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The Dixon’s new education building brings learning opportunities for area youth.

Parents and coaches can help bring joy back into sports.







School of Rock connects young rock-star hopefuls.

ALA Youth Media Awards honor local author’s book, and others.







A mom shares tips on forming better relationships with your children.

Explore the Big Easy and Mobile with family this summer.







Festival season is in full swing — a roundup of local happenings.

A Mid-South family unexpectedly faced infectious disease.




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Editor Shara Clark

901 Fun Celebrate summer with movies, music, and magic

Art Director Bryan Rollins Advertising Art Director Christopher Myers

Dear Teacher Summer boredom busters

Graphic Designer Rachel Li Advertising Manager Sheryl Butler

Dad Libs A look at one dad’s mental health battle Outstanding Teacher Celebrating unsung heroes


Education Guide A comprehensive list of area schools


Calendar and Events Fill up your downtime with summer activities


Account Executives Mary Ballard, Michelle Musolf Production Operations Director Margie Neal


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TAKE IT EASY Summertime. The best time of the year? It’s hot, yes. Ok, really hot. But no school means more family time — pool time, game nights, fun with friends, and just plain lounging around. The living’s easy, as theY say. Or at least perhaps less hectic schedule-wise, so we’ll say easier. At Memphis Parent, we’re embracing summer with this special double issue, which will be on newsstands throughout June and July. We hope you’ll enjoy the lineup, jam-packed with coverage on a variety of topics, from health and wellness to family travel (New Orleans!). Rock into summer with writer Jesse Davis’ feature on School of Rock Memphis, a performance-based music school for young rock-star hopefuls in the Bluff City. Check out our list of upcoming fairs and festivals and get excited about all the summer events and activities that can fill up the downtime. Discover how local mom Charday Wilson works to build open communication with her children — think journaling and notechnology night — and try these ideas with your own bunch. Hear the harrowing story of a 7-year-old Collierville boy’s unexpected battle with infectious disease. And learn more about the Dixon Gallery and Gardens’ new education building, which, with its opening last month, brought exciting new learning opportunities for area youth. After you’ve taken some time to recharge from the school season, browse our education listings, where you’ll find a comprehensive local school guide that should help you make an informed decision about which school is best for your child. But don’t forget to stop and soak in those slow summer days. I recently read a social media post that pointed this out: There are only 18 summers in childhood. Meaning, parents only get 18 (if that) summers with their children. When you put it in plain numerical terms, 18 isn’t many. And boy do they fly by. Lazy days on the couch, backyard cookouts while the kids run around spraying each other — and you — with the water hose, sleepovers with a handful of rowdy little ones, the magic of 4th of July fireworks. Remember to take it easy, be present, and enjoy each precious moment. SHARA CLARK



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Also on July 7th. The first Sunday of the month, from 2 to 4 p.m., Mud Island River Park hosts Social Sundays. Drop in on your afternoon walk in the park to enjoy free kid-friendly activities in the River Garden pavilion. Visit the Social Sundays event on Facebook for details.






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On Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts this event, where families can enjoy artmaking in the drop-in studio and watch independent children’s short films in the auditorium. Free. For more info, call 544-6200.

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It doesn’t take too long for some children to lament, “I’m bored.” There are many activities — from sports to summer school — in every community that can keep them interested. Here are some of our suggestions to keep your children busy when boredom sets in. Neighborhood movie night. Your children will have a lot to do to set it up. First, they must transform the backyard into a movie theater. This can be done with only a projector and a large bed sheet. They also need to select a movie to show, make posters to advertise, and create tickets for admission. A decision needs to be made on whether to have refreshments available and what type of seating there will be.


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Lunchtime book club. Children will pack up their favorite lunch, get a bottle of water, and grab a good book. Next, they head to a community swimming pool or the local park. Reading outside in the summer is great. Everyone can read and eat their lunch. At the end of each chapter, the group can discuss what they have read (if all have read the same book) and predict what they think will happen in the next chapter. If the children are reading different books, they can tell the group about the book they are reading. Adventure Day. Select one day a week as the day when you and your children will do something out of the ordinary. The choices are absolutely endless. Visit a museum, a train or bus station, a fire station, city hall, the state capitol, a planetarium, an aquarium, or a factory that offers tours. Ride a bus or trolley to somewhere they have never been before. Scavenger hunts with a theme (such as plants) and geocaching for hidden treasure are also great boredom-fighting activities. Parents should send questions and comments to or to the Dear Teacher website. Compass Syndicate Corporation, 2018 Distributed by King Features Syndicate 8

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The Dixon’s new education building brings learning opportunities for area youth. By JULIA BAKER


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To keep up with an increasing demand for educational programming and opportunities for families and children, Dixon Gallery and Gardens recently opened its new Liz and Tommy Farnsworth Education Building. With the museum’s first expansion in 33 years, the educational facility now boasts 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor classrooms, office space for the entire education department, storage space, and an interactive gallery. Under the guidance of Margarita Sandino, the Dixon’s director of education, the museum began a revitalization in 2007, expanding its educational programming from two classes to 28. However, the Leatherman Workroom, satellite locations, and gardens they were using for classroom space could not keep up with the growth, so museum leaders went to work on a plan to build a more appropriate learning space. With chair members Liz and Tommy Farnsworth Jr., a plan was formed to begin an expansion, which would become the fourth phase of the museum’s master plan renovation project. “Liz and I have wanted to do something meaningful for Dixon Gallery and Gardens,” Tommy Farnsworth Jr. said via an official press release. “In discussions with Dixon leadership about possible future building projects, when the topic of an educational and teaching facility came up, Liz and I began to think about this facility as a giving opportunity.” Students of the museum’s resident classes, as well as visiting school and tour groups, are able to reap the benefits of the new building’s large studio, two mediumsized indoor classrooms, greenhouse, and

outdoor learning space that together merge horticultural and fine art programming. Museum visitors will get views of the renovated south lawn by trailing a path connecting the Stout Gallery to a public entrance to the education facility. Here, guests will see an acre of interactive outdoor learning areas that covers previously uncultivated ground surrounding the building. Sandino says her favorite part of this new learning area is the view of one of the last-standing elm trees in Memphis. “We call him Elmer,” she says. “We have been doing lessons about the elm tree for forever. But because this was just a wild garden before, nobody would see it. But now it’s all right here for everyone to see.” Dixon Gallery and Gardens employs a number of ongoing and special programs for families and children of all ages. “Children as young as 12 months old can experience our sensory gardens through our drop-in Sprouts program,” says Sandino. “As kids get older, we start to patch over science and the arts, and the garden makes a great background for that.” Children ages 2 to 4 can move on to the Mini Masters program in which they can explore shapes, textures, and colors through hands-on art activities and story times. The next step up, Kaleidoscope Club for children ages 5 to 9, makes use of a rotating curriculum that involves art, horticulture, or literature to facilitate a way for children to

use their imaginations and inspire creativity while learning critical thinking skills. In the museum’s “-ology” series, children ages 10 to 13 learn more advanced art lessons and techniques throughout three sessions using a variety of media that could include graphite, watercolor, or colored pencil. April’s “-ology” segment, Plein-airology, taught children the art of French Impressionism in an outdoor setting. Teens can participate in ongoing programs such as Saturday Sketch. “A group can come in and say, ‘We’d like to sketch,’ and we provide sketching materials for everybody,” says Sandino. “We have done this for many middle and high school groups already.” Kids in the Garden, which educates children ages 7 to 10 on horticulture and flora, and Girl Scout Badge workshops, which combine painting and gardening lessons, will use the building’s outside classrooms. Families can experience the new studio spaces and gardens together at the quarterly Family Days and at the monthly Family Studio days. “We are very excited about the educational programming this new building can open up,” says Sandino. She says the museum will spend the next year prototyping and experimenting with new programs for the education building, and we may expect to see some of these changes in 2020.

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Monday, January 28th, was a day like any other for author Alice Faye Duncan. Much like the poet Gwendolyn Brooks used to do, she rose early to write, sunlight streaming in from her living room window. She then headed into work as a school librarian at Middle College High School. Several hours into her school day, she received the call from her illustrator: Her book Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop had been awarded the Coretta Scott King Honor Medal for illustrations.

The Coretta Scott King Award recognizes African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and adults and was founded in 1969 by Mabel McKissick and Glyndon Green of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is a literary monument to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King’s work to bring peace worldwide and is one of the highest honors in children’s literature. Duncan’s mother and father both taught school, so as a child she was surrounded by books and had no shortage of literary role models. Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Paul Lance Dunbar, and Gwendolyn Brooks were some of her earliest influences. “My father revered books,” Duncan says. “Books were like gold to him.” After learning to read, learning to write was naturally the next step. Winning the award has awakened many dreams for Duncan.

A historical fiction picture book best for ages 9-12, Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop, was years in the making. Duncan’s book tells the story of Lorraine Jackson, a 9-year old girl who bears witness to her father’s participation in the sanitation workers’ strike of 1968, which ultimately resulted in Dr. King’s assassination. Living in a city steeped in rich history from the Civil Rights Movement, Duncan felt compelled to tell this side of the story. “I found, as a school librarian, children did not understand the purpose of a labor union, why King came to Memphis, and how he came to be assassinated,” she says. “They only know that King was killed at the Lorraine Motel. They don’t understand the how and the why of it.” The story begins two months before King’s assassination, and Duncan drew upon the memories of local Memphian and former teacher, Dr. Almella Starks-Umoja. Duncan chronicles what Starks-Umoja remembers from the time two black sanitation workers in Memphis died as a result of old, faulty machinery and poor working conditions. “I want children to understand that freedom is not free,” says Duncan. “I want them to understand that in every generation there is some social and civic struggle to overcome, and that they are required to do their part in their generation. They don’t get a pass.”

Awarded annually by the ALA, the Youth Media Awards are bestowed upon the best writers and illustrators in children’s and young adult literature. Other prestigious awards given this year include:

Randolph Caldecott Award: awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children — Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall. A lone lighthouse stands against the rocky waves searching for a keeper. When one arrives, he not only brings the lighthouse back to life, he makes it his home. Illustrated in Chinese ink and watercolor, this picture book is best suited for grades K-3. Michael L. Printz Award: for excellence in literature written for young adults — The Poet X, written by Elizabeth Acevedo. Xiomara Barista, whose name means “ready for war,” has been fighting her whole life. After joining a spoken-word poetry club and learning to release pent-up frustrations in her poetry journal, Xiomara begins to figure out her place in the world. This novel in verse is also a National Book Award winner and belongs on bookshelves in grades 9-12. Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award: — A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, written by Claire Hartfield. This case study in one of the deadliest race riots in Chicago’s history carefully unpacks the events that led to citywide unrest. Primary sources illustrate the escalation of violence when police officers refuse to arrest a white man for throwing a rock and killing a young African-American teen. This narrative nonfiction will be revered by history buffs in grades 9-12. Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: The Stuff of Stars, illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Poet Marion Dane Bauer takes readers from the second the universe was born to the moment life on Earth began. Poetic free verse tells the story of the creation of the universe and is beautifully illustrated with handmarbled paper and collage. Carl Sagan fans in grades K-3 will gobble up this book.


