Northside Neighborhood House Collects Supplies For Back-To-School Shop

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

For the third year, the Northside Neighborhood House (NNH) will be collecting school supplies for children of families living north of the river. Last year, the NNH served 177 children through their Back-to-School Shop and anticipate serving more than 200 students this year.

“We kept hearing from our clients that school supply costs were really adding up, and many parents were struggling to provide needed supplies for their children,” said Heather Jones, Assistant Director of the NNH. “Low income families already have so many stressors, and we wanted to provide a hand up as children start the new school year.”

From now until the last week of July, community members can drop off school supplies at the main NNH office (211 Minor Street) or either of the organization’s thrift stores (209 Minor Street or 241 Signal Mountain Road). The NNH Back-to-School Shop is unique because parents get to bring their children in and ‘shop’ for items from their grade and school specific supply list.

“The goal of the Back-to-School Shop is to support area schools by equipping families to provide the supplies their children need to excel in the classroom,” Jones says. “We know that parents want their children to be prepared for school but don’t always have the resources to do so. When parents and kids shop together, it shows children that their parents really value education.”

Area schools also recognize the benefits of the Back-to-School Shop. “My students get a great feeling of self-worth when they have their own supplies,” says Emma Martin, Special Education Teacher at Red Bank Middle School. “We really depend on our parents to provide the needed school supplies for children to come to school ready to learn and succeed, and the NNH provides that for our families.”

The School Supply Drive offers a great opportunity for businesses, church groups and civic clubs to give back. For more information about how to get involved, contact Heather at hjones@nnhouse.org or 267-2217



Hello, My Name Is King Event Held At Brainerd High School

Hello, My Name is King, Inc. presented SANKOFA: I Am History at Brainerd High School.  St. Louis native and Founder of HMNK, Whitney Stovall and four young professional leaders hosted a series of workshops to promote self-awareness and encourage positive behavior for the male and female students of the ninth grade academy.   My Black is Beautiful Ambassador Anique Hameed, ... (click for more)

Brianna Jones Awarded La'Shanna Trout Memorial Scholarship

Brianna Jones of Knoxville was awarded a $1,000 La'Shanna Trout Memorial Scholarship Award from the Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation. Ms. Jones graduated from Halls High School in 2012, and attends the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  The Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation presented 140 scholarships this year valued at $157,050 to students in the food industry.  ... (click for more)

Erlanger Chooses Epic Software For New $100 Million Electronic Medical Records System; CEO Judy Faulkner To Visit Chattanooga

Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel announced that the Chattanooga hospital has chosen Epic Systems for a new electronic medical records system that he said will cost close to $100 million over 10 years. He said Cerner was the other finalist for the major hospital expenditure. Mr. Spiegel said the new system will mean some 100 more jobs at Erlanger. He said Epic will bring up to 200 ... (click for more)

Red Bank Police Find 17 Animals In "Deplorable" Condition At Home On Oakland Terrace

Red Bank Police on Friday found 17 animals in "deplorable condition" after making a home check on Oakland Terrace. The Humane Educational Society was called in to assist. The HES said, " Officers entered the home on Oakland Terrace and rescued nine dogs, six cats and two rabbits that had been living in deplorable conditions. "These animals are currently ... (click for more)

Injustice Is Terrible, But Shouldn't Lead To Rioting - And Response (2)

Injustice is terrible.  Period.  I am totally wowed, amazed, and grateful that the six officers have been charged in Baltimore.  Justice will be done like with the officer that shot the man in the back.   That being said,  I don't understand why, when atrocities like this happen, protests and marches can evolve into terrible rioting.  Fortunately ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: From Private To General

It was quite a thing back in March, when Florida Gov. Rick Scott named Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun to command the state’s National Guard. After all, not many who sign up as a “buck private” climb the ladder all the way to become the state’s Adjutant General, and when you add the fact the highly-respected Calhoun is an African-American, the story only gets better. But there is more: ... (click for more)