Battlefield Park Gets Butterfly Gardens

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Battlefield park sits on the corner of HWY 80 and University Blvd. and is one of the largest parks in the city. The park features play areas for children, a community center, and several green spaces. Most recently, Keep Jackson Beautiful, built two butterfly gardens in the park.

The butterfly gardens were created to attract butterflies to the area and give them a place to feed. Butterflies feed on the nectar of flowers and there are several flowers in these two gardens.

In the upcoming weeks Marsha Hobson with Keep Jackson Beautiful will go back and plant some seaweed. This will attract more butterflies to the site.

To find out more about what Keep Jackson Beautiful is doing in the community check out their website at

Jamaya Steele Sells Lemonade on Lemonade Day


National Lemonade Day was May 2nd and the Center for University-Based Development sponsored Ms. Jamaya Steele to set up a stand at Sal & Mookies. JSU College of Business students, Ray McCants and Kendra Lewis, assisted her with the training and developing her lemonade stand. After the day was over, the financial report from Lil Ms. Jamaya Steele was $36.00 dollars after expenses (which included paying her younger sister for assisting with sales).

Lemonade Day happens every year on the first Saturday of May. Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community.

Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.

Welcome Center Hosts Seminar on Suicide Prevention, Thursday


You are cordially invited to the Welcome Center’s monthly seminar on Thursday, May 21, from noon until 1 p.m. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and the JSU Welcome Center will host a seminar on “Suicide Prevention.”

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the community are invited to attend to learn how to identify the signs of depression and how to help those who need it most – before they reach the point of crisis. The speaker is Velesha P. Williams, director of the Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition in the Office of Community Engagement at Jackson State University.

The seminar is free and refreshments will be served.

There will also be fun door prizes! To RSVP, call 601-979-0883.

‘Good Deed’ Features Voice of Calvary Ministries

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In recent months, a long standing neighborhood daycare, Pied Piper, was ravished by a fire. The fire destroyed much of the building and although all the children and teachers escaped safely, the building was uninhabitable. This left the owners and operators of Pied Piper looking for a place to house and keep all their children. The owners spent weeks looking for someone who was willing to house the daycare until the old facility was rebuilt.

The Pied Piper staff contacted ten local entities to help out, but were not successful in their requests. The the staff at Pide Piper did not quit, they reached out to Phil Reed, CEO and President of Voice of Calvary Ministries and he immediately said yes with out any hesitation. Voice of Calvary Ministries opened up their classrooms and playgrounds at no cost to Pied Piper. So for several weeks now, Voice of Calvary Ministries, located on the corner of Capitol St. has been serving the children at Pied Piper.

Pied Piper currently is taking care of 75 children and anticipate more this summer. Since the move, teachers at Pied Piper say they like the Voice of Calvary location because it has separate classrooms for the children and an open out door jungle gym. The teachers say the kids love it and the parents love the site too.

Now, everyone entering Voice of Calvary and Koinonia Coffee House comment on how nice it is to hear all the children playing outside.

For more information about Voice of Calvary Ministries please visit

45th Commemoration of the Gibbs-Green Tragedy, May 15th

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Jackson State University will host the 45th Commemoration of the Gibbs-Green Tragedy at Alexander Hall at 1 p.m., Friday, May 15, with a roundtable discussion immediately following in the JSU Student Center Theater. The the Gibbs-Green tragedy left two young men dead and a host of others injured. The program will include thoughts from members of the Class of 1970, who witnessed the events that day, and from Lee Vance, a Jackson State alumnus and the current Chief of Police for the City of Jackson. A special roundtable discussion will immediately follow in the JSU Student Center Theater with Dr. Nancy Bristow, a historian who has a forthcoming book about the tragedy.

In 2012, a Mississippi Freedom Trail Marker was installed at the site to memorialize the shootings, which took place on May 15, 1970, when Jackson police and Mississippi Highway Patrol officers suppressed student unrest with intense gunfire. Philip Lafayette Gibbs, 21, a junior pre-law major, and James Earl Green, 17, a Jim Hill High School senior, were killed. Many students were injured, 12 by gunfire. Alexander Hall, a women’s dormitory, was riddled by 460 rounds, some holes still visible today. Law enforcement had massed at the college to subdue students protesting harassment from whites driving through campus, police intimidation, and the recent killing of four student demonstrators at Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard.

Dr. Mark Bernhardt, an Associate Professor of History at JSU, wrote the Mississippi Humanities Council grant application, which is supporting this program. “It’s an incredibly important moment in the history of Jackson State, the City of Jackson, and the State of Mississippi,” Bernhardt said. “And, in the current national context of outrage at police brutality, it’s important that we recognize this history and talk about it.”

For more information, contact the Center’s staff at 601-979-2055 or, and visit the Margaret Walker Center’s website at

Below are two pictures of Alexander Hall in 1970.


Poindexter Elementary Digs on Earth Day

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Earth Day was on April 22nd and the City of Jackson, Keep Jackson Beautiful, and Waste Management held a fun field green day at Poindexter Elementary School. Children were able to get their hands dirty by planting plants and fruit trees. One of the participants was Gabe Porter, who plants fruit trees all over the city. He planted several fruit trees and the children will be able to see the “fruits” of their labor next year! He has done this for about a year and his group is called Self Sustainability Mississippi.