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Newbery Award: awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature — Merci Suárez Changes Gears, written by Meg Medina. Merci, on scholarship at a private school in Florida, has to do community service to make up for her free tuition. As if being a charity case weren’t hard enough, Edna Santos targets her when the new kid is assigned to be Merci’s Sunshine Buddy and her grandfather is starting to act strange and forget things. This coming-of-age tale is perfect for grades 3-7.



A local mom shares a few simple tips for forming better relationships with your children.


A game of jacks gave the day a playful rhythm. Hopscotch was a refreshing adventure to share with the girls down the street, and Double Dutch was only for those who dared to defy gravity with timing and clumsiness and those things that take you from kid to neighborhood star. We got our hands dirty and our hair messed up, and it didn’t bother us. Who would have thought that birthday cakes and Southern pies could be made from a sophisticated combination of dirt, water, and imagination? We lived in a simpler freedom that I wanted to pass on to my children. However, simple isn’t much in demand anymore. Things have changed and are continuing to. Change can be good, but there are some old things that are worth holding on to. One-on-one, person-toperson communication is one of them, especially between parents and their children. There are so many new battles that my children will have to face that I didn’t have to. Since I can’t shield them from everything, I at least want to form a line of open communication that allows them to feel comfortable talking to me about what they’re facing. There are three ways that I am implementing this that I would like to share you, and first on the list is family journaling. I bought a journal for myself and my three kids. Nothing fancy. We have the 50-cent composition pads from the dollar

store. We each have a different color with our names written on the front. These journals are only used for sharing and communicating with each other. The kids have the option to share what they have written with me, but they don’t have to if they don’t want to. Sometimes they write about their day. Often, it’s about school. Other times, they’ll just sketch and draw me a picture.

I like to share with them things that I’m working on and my dreams and aspirations for myself, for them, and for our family. Honestly things haven’t gotten really deep. My 7-year-old, who loves video games and computers, has a hard time yielding to anything that doesn’t involve technology. I

will maybe get a few stick figures out of him. That’s fine because the idea is just for them to know that I’m interested and that they can talk to me about anything, whether it be dried-up chicken nuggets at school lunch or something deeper. Second is our no social media night. These are days when we watch movies together at home and have our favorite snacks. We laugh and talk together, and no one is allowed to be on any devices. I thought this would be hard, but they really enjoy it. They always appreciate just kind of kicking around as a family. They talk a lot during these times. They can’t wait to tell me about friends, school, and what they want me to spend money on. Number three also deals with social media and phone time. I have times of the day when I give my phone no attention because I want my kids to know that I’m available and I’m not distracted. I work from my laptop often, so this one I’m still working on. How I’m learning to balance this is simply by telling them what I’m doing. I’ll get them situated with lunch, chores, homework, etc., then I’ll tell them what I have going on that’s going to cause me to be at my computer or on the phone. I hope these ideas will be helpful for you and your family. We all have different schedules and responsibilities, so the main thing is to tailor these to fit your family and your lifestyle. Take the meat you need and throw away the bones.

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I often think back to the times when I was growing up. The times that brought me great warmth and laughter provide a pillow of memories for me as an adult. Sometimes I wish that I could be back in my grandma’s backyard eating the sweet nectar of honeysuckle flowers. Porch play with friends was the best.

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Festival season is in full swing — here are local summer happenings. by JESSE DAVIS

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Juneteenth Urban Music Festival The Juneteenth festival is an event that truly earns its slogan, "celebrating freedom." Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., and every year, the Memphis edition of the festival is held Downtown in Robert R. Church Park, with musical performances, food, job fairs, kids talent contests, and the Ultimate Dance Showdown. Robert R. Church Park, June 14th-16th.


Mid-South International Festival A celebration of the many cultures of the world, the MidSouth International Festival will feature a variety of international foods, traditional dance and costumes, and vendors offering clothing, jewelry, and more! There is no admission fee on Saturday, June 29th. Railgarten, June 29th-30th.

JULY WEVL Blues on the Bluff Okay, full disclosure, I host My Morning Mixtape on WEVL, Memphis' listener-supported radio station, so maybe I'm not the most impartial observer. But, that said, Blues on the Bluff is a party. And it's not just the music. There's a reason so many couples choose to get married at the Metal Museum. The grounds afford a sweeping view of the river and the bluffs, and old trees dot the lawn, offering shade. July, when Blues on the Bluff is usually held, is hot, but the wind off the river offers some relief. And last year, Memphis

Made teamed up with WEVL to create a special edition version of Junt, the Midtown brewery's cream ale, to celebrate the volunteer radio station's biggest fund-raiser party. Oh, and then there's the music. They don't call it Blues on the Bluff for nothing. The Metal Museum, July 20th. Memphis Flyer Burger Week One of the best burgers I've ever had, I ate sitting on the tail of my uncle's pickup truck at a rodeo in White River, Arkansas. We were there to fish, not for the rodeo, but we'd gotten into town too late to eat anywhere but at the rodeo concession stand, the last place open at dusk in the sleepy town. I was theatrically starving, as only a 12-year-old on a fishing trip can be, and that burger, once I ate it, was 17 different kinds of satisfying. I've been chasing that same kind of burger high ever since, and Memphis Flyer Burger Week has offered my only way to come close to recapturing the beefy bliss of that rodeo burger. What really puts the carmelized onions on my bun, so to speak, are the $5.99 Burger Week prices. So, if you want to recapture your own slice of hamburger heaven, join me for some brand-new burgers and some old favorites all week long, at participating restaurants all over the Memphis area. Various locations, July 10th-16th. Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis Considering the time women spent excluded from theater in the early days of the art form, it's about time that they had their own theater festival. And, good news. The Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis is now officially an CONTINUED ON 18












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Elvis Week Some readers may know about Elvis Aaron Presley’s identical twin brother, Jessie Garon Presley, who was delivered stillborn. Now, I don’t mean to suggest that my dad was too into Elvis, but my name is Jesse Aaron Davis. All that to say, I’m not entirely sure when I went to my first Elvis Week event, but I have vivid memories of watching concert and movie footage in big venues and tiny restaurants, and I’ve been to at least one Elvis laser light show at the Pink Palace planetarium. And all that was before the planetarium got a state-of-theart overhaul and the folks at Graceland built their entertainment complex. And though I’m more of a Stax guy these days, I still love the way Memphis becomes Elvis-centric for a week. And I love the way Elvis fanatics from the world over converge on the Bluff City for special

performances, Elvis film screenings, and the candlelight vigil. Various locations, August 9th-17th. Ostrander Awards If a party keeps getting thrown year after year for 36 years, then it has to be doing something right, right? In that case, the Ostrander Awards, an annual celebration honoring the best in the local theater, is on a winning streak. Held at the Orpheum, usually on the last Sunday in August, the Ostranders are a Memphis theater tradition. Named after beloved Memphis theater icon Jim Ostrander, a longstanding member of the local theater community, these awards honor excellence in a variety of categories, in both the community theater division and the college theater division. All aspects of stage production will be recognized. The Orpheum, August 25th, $15. Delta Fair The Sherman Brothers must have been thinking about the Delta Fair when they wrote that “a fair is a veritable

smorgasbord.” With live music from rock to bluegrass, the Royal Hanneford Circus, fair food galore(!), livestock shows, competitions, and the Delta Dash 5K and 10K, the fair has something for everyone. Agricenter International, August 30thSeptember 8th.

SEASONAL Levitt Shell Live Music Series The Levitt Shell's free concert series is a seasonal staple. Overton Park sits in the center of the city, biking distance from many folks. The Shell's amphitheater shape, serious sound upgrades in recent years, and all those soundwave-absorbing park trees make for a concert series that can achieve acoustic bliss. Each season's programming spans genres, bringing a diverse array of artists to the Bluff City — total music nerd nirvana. The summer series includes performances by EKPE & The African Jazz Ensemble (June 22nd), Stax Academy (June 29th), and Orquesta Akokán (July 6th). And did I mention it's free? Overton Park, dates and times can be found at

SUMMER Family Programs at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art JUNE + JULY | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. FREE ADMISSION Come to the Brooks for a fun, free, family friendly summer of art and film! Join us each Wednesday in June and July for art-making in our drop-in studio and a variety of short films for children. To book a visit for 10 or more, please contact the tour coordinator at 901 544 6215.

FREE WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION Fun for all ages, Inside Art is a hands-on family gallery that brings the museum’s amazing collection to your fingertips. Seven exciting activities in an immersive 1,000 square feet of space, help all visitors to experience art with more confidence and enthusiasm.


SATURDAY, JUNE 29 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. FREE ADMISSION Join us for a fun-filled, interactive community day to celebrate the museum’s summer exhibition, Bouguereau & America. Enjoy art-making, food trucks, and performances, and visit the exhibition with a family gallery guide.

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IN YOUTH SPORTS Parents and coaches can work together to bring joy back into sports.


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For many kids, organized sports have lost their magic. Overbearing parents, over-the-top coaches, and overzealous competition are images often associated with youth athletic leagues today. Though playing ball used to embody the enjoyment of being a kid, the experience for many youngsters has now become too serious and stressful — and ultimately not worth it. One study conducted by the National Alliance for Youth Sports revealed 70 percent of U.S. children drop out of organized sports by age 13, with pressure and burnout among the main reasons cited. “The politics, as well as the over-emphasis adults put on kids to see a college scholarship as the ultimate goal, is ruining a kid’s ability to get the most out of sports,” says Maya Castro, author of The Bubble: Everything I Learned as a Target of the Political, and Often Corrupt, World of Youth Sports. “This over-emphasis has created an environment amongst the parents and coaches that is similar to a mafia. We badly need changes in this toxic, political, and corrupt environment. And it must start with the parents.” Castro, who says her own experience as a young soccer player was tainted by misguided and misbehaving adults, offers ideas on how adults can improve the youth-sports culture.

Strive to be a mentor. Parents and coaches have a great opportunity to use sports as a teaching tool for life. “The learning aspect of the game needs to be the focal point of youth sports,” says Castro. “Sports should be an extension of family values and behaviors. Good parents and coaches tie in the ups and downs of competition with the challenges in navigating adult life.” Model positive behaviors. Part of the negative image of youth sports is related to parents yelling at coaches, referees, opponents, or even their own kids. “There are enough critics in the stands hurling profanities and insults during a game,” Castro says. “Parents should set the right example for their kid — and for adults who obviously haven’t grown up.” Enjoy the moment. Too many parents and their young athletes are fretting the future. “Too often it’s all about winning and getting the scholarship,” says Castro, “but my parents told me there was a time when kids actually enjoyed playing for the sake of playing, and parents won just by getting to watch

them play. We need to get back to that. Without it, memories are wasted.” Be encouraging. “Celebrate the effort, not just the result,” Castro says. “This goes for youth coaches as well as parents. When kids do some good things, don’t let the mistakes cloud your post-game comments. Be honest in discussing room for improvement, but not at the expense of making them feel like they have to play perfect to get praise.” Make education first. Many observers of youth sports say parents have lost perspective by thinking their kid is on the fast track to a scholarship or a pro career. Statistics show few advance that far. “In the meantime, kids are exhausted from travel leagues and tournaments,” Castro says, “and the way their future through sports is emphasized, education becomes a distant second.” “Whether a kid decides to keep playing sports or to walk away,” Castro says, “he or she should be able to do so without deep regret in having wasted their time.”

