Senior Bridget Meade looks to harness the power of the written word, fighting poverty with the power of fairytales and nursery rhymes. Meade is hosting a book drive at Saint Mary’s to create a preschool library at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. “Reading can be both enjoyable and powerful. Education is such a great way to fight poverty, and reading is one of the best ways to educate children,” she said. Meade is the founder of Mommy and Me, a literacy class at the Center. The program encourages and teaches parents to read to their children. The library will be made available to both the students in her class and other guests at the Center, she said. Meade said she was inspired to create this class because of her own love of reading. “Reading was such a huge part of my childhood that I thought it was a tragedy that some kids aren’t being read to,” she said. Reading is a beneficial activity for both children and parents living in poverty, Meade said. The Mommy and Me class will help parents learn to enjoy reading to their children. “Many parents in poverty were not read to as children, which makes it uncomfortable for them to read to their own children,” she said. The Mommy and Me class teaches parents reading to infants and toddlers is a powerful activity, benefitting a child’s cognitive development and overall life trajectory, Meade said. Some parents living at the Center are illiterate and too uncomfortable to read to their children, she said. The preschool library will provide illiterate parents picture books. Those parents can still read and interact with their children by creating stories based off the illustrations, she said, something crucial to their maturation. “Reading to preschoolers is about helping them interact and hear words that will help with their cognitive development,” Meade said. Meade said preschoolers enjoy classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes the most. “The best books to donate are the old school classics,” she said. Books will be accepted at a drop box in LeMans Hall through the end of the year, or contact Bridget Meade with questions about the book drive at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Cailin Crowe at email@example.com
The Heart of Appalachia is home to rugged mountains, deep gorges and wide valleys. Rooted deep in the heart and soul of the people who call this home is a music based on storytelling. The rich heritage of mountain, old time, bluegrass and country is the highest form personal expression. The famous song writers and musicians of the past include Dock Boggs, Kate Sturgill, The Jesse Brothers, The Carter Family, The Ralph Stanley Family, Papa Joe Smiddy and many more banjo, fiddle, bass and mandolin players. Ralph Stanley: The Ralph Stanley Museum is opened Monday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm providing a historical overview of the influences of Dr. Ralph Stanley. A trip through the museum in a visual and audio experience providing musical influences for early churches, family musicians and an amazing talent for weaving storytelling into a soulful musical technique that reaches the heart of the listener.You can enjoy a truly authentic mountain music experience by visiting the Carter Family Fold, home place of A.P., Sara and Maybelle Carter. June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash were frequent guests on stage. Every Saturday night the Cater Family Fold opens the barn doors to welcome guests to sing and dance to old and new bands. Visit the A.P. Carter Museum, located next to the stage area in Hiltons, VA.Be sure to visit the historic Country Cabin II in Norton, Virginia, where some of the area’s best pickers and fiddlers play every Saturday night. You can even dance the two-step, clog or flat foot! If you don’t know how, someone’ll teach you! The Country Cabin is the home to the annual Dock Boggs and Kate Sturgill Memorial Festival, the second weekend in September.The Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival is held at Natural Tunnel State Park near Duffield, Virginia during Labor Day Weekend on Sunday. This year’s festival will land on September 3 at the Amphitheater in the park. Papa Joe was a first-rate musician and storyteller. He played banjo with the Reedy Creek Band. Several other fine local musicians round out the Reedy Creek Bluegrass Band. The group performed throughout the U.S. and toured extensively in Canada, and they have produced four CDs.Visitors can find concert dates and information about the music venues located in the western region of Virginia by contacting the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority at www.heartofappalachia.com 276-762-0011.
Canaan, In. — Canaan Community Academy is selling bricks from the 1827 school to create a student-designed walking labyrinth.The community of Canaan has had an operating school since the early 1800s, the first being a log cabin. The third school was built in 1872 and sat in front of our school. The bell out front is from the 1872 school. It was demolished after our existing school was built. The bricks were dumped on a nearby farm. The bricks are being unearthed and will be used as part of a walking labyrinth that is being designed by CCA students.If you sponsor a brick, your name or family name will be placed on the plaque. There are different levels of sponsorship:Friend – $25. Name will appear on plaque.Bronze – $100. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media recognition.Silver – $250. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media and newspaper recognition.Gold – $500. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media, newspaper, and radio recognition.Platinum – $1000 and up. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media, newspaper, radio, and CCA website recognition. Platinum sponsors will also receive a special VIP invitation to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.