The Waste Management truck was a big hit for the day. The children were able to get up close to the large truck and some even got to sound the horn.

Waste Management was also responsible for building a Reading Garden at the school. The garden has beautiful landscape and benches for reading.

Marsha Hobson said, “It is a beautiful spot and I know it will be enjoyed for a long time.”

Poindexter Elementary is located 1017 Robinson Street and has 184 children. The principal is Dr. Antrice Smith.

For more information about Poindexter call 601-960-5304.

Stewpot Goes Through Renovations

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Capitol Street is home to several big, old churches. As the community around them has changed, most of the churches have been abandoned by their original congregations. This often leads to these beautiful buildings becoming deteriorated and eventually collapsing or having to be torn down. The old Central Presbyterian Church was spared that fate and has, instead continued to be a beacon of hope and love even after the congregation relocated.

Stewpot Community Services has operated out of the Central Presbyterian Church since its inception in 1981. When the church stopped using the building, Stewpot continued to operate out of the church and eventually was given the building in 2004. By 2006, they were in desperate need of a new lunch room. The current one was too small and was not accessible to people with disabilities.

The sanctuary part of the church that was not being used was also in serious need of repairs and without them, there was a real chance it would be lost.

That’s when Stewpot’s board made the decision to renovate the sanctuary into a lunch room and community space. Over the next few years funds were raised and work was begun. Great efforts were made to keep the beauty of the sanctuary (vaulted ceilings, chandeliers) while also making it functional. To be suitable for its new use, the interior floor had to be demolished, the pieces removed, and a new flat floor poured. Additionally, asbestos had to be removed, a new roof installed, drains and water, electric, phone and cable lines installed. The kitchen/ dining area as well as other renovations to be constructed later were designed by CDFL (Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons).

Now, the sanctuary’s beauty has been preserved, both inside and out, the community has a safe, accessible place to eat and it continues to be a beacon of hope and love.

Stewpot is located at 1100 West Capitol St.

For more information contact Heather Ivery at or check out their website at .

Jazz on the Plaza, Lynch St. Festival, JSU at the Zoo, & a Zumba Party

Jazz on the Plaza

The popular Jazz on the Plaza event at Jackson State University is set for 6:00-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 24. In case of rain, it will be held at the Rose E. McCoy auditorium.
The concert will feature ensembles from the department’s jazz program, including Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, as well as guest artists.
The stage will be set up at the center of the Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway on JSU’s main campus, 1400 John R. Lynch St. in Jackson.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to bring your lawn chair and sandwiches and have a good time.

For more information, call the Department of Music at 601-979-2141.

Lynch Street Festival

Come out and enjoy the 23rd Annual Lynch Street Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday. There will be live entertainment, food vendors, face painting, space jumps, a super slide and much much more. The event is free and starts at Noon and ends when the sun goes down.

JSU Day at the Zoo
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Jackson State University will celebrate a “Day at the Zoo” on Saturday, April 25, From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a variety of fun activities and specials will be offered. They include: Small animals provided for petting and interaction, Food vendors, JSU mascot available for photos and “selfies,” JSU Band performance, Children’s Tiger face painting, Carousel rides (Only JSU general admission or JSU Zoo membership get a free carousel token that day).

Zumba Party at the JSU Rec Complex

Join the JSU Rec Complex on Saturday, April 25 from 7pm-9pm for a Zumba Party at the Walter Payton Center! The event cost $15.00 at the door, so don’t miss out on this fun, calorie burning, dance party!

There are so many positive things happening in West Jackson, come join us for an eventful weekend!

Electronic Waste & Paper Shred Day, Today

2015 Recycling Day - E Waste Paper Shred EARTH DAY- April  24

Trying to Spring clean and get rid of old paper or electronics? Well today you can bring any unwanted electronics to the Mississippi Farmer’s Market, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. located at 929 High Street.
Recycling will eliminate electronic waste and paper from your office in an environmentally friendly way!

E Waste acceptable items: computers and components, desktop copiers, fax machines, radios, televisions, cell phones, DVD players and VCRs, monitors, keyboards, laptops, scanner, stereos, etc.

There is a $2 charge per monitor & $12 charge per television.

However all paper will be shredded for free.

For more information on this event please contact the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership – Niki Lowery (601) 948-7575 or
Keep Jackson Beautiful, Inc. – Marsha Hobson at (601)398-5219;

Scholarships Available for Camp Tiger Tails


The JSU Recreation Complex and OneFitJSU, provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield MS, have come together to offer fifty, $400 dollar Scholarships ($100 goes towards deposit) for camp Tiger Tails! All you need is proof that you receive free lunch at the current school the applicant attends (below is the application). You may have multiple applicants per family, but must submit one form per camper. These scholarships will be selected at random from all that apply and are eligible.

You must sign up for at least 7 weeks of camp and turn in application(s) and with proof of free lunch program no later than April 25, 2015.

Camp Tiger Tails 2015 begins Tuesday, May 26, 2015 through Friday, July 31, 2015. It is a full day of events and activities for children ages 5-16 that includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Pre-Registration begins now through May 1, 2015 for a special 15 % discounted rate. Sign up Today!

Please feel free to contact Arron Richardson at or (601) 979-1638. For any additional information or concerns visit



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