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LAUSANNE CELEBRATES THE CLASS OF 2019 Hugs, high fives and cheers awaited Lausanne Collegiate School’s Class of 2019 as they walked through the halls of the school for the final time, getting applause from their younger peers and former teachers. The seniors proudly wore shirts from the colleges they have chosen to attend as they made their way through the crowd of cheering PK through 11th grade students.

Lausanne believes students deserve to be recognized for their hard work, and the Class of 2019 has racked up some pretty significant accomplishments. Its 101 members are matriculating to 64 schools around the globe after being offered $15.2 million in scholarships. The class won 283 Scholastic Art Awards, five State Athletic Championships and the State Championship for Robotics. During their time at Lausanne, they also participated in over 200 internships around the city. The walkthrough signifies the beginning of a new chapter for Lausanne seniors and a chance to display the different schools the students will be attending after graduation. This tradition allows seniors to reflect on their academic journey as they pass by their old classrooms and the teachers that taught them throughout the years, all while giving younger students an example for the future. “We are very proud of the Class of 2019,” said Stuart McCathie, Headmaster of Lausanne Collegiate School. “Seniors anticipate the walkthrough every school year, and we are honored to provide them with the opportunity to celebrate the college or university they have chosen.” Learn more about Lausanne at

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WHEN DAD WAS DOWN Almost losing my father made me a better dad. By JEFF HULETT


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A few years ago, my dad, age 72, found himself in the deepest, darkest depression he’d ever experienced. A mostly happy-golucky extrovert was staring down demons and challenges he’d never encountered before. He was a few years into a forced retirement, trying to find his new normal, when he lost his way. He was frail, shaky, and distant from those who loved him. He lost interest in all of the things he’d found joy in before. A man who craved company and attention was retreating into darkness right before our eyes. We all noticed something wasn’t right. I was scared but also somewhat prepared, as mental illness runs in my family. I had also taken part in Mental Health First Aid, a national program that teaches participants the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance abuse. This course is something I recommend for everyone, especially those working closely with people who are struggling. For my dad, it started slowly, with little things that presented themselves as small red flags. He was ornery and impatient. If you’ve ever met my father, you wouldn’t believe the changes. This is a guy who thrives on being the center of attention, the life of the party. Thankfully, my mom convinced my dad to check into the hospital. This is where things got worse. He was listless and completely checked out from the idea of living. It was hard to hear my dad say things like “I just want to die” or “What do I have to show for my life?” He wouldn’t shave or eat, and he

started hearing audible hallucinations. I was concerned he was slipping deeper into the darkness. I would visit him and leave with zero hope. Then the doctors presented an idea that could help my father if we thought he would go for it. We were open to anything at that

point. Along with therapy and antidepressant medication, they recommended electroconvulsive therapy. Formerly known as electroshock therapy, ECT is a voluntary psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced in patients to provide relief from mental disorders. It sounds radical, I know, but the improvement we saw after just one treatment was remarkable. My dad started

to talk more, eat more, and he stopped having those oppressive feelings of selfdoubt. He wanted company, whereas just a few weeks before he just wanted to die alone. It was a miracle. Truth is, the pendulum has swung so far the other way. My dad has started acting like a person in their early 20s —the vigor to live life is back in full force. Dad is back. I can’t help but think some of his depression stemmed from the generation he came up in. A member of the “Forgotten Generation,” many folks in this group were taught to never ask for help and to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. What I’ve learned is that everyone needs help. Depression knows no gender, religion, age, or race, and it can be deadly. I’m grateful for the return of my father. It’s made me more cognizant of my own mental health, and it’s also made me value family time more than ever. It’s easy to kick the can down the road and hope everything will work out, but in situations like this, action is key. Every day is a gift with my father now. This is the way I look at my time with my kids, too. I want to create as many memories as I can with them while I’m able. God knows I won’t be around forever, so I better enjoy these younger years while my girls don’t mind hanging out with dear old dad.

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Arlithia Mackey, a 6th-grade English language arts teacher at Veritas College Preparatory Charter School, has taken a lot from her positive educational experience growing up and has applied this knowledge to her teaching career. Mackey was born in the Bahamas, but her mother for them. “By the end of the first couple of weeks of school, wanted to provide her and her sister the best educational I make it a priority to know how to pronounce students’ first opportunities she could, so she moved them to Florida. “My and last names, connect with their families, understand their mother was very dedicated and would wake up at 5 a.m. every life stories and who they are as people,” she says. “Those day to drive us to school 55 minutes away from where we things are essential for me. And when I get in the classroom, lived,” says Mackey. “She wanted us to have a great education, I’m able to lean on that knowledge to help each individual and that [ideal] followed me for the rest of my life.” student learn.” When Mackey was in 7th grade, she had an opportunity to Mackey wants lessons to be interesting for her students. visit the University of Florida. “I fell in love with the campus, “I’m a hands-on learner, and I’m also a hands-on instructor. and I promised myself that was the school I was going to go I believe in teaching by doing. So when it comes time to to,” she says. explain something, I find an interactive way to introduce The Florida Opportunities Scholars Program awarded it,” she says, adding, “I also think that it’s really important Mackey a scholarship for first-generation college students so for middle schoolers to understand the relevance of what she could attend the University of Florida, where she majored they’re learning. Even when I’m talking about concepts, in family, youth, and community sciences. While there, she it’s rimportant for me to connect it to the bigger picture, taught 7th-grade literature for Breakthrough Collaborative, a whether it be college, career, or something relevant to what’s nonprofit organization dedicated to effecting positive change happening in the world around them.” in urban schools. “I tried teaching that first time, and I fell Mackey and her students have a quid pro quo relationship. in love with it,” she says. “I taught the class again, and then I “As a teacher, I teach my kids to believe in the greatest decided to minor in education.” thing that they can imagine and go after it. I learned that in Once she graduated, Mackey began to look into charter showing my students how to succeed, I can do the same for school education and reform. “I had seen that Memphis had myself,” she says. “They have the greatest imaginations, and a lot going on with that,” she says. So she applied for the they inspire me. They have dreams for me that I haven’t even Teach for America program in Memphis, and she was placed at considered, like writing a book.” Veritas in 2015. “I absolutely love teaching here,” she says. “It’s Mackey received her master’s degree in secondary been the joy of my life.” educational studies last year from Johns Hopkins University, Mackey says that having a degree in family, youth, and and now, she is considering pursuing a doctorate in either community sciences has helped her tremendously with sociology or curriculum and instruction. “My end goal, if I her teaching career. “I have applied much of what I learned go that route, would be to work in universities and teacher in college to teaching,” she says. “I got the opportunity to preparation programs to prepare pre-service teachers understand the psychology of adolescent development and to for working in urban school districts,” she says. “I think it’s understand from an outside perspective.” important for teachers to understand the conditions around Mackey aims to connect with each of her students so she students and what’s going on with them on a psychological can facilitate a positive and effective learning environment and societal level before they enter the classroom.” We want to shine a light on your child’s teacher, or even a teacher who made a difference in your life. Submit your nomination today by emailing 22 4

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No, the dress code at School of Rock doesn’t involve bow ties and velvet blazers, and students aren’t required to play a red, devil-horned Gibson SG guitar, although that probably wouldn’t be against the rules.

“The biggest question we receive is ‘what do you do?’ They’re confused by it, for many reasons, but mainly because there’s a film and a Broadway show called School of Rock,” says Landon Moore, general manager at School of Rock Memphis, a performance-based music school for young rock-star hopefuls in the Bluff City. “They’re like, ‘So do you have a guy who imitates Jack Black there?’” Moore says the school has no connection to the 2003 film starring Jack Black — at least outside of a healthy appreciation for classic rock. “We do teach the fundamentals of music, but we teach it through song first. Then we back it up with music theory,” Moore explains. That distinction is what separates School of Rock from traditional music lessons, which are primarily a solo endeavor. There’s no substitute for time spent doggedly working to master an instrument. Hours hunched over a fretboard or piano keys lead to increasingly less fumbling runs through the intro to “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” or “Stairway to Heaven.” It’s what makes musicians. But likewise, there’s no substitute for playing with other musicians. That’s what makes performers. The communication skills necessary to play with other musicians are as vital as pinch harmonics, hammer-ons, and finger picking — if not more so. That’s why the folks at School of Rock get new students playing together right away. “It’s not just lessons,” Moore says. “You’re instantly placed with a band, depending on your age, depending on your talent level.” The groups consist of between eight to 15 children of similar ages and skill levels. There are three class levels at School of Rock: Rock 101 for rock-and-roll rookies, Opening Act for the intermediate players, and Performance for the (usually) older and more experienced players. But if a student works hard enough, they’ll be elevated quickly. “Last season, I had a drummer who was 6 years old in Performance, our highest group, because he practiced so much, and he just breathes drums,” Moore says. The young percussionist, who has now added bass lessons to his studies in his quest to become a rhythm section wunderkind, has already sat in on a few gigs with grown-up musicians. “It checks your ego as a professional musician when you’re hearing some of these kids, and you think, ‘In five years, they’re going to be taking some of my gigs.’”

eventually became a bandmate, as she recruited Moore to help form her project Epps. De Witt, currently a sophomore studying journalism at the University of Southern California, studied at School of Rock from 2013 to 2016. Epps’ most recent single, “Losing,” was featured by Trip Hop Nation, a multi-platform podcast. “We didn’t do the standard approach they typically teach,” de Witt says. “It was more of an electronic music approach, but School of Rock still taught me the performance skills and approaching songwriting. It’s definitely applicable to what I was doing.” De Witt also stresses the value of practicing and performing with different students at different skill levels, explaining that it’s helped her both in other musical collaborations and in interview settings. “You form a different band for each song in your set list, in a way, which can be valuable, because you get to play with all different types of people,” de Wittt says of Oliv ia d the rotating performance e Witt system. “It’s harder to play with other people than one might think.” Though her studies demand more of her attention these days, de Witt has been collaborating with some music production majors at USC and says that she has no intention of hanging up her rock-and-roll shoes for good. “College is super demanding, so I haven’t been playing as much as I did in high school,” de Witt says. “But I would definitely love to continue to make music. If it doesn’t work out as a career, that’s not going to stop me from making music.” And that’s the benefit of having learned to perform. While some kids will want to be the next Led Zeppelin (or the next BlocBoy JB or Tame Impala), most will have an antidote to boredom and loneliness, an instant way to connect with people. All they have to do is pick up a guitar, wait for the downbeat, and start strumming.

Jesse Davis is a staff writer for Contemporary Media. His writing has appeared in the Memphis Flyer, Memphis magazine, In Pieces journal, and The Chester County Independent. He is the host of My Morning Mixtape on WEVL 89.9 FM.


