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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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IPC Summer Camp Report for 2015

The success of the Indianola Promise Community’s summer camp program is measured in more than the fun derived by its hundreds of young campers. “As we wrap up our sixth year of camps, we use data to show us where we’ve been and where we need to go,” said Anthony Powell, an IPC project manager
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IPC Week 2015

“Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. – John F. Kennedy Neighbors, friends, partners and allies are appropriate words to describe the relationship between the Indianola Promise Community and the Delta residents it serves. Location, history, economics and need are the
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