From the expansion of a program to help feed hungry children to a course that helps teens become better babysitters, there was plenty of good news to share last week from throughout Northeast Mississippi.

Before we prepare for the week ahead, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from last week:

  • Oxford’s Summer Meal Program is adding Oxford Middle School as a secondary location this year. This is the first year the program has operated with two locations, with the first being Oxford Intermediate School. Last year, the Summer Meal Program served more than 18,000 meals over the course of the summer to hungry children and others. They’re hoping to exceed those numbers this year with the additional location. Daniel Westmoreland, who oversees the program, said a large factor in offering another location was the volume of people the program was seeing on a daily basis last year. Oxford Middle School is centrally located and is within walking distance from the stops on the public bus system. We applaud officials for their efforts to expand a valuable community service.
  • A third year camp from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office continues to grow. Held at Camp Tik-A-Witha, the weeklong overnight camp started with 20 campers learning about nature, themselves and others. It grew to 52 for this year’s event, held last week. The camp offers a host of activities to challenge both the bodies and the brains of seventh- to ninth-graders. The mixture of boys and girls was kept busy with swimming, canoeing, archery, a rock wall, bridge building, an obstacle course and a host of games designed for team building. It is a great opportunity for attendees to grow and to connect with other participants.
  • HealthWorks! Children’s Education Center offered its first edition of the Safe Sitter babysitting course this week. Last Tuesday, 30 boys and girls aged 11 to 14 took a day out of their summer to learn about how to be better, safer, smarter babysitters. The class, which is open to children 11 and older, will be offered again in August. Safe Sitter was developed by a physician more than 35 years ago as a way to help youth learn how to be safer babysitters. The course content is medically accurate and follows guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. The class provides valuable information to teens who will be supervising younger children, and we are glad to see it expanded to HealthWorks!

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 next week.

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