“This season, we’re doing a tribute to the ’50s,” Moore says. “Fats Domino, Elvis Presley. And you’re never playing with the same kid twice. You might be on the Elvis song with these three people, but then you’re on the Fats Domino song with these other three.” Also this season, the School of Rock students are covering the entire Beatles white album, in addition to performing tributes to Aerosmith, the famed New York punk club CBGB, and a tribute show called “Ladies of the ’80s.” June, the beginning of the summer season, will bring a new curriculum and new songs, which will change again in the fall. In one of the school’s more popular seasons, the students covered local bands, with some members from the bands sitting in on the performances. “I had Jody [Stephens] come out, and we did a few Big Star songs,” Moore says before reeling off a list of local celebrities that includes Lucero, Star & Micey, Amy LaVere, Dead Soldiers, Graham Landon Moore Winchester, and James & the Ultrasounds. And it all raised money for the School of Rock scholarship program. “School of Rock doesn’t want to turn anyone away,” Moore says. “We just threw another event at Neil’s, and it raised about $2,500. We have people come in all the time and let us know that, ‘for this amount of time, we need a little help.’ And we’re there to do it.” While covering the classics is the meat and potatoes of the School of Rock soul stew, Moore says, “We offer other things, too, because we’re not just preaching covers. We always have in rotation songwriting camps, recording technology camps, and workshops.” He continues, “I always tell the kids that learning this music is a great craft, but writing is where the art comes in.” One of Moore’s former students, Olivia de Witt,


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New Orleans


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New Orleans definitely knows how to party, but there are plenty of activities for families to enjoy. I recently visited with my wife, Carol, and daughters, Claire (11) and Shelby (13), and explored some of what the city has to offer. Here are some highlights from our trip.


LODGING We stayed three nights at the Drury Inn & Suites, a great value for families located a short walk from New Orleans’ famous French Quarter. The room size was sufficient, and the beds comfortable. Amenities include a full breakfast, evening snacks, and three free alcoholic drinks in the evening, all included in the price of the room. The hotel is located conveniently near RTA streetcar lines, which offer inexpensive public transportation, and it’s not far from the Mississippi River Riverwalk. They also welcome dogs.

ACTIVITIES New Orleans City Park – The 1,300-acre park offers a variety of activities for families, including Storyland amusement park, New Orleans Botanical Garden, and miniature golf. We took the RTA trolley Canal Street Line there and spent much of our time at Storyland, a theme park with rides for kids. The park features images of storybook characters, but my children were most interested in the rides — ferris wheel, carousel, roller coasters, slide, and bumper cars. New Orleans Museum of Art – Nearby Storyland is the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), which has some neat art not only inside but also at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden alongside the museum. NOMA’s three floors have a variety of art from many different cultures, as well as some big-name artists. When you visit, make sure to dine at the fabulous Café Noma. We enjoyed offerings from the CONTINUED ON 30


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Side-Trip to Mobile

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Mobile, Alabama, is an old Southern city with a colorful history. It’s just over a couple hours by car from New Orleans, so we took a side-trip there to enjoy the area’s sights.

Hermann-Grima Historic House – This 6,000-square-foot property in the French Quarter was once the home of two prominent New Orleans families. Built in 1831, it gives a glimpse at the lives of the wealthy of the era. Tour its bedrooms, dining rooms, sitting rooms, kitchen, and courtyard. Your guide can answer all of your questions. If you have the time, tour its sister home, Gallier House, about a 10-minute walk away.

LODGING Homewood Suites is located off the I-65 freeway, a few miles from downtown Mobile. Clean and well maintained, Homewood features large suites and many amenities. A good breakfast is included, and there’s a pool and exercise room. Our room had a kitchen with a cooking area and refrigerator, and a separate living room with a sofa bed.


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DINING Ruby Slipper Café – This New Orleans favorite is the place to go for breakfast/brunch and lunch. It has the feel of a neighborhood café, and there are multiple locations in New Orleans. I had one of their benedicts, Eggs Blackstone, which features applewood-smoked bacon and grilled tomato on a buttermilk biscuit — they’re known for excellent biscuits — with two poached eggs and hollandaise. The cafe also serves wonderful French toast and pancake breakfasts, and, if you like an early drink, cocktails such as mimosas. We went to the 200 Magazine St. location. There’s typically a wait here, so make a reservation on Yelp before your arrival.


Napoleon House – Located in the French Quarter, this historic spot was built to house Napoleon Bonaparte in exile (although he never made it to the U.S.). Today, it’s a popular eatery featuring a delicious menu of sandwiches, po-boys, appetizers, and salads. We had the Italian muffuletta, their specialty, which has multiple meats and cheeses and is served warm. We also tried the fried shrimp po’ boy — although the grilled alligator sausage looked interesting! The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating options. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant – Located conveniently near the French Quarter and across from the Riverwalk, Gordon Biersch is known for its home-brewed beers but also offers fine burgers (including a Kobe beef option), chicken, tacos, salmon, flatbreads, and a variety of starters. It’s competitively priced and has great service.


ATTRACTIONS Bellingrath Gardens and Home – Bellingrath is the former home of a wealthy Coca-Cola bottler, Walter Bellingrath, who died in 1955. Located on the Fowl River (a short drive out of Mobile), the 65-acre estate features beautiful gardens (with something always blooming!), fountains, and a conservatory. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the 15-room brick home, which looks out onto the river. The home appears as it did — including original furnishings — when the Bellingraths resided there. The surrounding area teems with wildlife. I took the Bayou MOCK AIR RAID, USS ALABAMA Observatory Walk over a portion of the river and saw swimming turtles, large fish, and even a water snake. If you’re hungry, stop for sandwiches and snacks at its Magnolia Café. Bellingrath was one of my favorite stops on the trip; spend the whole day if you have the time.


Dauphin Island – A few minutes from Bellingrath, this long, narrow island with sandy beaches sits at the opening of Mobile Bay. Attractions include the Dauphin Island Estuarium, a public aquarium introducing visitors to the four key habitats of coastal Alabama. More than 100 species of sea animals are on display in aquaria themed to their habitat. The stingray (with stingers removed) petting tank is a highlight. Fort Gaines – This Civil War-era fort is located on Dauphin Island alongside the Estuarium. It’s perhaps best known for its part in the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, when Admiral Farragut famously told his men, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” Walk the site and enjoy magnificent views of Mobile Bay and the Gulf. Enjoy the fort’s historic structures with original cannons, kitchens, tunnels, and museum. We watched a historical reenactor fire a cannon and the blacksmith at work.

Richards DAR House – This is another of Mobile’s historic homes, built in 1860. It’s operated by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Our tour guide went into great detail about the people who once lived there, its furnishings, and 19th century life in Mobile. We even heard some interesting ghost stories. Unlike other similar sites, they were open to us sitting on the furniture and allowed us take photos inside. Airboat Express – The Mobile-Tensaw River Delta is rich in plant and sea life; take an airboat tour and see it firsthand. There are plenty of birds and plants, but I suspect what most people want to see are the alligators. We saw a dozen or more of varying sizes. The owners are a married couple, Brittany and Geoff, who are very accommodating to visitors and knowledgeable about the ecosystem. USS Alabama – This retired warship was used to fight in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans during World War II. It is now moored permanently in Mobile Bay.

There are lots of ladders to climb to go below deck and then up to the bridge, but all is well-lit, and USS ALABAMA there is even air conditioning. It’s a great way to see how the crew once lived and carried out their duties. The many displays tell the stories of the men who took the ship to battle and the battles in which they participated. Military aircraft, a submarine, and the USS Drum can also be seen on the grounds. It was our good fortune to visit on a day many USS Alabama veterans returned to enjoy a mock battle with an attacking airplane. One elderly veteran was given the opportunity to fire the same deck gun he had used as a young man.

great dinner. The menu features sandwiches — we tried the pulled pork, smoked sausage, and smoked turkey — a variety of platters, and some delicious sides. They have craft beers on tap, and live music on the weekends.

RESTAURANTS Moe’s Original Bar B Que – We went to the downtown Mobile location and enjoyed a

The Original Oyster House – This seafood lover’s paradise is located alongside the Airboat Express dock. It features magnificent views of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta and delicious seafood, including oysters and a variety of shrimp dishes. Other favorites include seafood po’ boys and platters and Southern sides (try the cheese grits!). Great atmosphere, great service, great view, and very popular — don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a table! These are just a few of the many stops you can make in these two wonderful cities. My family thoroughly enjoyed exploring New Orleans and Mobile. We’ll be back soon! For more information or to plan your trip, visit or

Jim Graves is a family travel writer. His work has appeared in such publications as Birmingham Parent, LA Parent, New York Parenting, Pittsburgh Parent, and Utah Family.

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S TRONG A Mid-South family unexpectedly faced infectious disease — this is their story. By KATHERINE PERRY

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“How did this happen?”


It’s the question Cali Smith gets most, and not coincidentally, the question she most dreads. In fact, it probably isn’t the most sensitive question one could ask of a mother who nearly lost her son to infectious disease. But Smith, a 5th-grade teacher at Bailey Station Elementary in Collierville, doesn’t let it offend her. She knows it’s a question born of fear — every parent’s worst nightmare. In fact, Smith spent weeks asking herself the same question. The answer isn’t easy, bringing back a flood of emotions — joy and gratitude over her son’s recovery from a life-threatening illness, the trauma of having to watch her 7-year-old son, Sutton, fight for his life, and finally, the shock of learning that nothing, absolutely nothing, could have prevented his illness. Last fall, what began as a moderate football injury resulted in a series of surgeries, medical procedures, and physical therapy for the usually happy, fun-loving first-grader. Today, Sutton is doing great, back at school in Collierville where his teachers and friends had been praying for

him every day, yet he and his family still struggle with more than the usual amount of anxiety that comes along with any diagnosis of strep. What parents usually think of as group A streptococcus (GAS), or strep as it is commonly called, is the characteristic sore throat that usually clears up quickly with easily available and affordable antibiotics. Most of us have had, or know someone who has had, this version of strep, which is probably why so many people ask Cali, “How did this happen?” For Sutton, strep meant something far more serious, and, according to Dr. Sandra Arnold, division chief of pediatric infectious diseases with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, what happened to Sutton is more common than most people realize. Sutton developed multifocal musculoskeletal infection due to GAS, a kind of infection that can also be caused by a staphylococcal bacteria or staph. Complicating matters further, Sutton also developed toxic shock syndrome, or sepsis, which made him even sicker. It all started on a Friday at football practice. Sutton felt the soreness, pain, and weakness that is typical after a sports injury.

