From a child raising funds for pediatric cancer research to students winning a national competition, there was a lot of good news to celebrate last week from throughout Northeast Mississippi.

Before we get started on the week ahead, let’s look back at some of the highlights from last week:

  • While running a lemonade stand may be a typical childhood experience, 8-year-old Ryleigh Wright did a little something extra last weekend. Ryleigh used her stand, which was located in front of Todd’s Big Star grocery store in Tupelo on Saturday, to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Charley Wright and her daughter, Ryleigh, often volunteer for community service projects in Tupelo, such as with the local animal shelter. This time, they decided to participate in the Alex’s Lemonade Stand project, after learning about the effort from the back of a Country Time lemonade package. The national organization started in honor of Connecticut-born Alex Scott, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of pediatric cancer. Ryleigh Wright said she hoped other children would run similar lemonade stands to raise money for the foundation. The Wrights hoped to raise $800 from both the lemonade stand and an online fundraiser to send to St. Jude.
  • Students from Tupelo’s Milam Elementary recently won the 16th Annual Capitol Hill Challenge, a stock market game sponsored by the Security Industry/ Financial Market Association. The program, supported by the Charles Schwab Foundation, is paying for the top 10 teams to enjoy an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. The 14-week challenge organizes teams of public middle and high school students by congressional district and state and teaches the importance of saving and investing. Teams invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Milam was the only elementary school in the top 10.
  • Rising Tupelo sixth-grader Morgan Tidwell was Mississippi’s winner in the 2019 Doodle for Google contest. Morgan, who attended Lawndale Elementary last school year, was one of 53 students across the United States and territories to be selected as a level-one winner. She will automatically be in the running for the national finals. This year’s doodle theme was “When I grow up, I hope …” Tidwell named hers, “Building a Future,” and it features a neighborhood she created. Voting for the finalists in the Doodle for Google contest will take place this week.

Those are just a few of the great things that took place in our community last week, but we know there will be plenty more to share with you this week.

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