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Junior League of Memphis Shares What They Love about Memphis with Porter-Leath Preschoolers

The Junior League of Memphis recently partnered with Porter-Leath to promote and increase literacy skills in Porter-Leath Preschools throughout the Mid-South.  Several Junior League members each visited all of Porter-Leath’s Preschools to read We Live in Memphis! , give each child a copy of the book, and lead a fun activity to highlight each child’s four favorite things about Memphis. To set up a volunteer day in a Porter-Leath classroom to share what you love about Memphis, or to... Read More

Seniors and AmeriCorps members are impacting the lives of at-risk children

Porter-Leath's Foster Grandparents Constant and Juanita Reynolds were nominated for the Wharton Award from the Memphis CARES Mentoring Movement while Porter-Leath teacher Denise Robinson was recently nominated for the Ujima Award. Denise served as an AmeriCorps member with Porter-Leath before continuing on her career path to become a Porter-Leath teacher. As a couple, Constant and Juanita invest over 1,000 volunteers hours serving preschool children through the Foster Grandparent Program ... Read More

Expecting women have free resources to ensure their babies are born at a healthy birth weight!

Meet three healthy, happy sisters: K'liyah, 3 years old, Destiny, 23-months old, and 11-month old Shanell. When K'liyah and Destiny were born, they both were well below the normal healthy birth weight guideline of 5.5 lbs, weighing in at just 3.13 lbs and 4.3 lbs respectively. Their mother Teresa enrolled in Porter-Leath’s free Parents as Teachers home visitation program, or as we call it, Cornerstone , four years ago while in the middle of her pregnancy with Destiny.  Determined to... Read More

University of Memphis Holds Family Literacy Nights at Porter-Leath

University of Memphis, led by Dr. Lauren Burrow, created family literacy nights at Porter-Leath Head Starts to provide university students, Porter-Leath teachers, and Porter-Leath families to explore effective ways to create daily literacy activities for young children. University students and Porter-Leath teachers were able to work together to practice classroom topics in a real-world setting and share activities with parents that they can use at home to promote literacy skills. The project... Read More

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Volunteers at American Way Head Start

The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club and its members shared their time with our children at American Way Head Start. As you can see, our children really enjoyed making some new friends and the volunteers had a blast going back to Preschool for a few hours! Read More