But when his pain didn’t improve, and in fact, seemed to worsen, his parents took him to the doctor the following Monday. Their orthopedist thought it might be Sever’s Disease (calcaneal apophysitis), a swelling of the growth plate in the heel. They were told to “keep an eye on him” and notify the doctor if he didn’t improve. He was given crutches and went back to school the next day. But, before the end of the day, he was running a fever and the pain had worsened. Back to the doctor again, this time to the pediatrician, who said Sutton probably had a “fever virus.” They were told to continue monitoring him and let the doctor know if he didn’t improve. In the midst of all this, Cali Smith was scheduled to go out of town with friends for a long-awaited girls’ trip. She had misgivings about leaving, but with her husband’s encouragement and assurance, she reluctantly joined her friends. “But, I was never truly at peace with going,” she says. “Something just didn’t feel right.” By midday Thursday, Sutton was in a boot with instructions to continue monitoring the pain. When his father called the doctor Friday morning to describe Sutton’s pain, the doctor said, “This kind of

Katherine Perry is a freelance writer, as well as an educator, wife, and mother of three adult daughters. She lives with her husband and two dogs in Collierville.


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pain is not normal.” Sutton’s mother rushed home as fast as she could to meet them in the ER at Le Bonheur. “That was the longest plane ride of my life,” she says. When she arrived at Le Bonheur, the doctors told the Smiths their son was very sick and would need surgery right away. The infection in Sutton’s body had been spreading and multiplying, and if not stopped quickly, threatened to take his limbs and possibly his life. According to Dr. Arnold, “Children are uniquely predisposed to infection because of the growth plates in their body and the fact that their bones have rich, but sluggish, blood flow.” These conditions provide an opportunity for infection to fester and multiply. “We see this type of infection more often than people might expect,” says Arnold. In short, infection loves bones, and children’s bones especially. “I knew that we had to get people praying,” says Smith. And pray they did — throughout multiple surgeries, procedures, and physical therapy. “I saw pictures and video of my fellow teachers, administrators, friends, and school staff at Bailey Station Elementary… all praying for my child,” she says. In addition, the school raised money for Sutton’s medical expenses by selling “Sutton Strong” T-shirts. There were frequent visits and gift baskets to encourage and support the Smith family. “That meant so much to us; we can never express the full measure of our gratitude,” Smith says. “When I think of my Bailey Station family, the word ‘compassionate’ comes to my mind and probably always will.” Still, mixed with relief and gratitude, Smith acknowledges that there was a time when she also felt doubt and guilt as to whether or not they could have done anything to prevent Sutton’s illness. Dr. Arnold says emphatically, “There is absolutely nothing that could have prevented what happened to Sutton.” The most important thing parents can do, she says, is to be aware of the possibility of infection. Surprisingly, most parents don’t realize how quickly infection can occur and spread, or how to recognize the signs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infection can result from bacteria entering the body through a break in the skin. However, parents may be surprised to learn that an infection can also follow blunt trauma. Signs of infection include fever, redness, swelling, a rash or severe pain. “Sometimes parents are reluctant to continue asking their doctor about an injury once they’ve been sent home,” says Arnold. “Don’t be! If your child isn’t getting better, keep asking, keep calling, and keep going until your child begins to improve. There’s a very good reason why doctors tell patients to let them know if it doesn’t get better or gets worse. Sometimes it does get worse.” When that happens, it’s important to be a persistent advocate for your child’s health. Today, as a result of the infection, Sutton still has trouble with his left hip, which requires ongoing monitoring by an orthopedic specialist. But for the most part, Sutton is a happy, healthy boy who enjoys each day thanks to some persistent, diligent parents and an amazing team of medical professionals at Le Bonheur.


Get Schooled

A guide to assist in your search to find the right education environment for your child. EDITED BY JULIA BAKER

East High School 3206 Poplar, 38111 • 416-6160 • Grades: 9-12 • • T-STEM Academy encourages problem-based and professional learning and college and career readiness. Germantown Elementary School 2730 Cross Country Dr., 38138 • 416-0945 • Grades: 1-5 • germtownelementary • Enriched Academics/International Studies program; also a learning garden, French classes, side-by-side concert with Memphis Symphony Orchestra, partnerships with Germantown Middle and High School, and CLUE classes for gifted students.

Searching for the right fit for your child’s education but don’t know where to start? We’ve compiled a list of local schools to help you find one that will fit the needs of your child. Here, you’ll see Shelby County schools, optional programs, and

Germantown Middle School 7925 C. D. Smith Rd., 38138 •

charter, municipality, and independent schools. For more info on each type of school and a more comprehensive list, visit

416-0950 • Grades: 6-8 • •

Enriched Academics/College Preparatory, STEM, and World


Languages provide challenging educational opportunities; Robotics and STEM programs and environment-based

specialized clubs and extracurricular activities offered.

learning labs are available. Germantown High School 7653 Old Poplar Pike, 38138 •

SCS has two optional programs: schools that use the schoolwithin-a-school approach (optional program and traditional

Craigmont High School 3333 Covington Pike, 38128

416-0955 • Grades: 9-12 •

classes) and optional only (all students participate in the

• 416-4312 • Grades: 9-12 •

or /germantownhighcapa • International Baccalaureate

program). In the following profiles, optional programs are

• College Preparatory program, International Studies

College Preparatory program; Performing Arts program

described, and optional only schools are designated with an

Optional Program, Robotics Club, National Society of

garners national recognition.

asterisk (*).

Black Engineers (NSBE) Junior Chapter, and more; also

*Balmoral-Ridgeway Elementary School 5905 Grosvenor

Special Education, Honors/Advanced Placement and Dual

Grahamwood Elementary School 3950 Summer


Ave., 38122 • 416-5952 • Grades: 1-5 • grahamwoodelementary • Enriched Academics program

Ave., 38119 • 416-2128 • Grades: 1-5 • balmoralridgewayelementary • International Baccalaureate

Craigmont Middle School 3455 Covington Pike, 38128 •

provides a safe, diverse, and academically challenging

(IB) World School Primary Years Programme promotes

416-7780 • Grades: 6-8 • • The


education of the whole child with a global education.

only International Studies middle school in West Tennessee;

Bellevue Middle School 575 S. Bellevue Blvd., 38104 • 416-

prepares students by encouraging problem-solving, critical

Havenview Middle School 1481 Hester Ln., 38116 • 416-3092

thinking, and global awareness.

• Grades: 6-8 • • STEAM program offers rigorous academic concepts to develop

4488 • Grades: 6-8 • • Enriched Academics/College Preparatory program prepares students

*Cummings School 1037 Cummings, 38106 • 416-7810 •

with enriched language arts, mathematics, and science

Grades: 1-8 • • Mathematical

classes. Art, music, and robotics/STEM classes available.

Minds (DM3) program emphasizes math and integrates

*Idlewild Elementary School 1950 Linden Ave., 38104

lessons into other curriculum. A laboratory school for

• 416-4566 • Grades: K-5 •

Bolton High School 7323 Brunswick Rd., 38002 • 416-1435

LeMoyne-Owen College; provides innovative teaching

es • Provides a diverse and invigorating curriculum that

• Grades: 9-12 • or /boltonhighib •

strategies by Center for Urban Education.

combines enriched science, technology, art, and music.

an internationally accepted education. Automotive

*Delano Elementary 1716 Delano, 38127 • 416-3932 •

*John P. Freeman Optional School 5250 Tulane Rd.,

technology and Agri-STEM classes are available.

Grades: 1-5 • • Computer/

38109 • 416-3156 • Grades: 1-8 •

Technology program utilizes innovative technological

johnpfreeman-k8/ • Enriched Academics/College

Brownsville Road Elementary School 5292 Banbury,

tools. Offers extracurricular activities, including pom pom,

Preparatory program instills a growth mindset and builds

38135 • 416-4300 • Grades: 1-5 •

newspaper, and Arts & Crafts Club.

meaningful relationships.

International Studies provides students with advanced

*Double Tree Elementary School 4560 Double

Keystone Elementary School 4301 Old Allen Rd., 38128

multicultural educational opportunities.

Tree, 38109 • 416-8144 • Grades: PK-5 •

• 416-3924 • Grades: 1-5 •

doubletreemontessorischool • A modified Montessori/

• ECO: Educating Children Via Through the Outdoors,

Central High School 306 S. Bellevue Blvd., 38104 • 416-

Technology school, provides a Montessori approach for

students receive an enriched education in outdoor

4500 • Grades: 9-12 • •

K-2nd grade and an emphasis on technology for grades 3-5.

classrooms (gardens, pond, “grow rooms”, and

social and intellectual skills.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme provides

brownsvilleroadelementary • Enriched Academics/

amphitheatre) and science and computer labs.

College Preparatory program includes honors and AP 0990 • Grades: 9-12 • • 20 1 9

Douglass High School 3200 Mt. Olive Rd., 38108 • 416Kingsbury High School 1270 N. Graham, 38122 • 416-6060

Colonial Middle School 1370 Colonial Rd., 38117 • 416-8980

Public Service and Communication Arts program helps

• Grades: 9-12 • • With Global

• Grades: 6-8 • • Offers

develop 21st century skills. Offers honors and AP and career

Health Studies: Applied Health Science and Health Science


courses. Arts and athletic programs are offered.

creative and performing arts classes, enriched academics,

and technical education courses.

Policy program, prepares students for college with a focus

and exploratory classes. Cordova Elementary School 750 Sanga Rd., Cordova, 38018

5946 • Grades: *K-5, 6-8 • •

*Maxine Smith STEAM Academy 750 E. Pkwy.

• 416-1700 • Grades: 1-5 •

Chess and Public Service programs provide advanced

S., 38104 • 416-4536 • Grades: 6-8 •

• Enriched Academics encourages students to expand


maxinesmithsteamacademy • STEAM program is engages students and provides a rigorous curriculum.

skills with academic competitions, STEM clubs, athletics, computer education, and art & music classes.

Downtown Elementary School 10 North Fourth St., 38103 • 416-8400 • Grades: 1-5 •

*Oak Forest Elementary School 7440 Nonconnah

Cordova Middle School 900 Sanga Rd., Cordova, 38018

• Enriched Academics/Social Studies program uses

View Cv., 38119 • 416-2257 • Grades: 1-5 •

• 416-2189 • Grades: 6-8 • •

Downtown Memphis as a “living laboratory,” with frequent

oakforestelementary • With International Baccalaureate

Provides a stimulating learning experience for students

field trips to historical, educational, and cultural sites.

(IB) Primary Years Programme, provides an enriched and

interested in computer and environmental sciences. 34

in the healthcare industry. *Douglass Elementary School 1650 Ash St., 38108 • 416-

globally recognized education.

Overton High School 1770 Lanier Ln., 38117 • 416-2136

Sherwood Elementary School 1156 Robin Hood, 38111 •

Whitehaven Elementary School 4783 Elvis Presley

• Grades 9-12 • • Creative and

416- 4864 • Grades: 1-5 •

Blvd., 38116 • 416-7431 • Grades: 1-5 •

Performing Arts program fosters development of talents in

• Academic Enrichment Through the Arts provides a

whitehavenelementary • Enriched Academics provides

performing arts with through vocal and instrumental music,

curriculum with emphasis on the arts. Students read

academic instruction in science, technology, engineering,

dance, drama, visual arts, broadcasting, and creative writing.

classic literature, solve problems, and develop writing skills;

and math (STEM).

involvement from Arts Memphis, Brooks Museum of Art, and Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Whitehaven High School 4851 Elvis Presley Blvd., 38116 • 416-3000 • Grades: 9-12 •

416-4606 • Grades: 1-5 • • A multicultural melting pot, incorporates international studies

Snowden School 1870 N. Parkway, 38112 • 416-4621

• College Preparatory/Business and Finance programs

in its enriched academics program.

