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First Book-Grenada and Entergy Join Together to Promote Literacy

First Book-Grenada and Entergy Join Together to Promote Literacy
The Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce First Book Advisory Board recently received a grant from Entergy Mississippi to help promote Literacy in Grenada.

With the support of Entergy and the community, First Book-Grenada is working to put new books into the hands of children in need.

“We are delighted to partner with Entergy to bring books to the children in this community”, stated Gwen Woodson, community development director. “By working together, we can increase the literacy rate in Grenada.”

First Book-Grenada is part of First Book’s national network of volunteer-led Advisory Boards who provide new books to children in need in communities across the country. Comprised of volunteers from all sectors of the community, First Book - Grenada works to promote and facilitate the distribution of new books to children of literacy programs in the Grenada area.

“In order for our children to love reading and learning, they need to have access to books,” said Phillis Stinson, Chair, First Book – Advisory Board. “With the help of leaders in our community like Jim Lyles from Entergy, more children will receive more books to take home and keep.”

Access to books is essential to reading development. However, 61 percent of low-income families have no books for children in their homes. Additionally, over 80 percent of childcare centers serving low-income children lack age-appropriate books and other print materials. By providing children from low-income families with books they can take home and keep, First Book targets the only variable that correlates significantly with reading scores—the number of books in the home.

About First Book - Grenada
First Book - Grenada has been distributing books to programs serving low-income children since 2006. The First Book Advisory Board is comprised of individuals from the community representing organizations and businesses such as ACI Glass, Grenada School District, Comfort Inn & Suite, Entergy, Chamber, and Retirees. In 2010, First Book - Grenada distributed 2100 books to children participating in programs serving children from low-income families. For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Winner of $250 Chamber Bucks

Winner of $250 Chamber Bucks
After almost not attending the Grenada Chamber Banquet on Thursday, March 10th, Jusqulynn (Tarsha) Phillips of the Moore Law Office, PLLC, one of the banquet’s prime sponsors, was glad she did when she was blessed as one out of two of the door prize recipients. She was not only blessed with the $250 Grenada Bucks Certificate but she also enjoyed the networking, dining & entertainment.

Leadership Grenada - Education, Leadership & Public Speaking

Leadership Grenada - Education, Leadership & Public Speaking
Grenada, Mississippi – On November 18, 2010, the Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 2010-2011 Leadership Grenada program with its third session, “Education, Leadership & Public Speaking”.

This session was filled with exciting tours and an abundance of information. The morning started at Grenada School District Central Office Building (Downtown Main Street) with a welcome and breakfast. Ms. Dottie Taylor gave the invocation and welcome and introduced Dr. David Daigneault who gave a brief overview of what we could expect of the day from our visits with Grenada public schools.

The first stop was a visit to Grenada Elementary School (GES) Kidzeum with Dr. Vivian Simmons and Eloise Portera where the class had a guided tour of the facility and observed a portion of a 4th grade class hands on learning process. It was amazing to learn that Grenada was first in the nation to initiate this type of learning setting and that the idea was conceived from a project of a previous Leadership Grenada class.

The next stop was Grenada Upper Elementary School (GUES), where the group met with the Principal, Dr. Teresa Jackson. Dr. Jackson gave us an overview of some of the activities at the school and led a tour of the cafeteria, the library, and the gym/auditorium. Some of the unique things at this school were that it was the first schools to have picnic benches in the cafeteria and a tree house in the library. It was evident that principal was very excited about her role and has many other plans for improvements in the near future.

The class also had an opportunity to meet with the principals and tour the middle school, the high school, and the vocational school. At Grenada Middle School (GMS), Tim Wilder and Gail Daigneault led a tour of “Walls that Teach”. Most of the walls and floors were painted and/or decorated with educational themes. Dr. Cliff Craven led a tour of the Vocational School where the class learned about programs such as horticulture, nursing, carpentry and mechanics. Lynne Russell gave an overview of the 21st Century program. Which is a new cutting-edge program aimed at “at risk” kids.

Then the class was off to GLAD for a speech entitled “Speech Development & Public Speaking”, by Kevin Jackson, over lunch. This presentation gave many valuable pointers on how to improve public speaking. While there, the class also toured the Culinary Arts classroom and the Parent Center.

After lunch, the class visited Kirk Academy to learn about Grenada’s only private school. While at Kirk’s the class viewed a video of the history of the school and was entertained by students singing, presentations, and scripture recital. The class also toured some classrooms, the library, and the gym.

The last stop was Holmes Community College, where the class me with the new President. The president led a tour showing the class some of the many improvements that he would like to see implemented soon on the campus. The class viewed floor plans for new classrooms and discussed proposed new programs.

Our final destination was back to the Grenada School District Central Office Building. While there we attentively listened to a presentation by Dr. Daigneault, “Qualities of a Leader”. This presentation gave insight on what it takes to be a leader and gave great examples of how to “aim high” against all opposition. Odds are, with determination, your goals will become a reality.

To see videos and photos from this session please visit the Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce web site at: http://www.grenadamississippi.com/index.php?/photos_videos/video/582/ .

Class reporter: La’Keylah White (601) 297-5216

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