May 30, 2007 Edition

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Facing summer and
looking for inspiration

John Bland
Publisher

We have come to believe at The TD that the slow, lazy days of summer are a myth. While school and other activities may cease or slow down, our schedules and the news fills with other things.

Thankfully, for school children, the choices for local summer activities are many. Sports leagues and sports camps, church camps, vacation Bible schools, special classes, library reading programs and park programs offer many choices.

As I've said before, I think the summer break is a good thing, rather than having year-round school. The summer break forces students and parents to plan and make choices of how to spend the weeks of June, July and part of August.

For parents of children, it is a little scary to ponder all that time and to help our children fill it with the right balance of activities, programs, free time and fun.

Summer is a good opportunity for all ages to experience new things, people and places. It is a good time to start a new project or activity, set a goal, learn something new, take a class or to do some reading.

I really like the program offered at the Walnut Ridge School for seventh through 12th grade students. Coach Larry Treadway and the other WRHS coaches offer a supervised physical fitness program that allows students to get or stay in shape, have fun and spend time with friends. The program is offered at different hours of the day and evening to allow the students to fit it in between jobs or other activities.

No matter how we spend it, the summer will pass quickly.

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Schools and colleges often take advantage of the summer break to take care of remodeling projects or construction. Brett Cooper of Williams Baptist College reported to Kiwanis that two projects will begin this summer on that campus. Construction will begin later in the summer on the new chapel and a new honors apartment complex for men.

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Fayth Hill Washington of Memphis and formerly of Hoxie reports that the Crossroads to Freedom, a digital archive of materials that documents the Civil Rights era in Memphis and the Mid-South, is now online. The website, a project of Rhodes College, features the Hill Foundation's collection of materials pertaining to the integration of Hoxie School. The site is still under construction, but worth a visit at www.crossroadstofreedom.org

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