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JA's 'Stuff the Bus' to help students

July 26, 2010

It’s back to school time in Oktibbeha County, and for the Junior Auxiliary, that means it’s time for the annual Stuff the Bus event.
“The purpose of this event is to serve as many children as possible with the funds available,” said Robin Parker, Child Assistance Committee Chair. “Historically this has involved making essential school supplies available to children at the beginning of the school year when those children have been referred by school counselors... It is one of our most important projects because we are able to fill an immediate need of children in our schools.”

Gaining Ground conference set

July 26, 2010

For the Daily News

This weekend, the Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi will present a unique opportunity to learn and share more about sustainable living in Starkville at the first annual Mississippi Sustainability Conference, held July 30 - August 1 at the Bost Conference Center at Mississippi State University.

Residents discontent with politics at TEA Party meeting

July 26, 2010

Saturday’s monthly meeting of the Starkville TEA Party gave a clear picture of local discontent with national politics.
Opinions expressed at Saturday’s meeting line up with core values of the TEA Party movement nationwide, which call for a recognition of God, fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets as it relates to local, state, and national political issues.

Local donor brings reading program to kids

July 26, 2010

Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Kings Center was able to offer a summer reading program for children for the first time.
The donor wished to remain unnamed because he said the donation of money isn’t the story — The story is the fact that a group of children spent the summer reading. And with literacy named as one of the larger problems for children in Oktibbeha County, the summer reading program touched a great group of children, he said.
The program, which started June 1, had 20 children ages 3 to 12 reading every single day, and participating in reading activities.

Mentor program moves to new grant, seeks volunteers

July 26, 2010

Mentor program Project AIM will be starting its third year this fall, and volunteers are needed.
Previously funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education Grants for school-based mentoring programs, Project AIM will be moving under the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant umbrella.
“We appreciate the way the community has embraced the grant, and we’re looking forward to another year,” AIM Coordinator Cathy Curtis said. “We want people to know that mentoring opportunities are continuing under another grant.”

Kids in the Kitchen

July 26, 2010

The second year of Kids in the Kitchen camp went off without a hitch last week.
The camp, ironically named as there isn’t actually a kitchen available, is hosted by Emerson Family Center, but funded through Mississippi State’s Extension Services. With MSU footing the bill, the camp is completely free of cost to the campers.
“It was such a success last year that we decided to make it an annual thing,” said Frances Page, Extension Program Assistant for food health promotion.

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