• Grades: 1-8 • • Enriched

prepare students with classes that include business/finance

Academics/College Preparatory program offers STEM

and Advanced Placement courses.

Ridgeway High School 2009 Ridgeway Rd., 38119 •

courses while stressing academics, arts integration,

416-1802 • Grades: 9-12 • •

athletics, and social development.

White Station High School 514 S. Perkins, 38117 • 4168880 • Grades: 9-12 • • Ranked

International Baccalaureate World School (IB). Provides a *Springdale-Memphis Magnet Elementary School 880 N.

among Newsweek’s top high schools in America; provides

Hollywood, 38108 • 416-4883 • Grades: 1-5 •

College Preparatory program that prepares students with

Ridgeway Middle School 6333 Quince, 38119 • 416-1588

springdalememphismagnet • Exploratory Learning provides

classes in medicine, law, education, business, computer

• Grades: 6-8 • • International

a science-driven curriculum and interactive trips, labs, and

science, and public/social service.

Baccalaureate World School Middle Years Programme


course of study that is acknowledged worldwide.

White Station Middle School 5465 Mason, 38120 • 416-

encourages students to become globally-minded Treadwell Elementary School 3538 Given, 38122 • 416-

2184 • Grades: 6-8 •

6130 • Grades: K-5 • •

• College Preparatory program offers a stimulating

Riverwood Elementary School 1330 Stern Ln.,

Dual Language Immersion boasts a bilingual education and

curriculum in a state-of-the-art facility with English, math,

Cordova, 38016 • 416-2310 • Grades: 1-5 •

culturally diverse environment. English-speaking students

science, social studies, fine arts, and world languages.

riverwoodelementary • Environmental Science and

paired with students who speak other native languages to be

Community Service program encourages students to be

immersed in a foreign language educational experience.

independent thinkers.

William Herbert Brewster Elementary 2605 Sam Cooper Blvd., 38112 • 416-7150 • Grades 1-5 •

community and environmentally conscious. *Vollentine Elementary School 1682 Vollintine, 38107 •

brewsterelementary • Enriched Academics/M.A.S.T.

*Rozelle Elementary School 993 Roland, 38114 • 416-4612

416-4632 • Grades: K-5 •

program prepares students to excel in math, art, science

• Grades: K-5 • • Creative

• Science Exploration: Scholars Tackling Academic Rigor

and technology via smart boards, computer workstations,

and Performing Arts programs utilize the arts to teach

Scientifically program offers a technological learning

interactive science lab, visual arts room, and interactive

academic subjects and develop individual skills.

environment geared toward science discovery.

science lab.

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Now Enrolling! Programs for infants to 5-year-olds Learn more:

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Peabody Elementary School 2086 Young Ave., 38104 •




Willow Oaks Elementary School 4417

Crosstown High School

Willow, 38117 • 416-2196 • Grades: 1-5

1365 Tower Ave., 38104 • 401-5500 •

• • • Grades: 9-10 (first

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Enriched Academics Through the Arts and

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that exceeds state performance standards

DuBois Consortium of Charter Schools

in reading, math, science, social studies,

4443 Germantown Rd., 38125 • 509-6190

computer technology, and the arts.

• • Grades: K-12

Wooddale High School 5151 Scottsdale,

Fairley High 4950 Fairley Rd., 38109

38118 • 416-2440 • Grades: 9-12 • scsk12.

• 730-8160 • •

org/wooddalehigh • College Preparatory

Achievement School District • Grades:

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Technology program features a curriculum

students in specialized fields including aviation, robotics, and information

Freedom Preparatory Academy

technology, with an opportunity to

Elementary & Middle Westwood,

work on or finish Federal Aviation

778 Parkrose Rd., 38109 • 881-1149 •

Administration’s Private Pilot Certificates. • Achievement School


District • Grades: PK-5 & 6-8

These public schools operate independently

Freedom Preparatory Academy High

from their school districts while adhering to

5132 Jonetta St., 38109 • 259-5959 •

state-required standards. • Grades: 9-12

Arrow Academy of Excellence

Gateway University 6165 Stage Rd.,

645 Semmes, 38111 • 207-1891 •

Bartlett, 38134 • 501-7940 • guschools. • Grades:

org • Grades: 9-12

K-3 Gestalt Community Schools 3175 Lenox Aspire Public Schools Memphis

Park Blvd. #410, 38115 • 213-5161 •

3210 Raleigh-Millington Rd., 38128 • 646- • Various campuses • Grades:

6516 • • Grades:


PK-8 Granville T. Woods Academy of Innovation Aurora Collegiate Academy

3824 Austin Peay, 38128 • 308-2051 •

4841 Summer Ave., 38122 • 249-4615 • • Grades: K-8 • Grades: K-5 Kaleidoscope School of Memphis 110 Bluff City High School 4950 Fairley Rd.,

N. Court Ave., 38103 • 623-1888 •

38109 • • 730-8169 • Grade 6-8

• Grades: 9-12

KIPP: Memphis Collegiate Schools • 7 schools • Grades:

Circle of Success Learning Academy


867 S. Parkway E., 38106 • 322-7978 • • Grades: K-5

Leadership Preparatory Charter School 4190 Elliston Road, 38111 • 512-4495 •

City University School - Boys • Grades: K-8

Preparatory and Girls Preparatory 1475


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Meals will be provided on a first come, first serve basis, at the site and times as follows: Monday, June 3 through Friday, July 19, 2019 Times: Breakfast is served from 7:45 am until 8:45 am and Lunch is served from 12 pm until 1 pm. For more information call (901) 775-0304.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability and without reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service . (not all prohibited basis

apply to all programs.)

This institution is an equal-opportunity provider. Creative Life Incorporated : 1222 Riverside Blvd. Memphis, TN 38106. Creative Life Incorporated, 1222 Riverside Blvd, Memphis, TN. 38106 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program.


East Shelby Drive, 38116 • 755-2219 •

Memphis Academy of Health Sciences • Grades: 6-8

High School 3925 Chelsea Ave. Ext., 38108 • 382-1441• mahsmiddleandhigh.

City University School of Independence

org • Grades: 9-12

1475 East Shelby Dr., 38116 • 775-2219 •

Memphis Academy of Health Sciences

independence • Grades: 9-12

Middle School 3608 Hawkins Mill Rd., 38108 • 213-4123 • Grades: 6-8

Cornerstone Prep-Lester Campus 320 Carpenter St., 38112 • 416-3640

Memphis Academy of Science and

• •

Engineering 1254 Jefferson Ave., 38104

Grades: K-5/Capstone Education Group,

• 333-1580 • • Grades:

Achievement School District


Cornerstone Prep-Denver Elementary

Memphis Business Academy Elementary

1940 Frayser, 38127 • 416-3640 •

School 2450 Frayser Blvd., 38127 • 353- • Grades:

1475 • • Grades:

PK-5/Capstone Education Group,


Achievement School District

Memphis Business Academy Middle &

Grades: K-8th • Tuition: $6,500-$9,500

High School 3306 Overton Crossing,

(2017-2018) • Enrollment/student-faculty

38127 • 357-8680 • Grades: 6-12

ratio: 108; 6:1 • Religious affiliation: Jewish • Before- and after-school care: yes

SERVING CHILDREN 2K THROUGH 8TH GRADE Come be a part of out family and let us be a part of yours.

Memphis College Prep Elementary School 278 Greenlaw Ave., 38105 • 620-6475 •

Briarcrest Christian Schools *76 S. • Grades: K-5

Houston Levee, Eads, 38028 • 765-4600 • • Student body: co-ed •

Memphis Delta Prep 122 E. Mclemore,

Grades: Age 2 yrs.-12th • Tuition: $7,295

38106 • 251-1010 •

– 16,195 • Enrollment/student-faculty

• Grades: K-5

ratio: estimated 1,570 (*estimated); 11:1 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational

Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory

Christian • Before- and after-school care:

168 Jefferson, 38103 • 474-0955 •

yes *Additional locations: 6000 Briarcrest • Grades: 5-8

Avenue • 765-4600 • Grades: 2 yrs.-grade 5

Memphis RISE Academy 5050 Poplar, Suite 1714, 38157 • 303-9590 •

Christ Methodist Day School 411 S. Grove • Grades: 6-12

Park, 38117 • 683-6873 • cmdsmemphis. org • Student body: co-ed • Grades:

Memphis School of Excellence 4450 S.

2K-6th • Tuition: $2,515-$13,350 •

Mendenhall, Suite #1, 38141 • 367-7814 •

Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 525; 9:1 • Grades: 6-12

• Religious affiliation: Christian • Beforeand after-school care: yes

Memphis STEM Academy 2450 Frayser Blvd., 38127 • 353-1475 •

Christ the King Lutheran School 5296 •

Park Ave., 38119 • 682-8405 • ctkschool.

Grades: K-4

com • Student body: co-ed • Grades: Age 18 mos.-8th • Tuition: $7,500 - $8,950 •

Pathways in Education 3156 N.

Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 220; 15:1

Thomas St., 38127 • 353-4999 •

• Religious affiliation: Christian • Special • Grades: 9-12

Ed classes: Strides, Discoveries, Horizons,

HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL 4841 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38117 Phone (901) 685-1231

Honors • Before- and after-school care: Promise Academy 1346 Bryan St., 38108 •


324-4456 • hollywood.promiseacademy. com • Grades: K-5

Christian Brothers High School 5900 Walnut Grove, 38120 • 261-4900 • cbhs.

Soulsville Charter School 1115

org • Student body: male • Grades: 9th-

College St., 38106 • 261-6366 •

12th • Tuition: $14,200 • Enrollment/ •

student-faculty ratio: 850; 14:1 • Religious

Grades: 6-12

affiliation: Roman Catholic • Before- and after-school care: no

Southern Avenue Charter Elementary School 2221 Democrat Rd., 38132 • 743-

Collegiate School of Memphis 3353

7335 • •

Faxon Ave., 38122 • 591-8200 •

Grades: K-5 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 6th-12th • Tuition:

STAR Academy 3260 James Rd., 38128 •

$10,000 • Enrollment/student-faculty

387-5050 • •

ratio: 360; 17:1 • Religious affiliation:

Grades: K-6

nondenominational Christian • Beforeand after-school care: after only

Veritas College Preparatory Charter School 690 Mississippi Blv.d, 38126 • 526-

Evangelical Christian School Main Campus

1900 • • Grades:

*7600 Macon Rd., 38018 • 754-7217 •

5-8 • Student body: co-ed

A lifetime of confidence starts here When kids have a safe place to learn and grow, they can do anything.

$16,800 • Enrollment/student-faculty

1018 • •

ratio: 700; 6:1 • Religious affiliation:

Grades: K-5

nondenominational Christian *Additional


4420 • Grades: Little Eagles (age 2)-5th • Before- and after-school care: yes

Note: Tuition and fees may adjust from time of printing.

