News & Events

ST. D MAKES ANOTHER HOUSE CALL

July 7th, 2009

In continuing with their generosity, St. Dominic Hospital once again sent it’s Care-A-Van to Shoestring’s Ellen Harris Center. The RV arrived chocked full friendly technicians to check the ears, noses, and throats (among other things) of our growing Project KIDS Summer Campers. Thanks again to St. Dominic’s for their longstanding support of Shoestring.

For more tongue depressors, stethoscopes, and captains chairs, click here.

PK LEARNS OF WEST AFRICAN HISTORY

July 7th, 2009
On June 15th, a group of Project KIDS Summer Campers traveled downtown to see the International Museum of Muslim Cultures’ latest exhibit, The Legacy of Timbuktu: The Wonders of the Written Word. The outing proved extra special because they were led through the displays by PK teacher Maryam Washington – whose mother runs the museum. The children learned many interesting things about the city of Timbuktu and it’s country of Mali. The exhibit explains the rediscovery of intentionally hidden pre-colonial manuscripts that chart the region’s intellectual past. In addition to being a renowned center for international gold trade, Timbuktu was also a hotbed of education and the printing industry.

For pictures from this eye-opening exhibit, click here.

MUTUAL OF OMAHA’S WILD INTERVIEWS

June 2nd, 2009

Mutual of Omaha is riding around the country to collect video of people telling their “Aha Moment” of inspiration. On Tuesday, May 26th their Airstream-turned-mobile-TV-studio pulled into the Jackson Medical Mall’s northwest parking lot. They were interested to hear about the Jackson Inner-City Gardeners [Previous article: Jackson Inner-City Gardeners Make C-L]. Throughout the afternoon, they spoke on-camera not only with Operation Shoestring Family Development Coordinator Ada Robinson, but also JICG Founder Tre Roberts, and Jackson Medical Mall Foundation Board Chairman Dr. Aaron Shirley.

For pictures of the garden, interviews, and converted Airstream, click here.

For the resulting videos, click the following:
Ada Robinson: Shoestring’s Family Development Coordinator
Tre Roberts: Jackson Inner-City Gardeners Founder
Dr. Aaron Shirley: Medical Mall Foundation Board Chairman

MEDICAL MALL FOUNDATION TO RECOGNIZE SHOESTRING

June 2nd, 2009

The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation’s largest annual event is their Community Reinvestment Awards (CRA). On Thursday May 28th, a press conference formally announced this year’s CRA. For outstanding service to Mississippi children, Operation Shoestring will be one of four community organizations honored as 2009 Grand Award Recipients at the event. The CRA is being held on Thursday, November 5 in the Medical Mall’s Thad Cochran Center. Special thanks go to Executive Director Primus Wheeler, Deputy Director Lori Greer, and Public Relations Manager Zakiya Summers, as well as all of the Medical Mall Foundation’s board for this wonderful distinction.

SODO GIRL SCOUTS EXPAND HORIZONS ON THREE FIELD TRIPS

May 22nd, 2009

Along with Operation Shoestring, The Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi serves as one of the five community partners behind the StampOut DropOut initiative. Since the beginning of the year, Council Membership Manager Sue Farmer has graciously arranged several outings for the Girl Scouts in SODO. These wonderful excursions taught the young ladies about teamwork, technology, responsibility, and self-esteem. They began by cooking a seven-course meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Next the girls visited the Apple Store to discover the latest and greatest in computer innovations. And most recently they learned not only how to ride, but also how to groom and maintain horses at Serenity Farms in Flowood. Special thanks go to Sue for her continued involvement with the SODO Girl Scouts.

For more pictures from all three experiences, click here.

BELHAVEN MBA HITS THE BOOKS

May 22nd, 2009

Accompanied by former Shoestring board member Evelyn Johnson, students from Belhaven College’s MBA program recently visited Shoestring’s Ellen Harris Center. They took the time to share a little reading time with the eager children of Project KIDS. Education is an important building block, and it all starts with reading.

For more pictures from the afternoon, click here.

Pictured from left to right: Shoestring Family Development Coordinator Ada Robinson, Ralph Brown, Cynthia Sims, Evelyn Johnson, and Joyce Beal

PREP HONOR SOCIETY DELIVERS

May 22nd, 2009

Once again, Jackson Prep’s National Honor Society chapter graciously arrived at the Ellen Harris Center with multiple carloads of food. Most Tuesdays, Shoestring hosts a food pantry for those that qualify. A non-perishable and canned food drive is a simple way to get your organization, office, civic group, or congregation involved in just one of Shoestring’s important programs. Thanks go Marsha Hobbs and the chapter members for their continued consideration.

For more pictures of the lot, click here.

Pictured from left to right: Hannah Killebrew, Jack Strahan, Taylor Townsend, Anna Blair Brown, Carly Edwards, Eleanor Anthony, Casey Edwards and Jared Moffat.

SA STUDENTS GET REORIENTED FOR SUMMER CAMPS

May 22nd, 2009

As they’ve done for the past five years, St. Andrew’s highschoolers will be conducting supplemental specialty camps alongside our Project KIDS Summer Camp. However, in addition to the return of RacquetStrings, HoopStrings, ArtStrings, and HorseShoes, this year’s offerings will include SoccerShoes and CheerStrings. At the beginning of May, the counselors gathered at Shoestring’s Ellen Harris Center on Bailey Avenue for an orientation. Project KIDS Coordinator Demunthra Jefferson and Shoestring Executive Director Robert Langford led the volunteers through an informative session.

For more pictures, click here.

JACKSON INNER-CITY GARDENERS MAKE C-L

May 5th, 2009

Operation Shoestring is one of several community partners involved in the Inner-City Gardeners. Through the planting of vegetables and flowers on the Jackson Medical Mall’s land, the program is designed to enrich neighborhood children in the areas of science, teambuilding, and entrepreneurship. Billy Watkins wrote a piece on the JICG that appeared in the Friday, May 1st edition of The Clarion-Ledger. The article includes quotes from Shoestring Family Development Coordinator Ada Robisnon.

To read the story, click the following link.
“Inner City Gardeners Plot Their Future” By Billy Watkins

HELP WANTED: RISE AND SHINE WITH BREAKFAST AT SHOESTRING

May 5th, 2009

Would your church, business or civic group like to provide a simple breakfast for 75 and a brief morning devotional to our summer campers? It’s a great way to kick off the day! We’re looking for volunteers to drop in weekday mornings from 7:45 – 8:15 A. M. between June 1 and July 10. Breakfast would consist of a sausage biscuit and half a banana, or a bowl of cereal, etc.

It’s especially important that this summer’s Project KIDS campers be fueled-up for an enriching and fun-filled day because of new offerings. As they’ve done for the past five years, St. Andrew’s highschoolers will be conducting supplemental camps. However, in addition to RacquetStrings, HoopStrings, and HorseShoes, they will introduce SoccerShoes and CheerStrings!

Sign up to help out with breakfast for Summer 2009. It’s great fun, and it’s fast! Bring your children!

To schedule a day to provide breakfast, please get in touch with DeMatt Harkins by emailing
dharkins@operationshoestring.org or calling 601-353-6336.