The Optional School programs of the Memphis City Schools (MCS) offer a range of educational alternatives for your student. There are 44 different optional schools offerings, some that function... Read more


Junior KPAW kids discover animal care goes beyond playing with and grooming a pet.

photographs by Heather Simmons

Teaching children kindness through animal care. Read more


photographs by Jane Schneider

Emily Tickle Thomas' nonprofit sends gift cards to lift up cancer patients. Read more

Bella and Macy Haas

photographs by Marci Lambert

Bella and Macy Haas share a love of gymnastics – and a knack for winning Read more

During election season, we are privileged to use an important tool with the power to benefit our children: The vote. On November 6th, Memphians will vote on Presidential and local candidates as... Read more

Idlewild Elementary School’s fifth-graders had a big surprise waiting for them when they returned to school this year. The imaginative animal poems and block prints they worked hard to create in fo... Read more

How school-based programs are tackling childhood obesity. Read more


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no TV watching for children under age 2 and two hours or less per day for children over 2. Studies indicate too much television can lead to obesi... Read more


(Right to left): Writer Telika Howard holds Keziah (10 mos.). Sitting beside her is Xaria (8), 	Montrell (13), Elijah (2), Adam (9), and Tayina (11). Husband Xavier holds the older twin, 
Iydiah (10 mos.).

photograph by Heather Simmons

In an age of small families, these moms dare to follow their heart. Read more

Help him develop a healthier mindset to thrive during challenges. Read more



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Babies are sweetest between six months and a year, when they're just beginning to discover the world around them. I recently met this winsome explorer on a jaunt at the zoo. Ten-month-old Aubre... Read more


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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday focused on consuming, it's important to have a day that challenges us to give to those less fortunate during this season of giving. #GivingTuesday is part of... Read more


The holiday season's most anticipated event, the annual Blues Ball, brings together people from across the city to celebrate Memphis' musical heritage while raising money for local charities. A... Read more



photographs by Jamie Harmon

Playback Memphis builds community by exploring shared experiences. Read more


Support the arts community by purchasing holiday gifts made by Memphis artists and craftsmen. Here’s a round-up of local holiday shows and artist markets. — Good art. Great prices. Keeping it l... Read more


Bring the kids and light up this holiday season with these festive events. NOVEMBER 16 • Friday Flip-the-Switch Party. AutoZone Park. 5 p.m. Enter Rockeyfeller Plaza this holiday season, de... Read more


This month, adopt some goofy gratefuls, a way to make gratitude easier for kids to grasp Read more


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