We’re right in your neighborhood!

Location: 1920 Forest Hill-Irene • 754-

Fayette Academy 15090 Hwy 64, Somerville, 38068 • 465-3241 •

Bornblum Jewish Community School • Student body:

6641 Humphreys Blvd., 38120 • 747-2665

co-ed • Grades: PK3-12th • Tuition:

• • Student body: co-ed •

$6,350-$7,700 • Enrollment/student-

Give us a call to schedule a tour. 833-90-LEARN

Southaven KinderCare 4900 Getwell Road Southaven, MS 38672 Full and part-time care for ages 6 weeks to 12 years


• Grades: 6th-12th • Tuition: $6,000Vision Prep 360 Joubert, 38109 • 775-


EDUCATION GUIDE faculty ratio: 600; 15:1 • Religious affiliation:

Hutchison School 1740 Ridgeway, 38119 •

Macon Road Baptist School *11015

• Tuition: $5,086 -$6,992 • Enrollment/

nondenominational Christian • Before- and

761-2220 • • Student

Highway 64, Arlington, 38002 • 290-5555

student-faculty ratio: 265, 10:1 • Religious

after-school care: yes

body: female • Grades: Age 2-12th grade

• • Student body:

affiliation: nondenominational Christian •

• Tuition: $5,200-$22,292 • Enrollment/

co-ed • Grades: K3-12th • Tuition: $5,925-

Before- and after-school care: after only

First Assembly Christian School 8650

student-faculty ratio: 872; early childhood,

$7,750 • Enrollment/student-faculty

Walnut Grove, Cordova, 38018 • 458-

7:1; lower school, middle school, upper

ratio: 500 for all locations, 10:1 • Religious

Memphis Junior Academy 50 N.

5543 • • Student

school, 16:1 (2017-2018) • Religious

affiliation: Baptist • Before- and after-

Mendenhall, 38117 • 683-1061 •

body: co-ed • Grades: PK3-12th •Tuition:

affiliation: nondenominational Christian •

school care: yes *Additional Locations: 9182 • Student


Before- and after-school care: yes

Highway 64, Lakeland, 38002 • 937-0766

body: co-ed • Grades: PK-10th • Tuition:

• Grades: K3, K4, K5 • 3540 Tomlin Road,

$598-$816/month • Enrollment/student-

services additional fee) • Enrollment/ student-faculty ratio: 662; 10:1 • Religious

Immanuel Lutheran School 6319 Raleigh

Oakland, 38060 • 465-3329 • Grades:

faculty ratio: 63, 15:1 • Religious affiliation:

affiliation: interdenominational Christian •

LaGrange, 38134 • 388-0205 • ilsmemphis.

Grades: K3, K4, K5

Seventh-day Adventist • Before- and after-

Before- and after-school care: yes

org • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK3-

school care: yes

8th • Tuition: $6,970-$7,430 • Enrollment:

Margolin Hebrew Academy-Feinstone

Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School 246 S.

175 • Religious affiliation: Lutheran • Before-

Yeshiva of the South 390 S. White Station,

Memphis University School 6191 Park

Belvedere, 38104 • 278-0200 • gslschool.

and after-school care: check with school

38117 • 682-2400 • • Grades:

Ave., 38119 • 260-1300 • •

PK-12th/co-ed (PK3-8th), female (9th-12th),

Student body: male • Grades: 7th-12th •

2-8th • Tuition: $5,120-17,950 • Enrollment/

Lamplighter Montessori School 8563

male (9th-12th) • Tuition: $7,376-$19,553 •

Tuition: $21,590 • Enrollment/student-

student-faculty ratio: 515; 9:1 • Religious

Fay Rd., 38018 • 901-751-2000 •

Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 160; 4:1

faculty ratio: 650; 8:1 • Religious affiliation:

affiliation: Episcopal • Before- and after- • Student body:

• Religious affiliation: Jewish • Before- and

nondenominational • Before- and after-

school care: yes

co-ed • Grades: Age 18 mos.-8th • Tuition:

after-school care: after only

school care: after only

org • Student body: co-ed • Grades: Age

$6,900-$15,400 • Enrollment/studentHarding Academy 1100 Cherry Rd., 38117

faculty ratio: 115; 5:1/12:1 • Religious

Maria Montessori School 740 Harbor Bend,

New Hope Christian Academy 3000

• 767-4494 • • Student

affiliation: nonsectarian • Before- and after-

38103 • 527-3444 • mariamontessorischool.

University St., 38127 • 358-3183 •

body: co-ed • Grades: Sr. K-12th • Tuition:

school care: yes

org • Student body: co-ed • Grades: Age • Student body:

18 mos.-8th • Tuition: $8,000-$10,000 •

co-ed • Grades: Age 3 years-6th • Tuition:


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$10,995–$15,295 • Enrollment/student-


faculty ratio: 779; 9.5:1 • Religious affiliation:

Lausanne Collegiate School 1381 W. Massey,

Enrollment: 121 • Religious affiliation: none •

sliding scale based on income • Enrollment/

Christian • Before- and after-school care:

38120 • 474-1000 •

Before- and after-school care: no

student-faculty ratio: 426; 16:1 • Religious

yes • *Additional Locations: Little Harding,

• Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-12th

8350 Macon Rd., 38018 • 767-4494 •

• Tuition: $14,115-$22,470 (2018-2019) •

Marshall Academy 100 Academy Dr., Holly

Before- and after-school care: after only,

Grades: Age 18 mos.-Jr. K • Little Harding,

Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 860; 8:1 •

Springs, MS, 38635 • (662) 252-3449 •


1106 Colonial, 38117 • 767-2093 • Grades:

Religious affiliation: nonsectarian • Before- • Student body: co-

Age 18 mos.-Jr. K

and after-school care: yes

ed • Grades: K3-12th + Pre-school Daycare

affiliation: nondenominational Christian •

Northpoint Christian School 7400 Getwell

body: co-ed • Grades: K2-12th • Tuition:

$12,339-$12,922 • Enrollment/student-

St. Francis of Assisi PLUS Program 2100

Rd., Southaven, MS, 38672 • 662-349-3096

$5,327-$9,386 • Enrollment/student-

faculty ratio: 65; 7:1 • Religious affiliation:

Germantown Pkwy., Cordova, 38016 •

• • Student body: co-ed •

faculty ratio: 525; 18:1 • Religious affiliation:

nondenominational • Before- and after-

388-7321• • Designed to

Grades: PK3-12th • Tuition: $6,675-$9,925 •

nondenominational Christian • Before- and

school care: yes

help children in grades 2-8 with diagnosed

Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 960; 15:1 •

after-school care: yes

learning differences such as ADD, ADHD, Harwood Center *Business office: 711

dyslexia, Aspergers, and processing

Trinity Christian Academy 10 Windy City

Jefferson Ave., 38105 • 584-8281 •


Rd., Jackson, TN, 38305 • 731-668-8500 • Provides support

Presbyterian Day School 4025 Poplar, 38111

• • Student body: co-ed •

and education for young children with


• 842-4600 • • Student

Grades: Age 6 weeks-12th • Tuition: $5,725-

autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis’ education

body: male • Grades: Age 2 years-6th •

$9,995 • Enrollment/student-faculty ratio:

other developmental disabilities. Provides

department administers schools in the area

Tuition: $5,400-$20,490 • Enrollment/

650; 9:1 • Religious affiliation: Christian,

ABA Services ($50-$90/hour - offers

and has partnered with Compass Community

student-faculty ratio: 550; 9:1 • Religious

Interdenominational • Before- and after-

insurance). • Ages 18 mos.-6 years • Tuition:

Schools charter network to continue operation

affiliation: Presbyterian • Before- and after-

school care: yes (including holidays)

$380-$940/month • Student-faculty

of six former locations of the Jubilee Catholic

ratio: 1:3 (education department); 1:1 (ABA

Schools Network. More Catholic schools can

Religious affiliation: Christian • Before- and after-school care: yes

school care: yes University School of Jackson 232 McClellan

department) *Locations: 8500 Walnut

be found in the Private & Independent Schools

Rossville Christian Academy 280 High

Rd., Jackson, TN, 38305 • 731-664-0812

Grove, 38018 • 680 Hanley St., 38114 • 3796

section of this list. Contact individual schools

St., Rossville, 38066 • 853-0200 •

• • Student body: co-ed •

Frayser-Raleigh Rd., 38128

for tuition rates. • Student body: co-ed

Grades: Age 6 wks.-12th • Tuition: $4,180-

• Grades: K4-12th • Tuition: $4,700-$7,400

$11,140 • Enrollment/student-faculty

Madonna Learning Center 7007 Poplar,

Compass Community Schools 61 N McLean

• Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 275; 12:1

ratio: 1,030; 13:1 • Religious affiliation:

Germantown, 38138 • 752-5767 • madonna-

Blvd., 38104 • 618-7422 • compassmemphis.

• Religious affiliation: Interdenominational

nondenominational • Before- and after- • Individualized educational

org • Grades: K-12 • Six locations: Berclair

Christian • Before- and after-school care:

school care: after-school care and summer

services for special needs children and

(K-8) - 3880 Forrest Ave., 38122;



adults; all disabilities, including Down

Binghampton (K-8) - 2540 Hale Rd., 38112;

syndrome, developmental and learning

Frayser (K-8) - 3690 Thomas St., 38127;

St. Agnes Academy/St. Dominic School

Westminster Academy 2520 Ridgeway

disabilities, sensory processing disorders,

Hickory Hill (K-7) - 3572 Emerald St., 38115;

4830 Walnut Grove, 38117 • 767-1356

Rd., 38119 • 380-9192 •

and other learning challenges. Ages: 4-30 •

Midtown (7-12) - 61 N McLean, 38104;

• Student body: St. Agnes, female; St.

• Student body: co-ed • Grades: JK-12th

Grades: flexible levels, ungraded classrooms

Orange Mound (K-7) - 2718 Lamar Ave.,

Dominic, male • Grades: 2K-12th (girls),

• Tuition: $7,165-$13,505 • Enrollment/

• Tuition: $13,800, financial aid available •


2K-8th (boys) • Tuition: $4,510-$18,475

student-faculty ratio: 381; 5:1 • Religious

Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 74; 3:1

• Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 775

affiliation: Classical Christian • Before- and

• Religious affiliation: none • Before- and

Holy Rosary School 4841 Park Ave., 38117 •

(combined; 2018-2019); 10:1 • Religious

after-school care: yes

after-school care: yes

685-1231 • Grades: PK2-8th • Enrollment/

West Memphis Christian School *1600 N.

