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Gardening at Bethel Grove Elementary

After-school practice at Stax Music Academy

Education is an on-going Memphis project – we are pushing to make our schools better through collaboration and creativity. To make a Memphis with more opportunity and stability for everyone, our leaders are re-focusing on preparing our citizens for success early. The newly expanded Shelby County Schools (now one of the larger systems in the country) is supplemented by various private, charter and alternative institutions. High education is a big piece of the puzzle, too, with nearly 50,000 students enrolled at Southwest Tennessee Community College, the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, Rhodes College,LeMoyne-Owen College and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

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The team conceptualized 19 designs for the project and 19 pantries were built and decorated.

Presbyterian Day School student project brings small relief to Memphis food deserts

Presbyterian Day School fifth-graders started with a simple question “What do people need to survive?” The solution? Blessing Boxes, or tiny food pantries that are placed strategically in high-needs neighborhoods.

Greg Woodberry, a member of the Official Black Lives Matter Memphis, clasps his hands behind his back while performing an adapted rap during the Bridge Shut Down reunion at Tom Lee Park.

One year after the bridge protest, Memphis moves forward with education and unity

Dozens honored the memory of the largest spontaneous protest in recent history by speaking about the change they want to see in education, community growth and policing. 

Georgia Avenue Elementary sits partially boarded up and vacant across the street from Booker T. Washington High School.

Girls Inc. plans to add a massive center in former South Memphis school

Girls Inc. of Memphis plans to renovate part of Georgia Avenue Elementary, which has been shuttered since 2012. In the building, Girls Inc. will install a 30,000-square-foot center unlike anything else in its Mid-South footprint.

 A Derrick Dent and Michael Roy mural honoring Memphis history stands on the corner of South Main and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Five sites you may not know about along the Memphis Heritage Trail

The National Civil Rights Museum and Beale Street cannot contain all of Memphis' cultural heritage. An innovative project, the Memphis Heritage Trail, brings the history of Memphis' streets and structures from South Memphis to Orange Mound to life through art installations and signage.

Principal Alisha Kiner shakes hands with a graduating senior of Booker T. Washington's 2017 class.

Sweep it clean: The leader behind Booker T. Washington’s comeback story

When principal Alisha Kiner joined Booker T. Washington, the historically African-American high school had a graduation rate of 53 percent. Her leadership has skyrocketed that figure. In 2017, the school graduated its largest class of seniors. 
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