of the University of Memphis as part of a college tour recently when she received an email that couldn’t have come at a better time. In one of the great “wow” moments of her life, Raven was reading her acceptance letter to the university at
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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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Training Workers in Sunflower County

Workforce training is much more than classes, instruction, and learning the nuts and bolts of a prospective job. No one knows that better than Todd Donald. “Maybe a student needs a place to live, assistance with housing. Or maybe that student needs to be able to put food on the table while going to classes.
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Girl Scouts Celebrate Christmas in Indianola

For every gift she gave to an elderly resident this holiday season, Savannah Nissen received a hug in return. And that’s just the way she liked it. “It’s fun and I’m learning to help older people,” said the 7-year-old Girl Scout. “They wrap their arms around us and tell us ‘thank you’ and that makes
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Getting Ready for Kindergarten in Indianola

When it comes to kindergarten students in this Delta town, academic readiness has become a community affair, and the success of that effort was cause for a recent celebration. “This is what happens when everyone moves in the same direction and aligned in a way that results in success for these children,” said Josh Davis,
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Becoming Barbers in Indianola

For longtime barber Bryant Smith, hair is a renewable resource that can provide a future for Indianola’s young people. “It can provide these kids with more than a job. It can teach them to be entrepreneurs and business owners. It can build self-esteem and confidence,” said Smith. “It’s a profession that’s been very good to
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Help for the Homeless in Indianola

Collaboration, cooperation and teamwork have always been a hallmark of the Indianola Promise Community, so when IPC wanted to be more active in assisting Sunflower County’s homeless population, they found a partner just across the county line. “We’re working with the Bolivar County Community Action Agency and its Rapid Re-Housing Program to find housing for
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Indianola Youth Council is Changing Lives

As a member of the inaugural 2012-13 class of the Indianola Youth Council, Julien Whitfield understands the impact such an organization can have on a young life. “Being part of it for four years has given me a good foundation, taught me to be a better leader and not to be afraid,” said the 17-year-old
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Being GREAT in Indianola

Zhanecia Birrages wants to be great. So she’s joined a new program in which being great is more than just an adjective. “I like helping people and I want to give back to my community,” said Zhanecia, 19. “And I want to excel.” To meet those goals, she has joined a program offered by the
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