Memphis Oral School for the Deaf 7901

affiliation: Catholic • Before- and afterschool care: yes

student-faculty ratio: 450, 13:1 Missouri St., West Memphis, AR, 72301•

Poplar, Germantown, 38138 • 758-2228

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

St. Benedict at Auburndale High School

Elementary Campus • 870-735-0642 •

• • Small class sizes, daily

PK-12th; lower/middle school (PK-8th),

8250 Varnavas at Germantown Pkwy., Student body: co-ed • Grades:

speech therapy, and on-site cochlear

1669 Central, 38104 • 725-2710; upper

Cordova, 38016 • 260-2840 • Student

K-12 • Tuition: $5,600-$7,300 (2018-2019) •

implant mapping and therapy work toward

school (9th-12th), 1725 Central • 725-2705 •

body: co-ed • Grades: 9th-12th • Tuition:

Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 185, 9:1 •

this early intervention program’s goal

Student body: lower, co-ed; upper, female

$12,000-$12,600 • Enrollment/student-

Religious affiliation: Christian • Before- and

of mainstreaming children into regular

faculty ratio: 654; 16:1 • Religious affiliation:

after-school care: yes *Additional Location:

education programs. Through “Sound

Incarnation School 360 Bray Station Rd.,

Catholic • Before- and after-school care: no

Middle School and High School, 1101 N.

Beginnings,” parents with children under

Collierville, 38017 • 853-7804 • Grades:

Missouri Street • 870-400-4000 • Grades:

2 learn how to assist their child at home.

PK-8th • Enrollment/student-faculty ratio:


Ages: 6 weeks-6 years

130; 12:1

Collierville 38017 • 457-2000 •

Woodland Presbyterian School 5217 Park,

Phoenix School for Creative Learning

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School 8151

• Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-5th

38119 • 685-0976 • •

2404 Arthur Rd., Germantown, 38138

Poplar, Germantown, 38138 • 753-1181

Germantown & Memphis locations • Grades:

Student body: co-ed • Grades: Age 2 years-

• 757-4360 • •

• Grades: PK-8th • Enrollment/student-

6-12 at Collierville • Tuition: $9,305-$22,150

8th • Tuition: $3,680-$14,340 • Enrollment/

Individualized, arts-based learning and social

faculty ratio: 215, 1:11

• Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 1115

student-faculty ratio: 340; 7:1 • Religious

skills therapy for students with average or

(all locations); 9:1 • Religious affiliation:

affiliation: Presbyterian • Before- and after-

above-average I.Q. who have ADD/ADHD,

St. Ann School 6529 Stage Road, Bartlett,

Episcopal • Before- and after-school

school care: yes

high-functioning autism, or other learning

38134 • 386-3328 • Grades: PK-8th •

disabilities. • Grades: 1st-12th • Tuition:

Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 200+, 18:1

St. George’s Independent School Collierville Campus, 1880 Wolf River Blvd.,

• 261-2300 • Grades: PK-5th; Memphis


Campus, 3749 Kimball Ave., 38111 • 261-

Bodine School 2432 Yester Oaks Dr.,

3920 • Grades: PK-5th

Germantown, 38139 • 754-1800 •

Germantown Campus, 8250 Poplar, 38138

$10,900 • Financial aid: limited • Enrollment: 28 • Religious affiliation: none • Before- and

St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School

after-school care: check with school

2100 Germantown Pkwy., Cordova, 38016 • 388-7321 • Grades: Age 2-8th • Enrollment/ • Serves students with

Shady Oaks School 2000 N. Germantown

St. Mary’s Episcopal School 60 Perkins

dyslexia and dyslexia-related reading

Pkwy., Cordova, 38016 • 737-3355 •

Ext., 38117 • 537-1405 • stmarysschool.

differences. • Grades: 1st-6th • Tuition: • Individualized

St. Louis School 5192 Shady Grove Rd.,

org • Student body: female • Grades: Age

check with office; financial aid available •

instruction for students with ADD/ADHD,

38117 • 255-1900 • Grades: PK3-8th •

2 yrs.-12th • Tuition: $3,370-$22,600 •

Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 91; 10:1

dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.

Enrollment: 540

Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 822; 8:1 •

• Religious affiliation: none • Before- and

Classes designed to build self-confidence

Religious affiliation: Episcopal • Before- and

after-school care: yes

and prepare students for traditional

St. Paul School 1425 E. Shelby Dr., 38116 •

classroom learning. Well-rounded curriculum

346-0862 • Grades: PK3-8th • Enrollment:

Concord Academy 4942 Walnut Grove,

includes Spanish and music • Grades: ages


Tipton-Rosemark Academy 8696

38117 • 682-3115 •

7-14 (ungraded classrooms) • Tuition: $9,500

Rosemark, Millington, 38053 • 829-6536

• Serves students with learning and social

• Financial aid: limited • Religious affiliation:

• • Student

disabilities • Grades: 6th-12th • Tuition:

nondenominational Christian

after-school care: after only

student-faculty ratio: 525; 14:1


care: yes (PK-8th) *Additional Locations:


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A comprehensive Summer Fun- Learning Adventure for children & youth that will encourage them to pursue their DESTINY!


Race starts at 7 p.m. This family-friendly race includes a parent/child competition category. This year’s winners in both the male and female divisions of all three youth age categories (9 and under, 10-14, 15-19) win $500 in prize money donated to a charity of their choice. Post-race party includes a Kid Zone, live music, food, and drinks. Parent/child team: $70. Age group: $35. Spirit runner: $15. Early discounts available until June 7. Benefits St. Patrick Community Outreach. Go to to register. 

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Memphis Farmers Market (MFM) 2019 Season. MFM @ Central Train Station Pavilion. Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Shop for fresh produce, take part in a children’s activity, listen to live music, and more. Free. Go to memphisfarmersmarket. org for details.


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Chucalissa Family Day. C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Family programs and craft activities change weekly. June 1 – Sports & Hunting/Pottery. June 8 – Stone Tools/Talking Sticks. June 15 – Trash Talks/Snake Painting. June 22 – Music/Coloring Book. June 29 – Mystery Box/Beading. Activities include museum tour, throwing darts with an atlatl, scavenger hunt, the hands-on-lab tour, an educational program, and creating a keepsake craft to take home. $6/adult. $4/child (ages 4-11). Free for children 3 and under. 785-3160. Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m. until noon. Drop in at the Dixon to create works of art, open-studio style. Free. 761-5250.


Social Sundays: Flag Crafting and Painting. Mud Island River Park. 2-4 p.m. Drop in on your afternoon walk in the park to enjoy free kid-friendly activities in the River Garden pavilion on the first Sunday of the month. Free. Visit the Social Sunday event on Facebook for details. 


Mudpie Mondays. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Mondays from 10 a.m. until noon. Join on the Little Garden Patio and use dishes, spoons, and nature’s decorations to “bake” your 40

own pie creations. Drop-in activity, free with admission. 636-4100. Tea & Toddlers. Universal Parenting Place (UPP) @ Christ Community Health Services. Mondays from noon until 2:45 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany. or call 701-2871 for details.


Malco Kids Summer Film Fest. Malco Theatres. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Catch your favorite familyfriendly films at Malco Kids Summer Film Fest. $2. Go to for the film schedule. S.T.A.X.: See. Touch. Ask. eXplore. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. Join for the summer music series and See, Touch, Ask, and eXplore the history of Stax Records with hands-on activities and objects from the archive on display. Free. Visit for details.  Anastasia. The Orpheum. Through June 9. Thursday through Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 & 6:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Inspired by the beloved film, this romantic new musical features a score by Stephen Flaherty. $25-$125. Call 525-3000 for tickets.


Wacky Wednesday. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon. Families will enjoy art-making in the drop-in studio and watch independent children’s short films in the auditorium. Also stop by Inside Art, Tennessee’s only interactive family gallery dedicated to visual literacy. Free. 544-6200.



Whet Thursday: Pop-Up Artist Market. Metal Museum. 5-8 p.m. Mingle with local artists and creatives from The Artist Commons and enjoy music, metalworking, and blacksmithing demos by visiting artist Anton Yakushev. Also includes a popup show and art sale. Free. 774-6380. 2019 Summer Concert Series. Historic Town Square. Thursdays at 7 p.m. June 6: Blind Mississippi Morris. June 13: Under the Radar. June 20: Jamie Baker and The VIPs. June 27: The Mighty Electric St. Jude Band. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic, and enjoy the concerts on the Square. Free. Go to for details.


Funky Fridays at the Stax Museum. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebrate Memphis’ “BiSOULtennial” year at the Stax with interactive activities and workshops. Free with admission. Visit for details.  Soulin on the River. Mud Island River Park. Also on June 21, 6-8 p.m. With the Mighty Mississippi as the backdrop, Soulin’ on the River is a bi-weekly sample of the new sounds of Memphis soul featuring bands in the Grove. Visit memriverparks for details. 


Ballet on Wheels Dance School & Company presents The Wiz. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. 7 p.m. Also on Sunday, June 9, at 2:30 p.m. Ballet on Wheels Dance School & Company brings this 1970s urban musical to life through a modern day dance production. $24-$30. Call 525-3000 for tickets.


Food Truck Garden Party - Circus Night. MBG. 5-8 p.m. Features live music by Movie Night, a Play Zone, and food from the Memphis Food Truckers Alliance, in addition to performances by fire dancers and hula hoopers. $10/adult. $5/child. 636-4100.


Germantown Farmers Market. C.O. Franklin Park. Thursdays, 4-7:30 p.m. This weekly farmers market features

area produce vendors, chef cooking demos, and food trucks. Call 4830505 for details.


Music by the Lake: R & B – Nick Black. Appling Lake. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, pack a picnic or buy from food trucks, and enjoy live music. Free. 385-6440.


Father’s Day Out Picnic & 5K Run. Overton Park. 11 a.m. Join for a picnic, family activities, and a 5K run honoring dads. Picnic is free. Email salutetofatherhood@gmail. com for registration details. A Vibe on the Island. Mud Island River Park. 6-8 p.m. A monthly series dedicated to original music makers in Memphis. Bring a blanket or pack a lawn chair to enjoy summer tunes by the river. Find more details on the Facebook event page. History Around Memphis Poetry Slam. The Orpheum. 6 p.m. Celebrate the city’s bicentennial with this oneof-a-kind community engagement. The event utilizes the artistic medium central to Hamilton, and futurethinking poets will explore the legacy theme of the show through the lens of history around Memphis. Free. 525-3000.


Special programs for young people every Tuesday and Friday in June and July! Visit for details. 926 E. McLemore Ave, 38106 • 901-261-6338


Movies at the Orpheum: The Fugitive (PG-13). The Orpheum. 7 p.m. A new year-round series, Movies at the Orpheum, begins this year. $8/adult. $6/child ages 12 and under. Group discounts available 525-3000. The Pleasantly Petrified Pirates of Paxton. The Clark Opera Memphis Center. 7-8 p.m. Opera Memphis Summer Conservatory: Session I students present this operetta with music and lyrics by Arthur Sullivan and W.S.Gilbert and book by Sarah Squire. $5/person. 257-3100. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. Playhouse on the Square. Through July 14. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Families will enjoy this musical based on Roald Dahl’s book. $25 for opening weekend. $45/adult. $15/child. 726-4656.


Community Day. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. 10 a.m.1 p.m. Celebrate the summer exhibit, Bouguereau & America, with music, art making, gallery activities, and food trucks. Free. 544-6200.

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Toddler Time. UPP @ Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Meets Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Parent/toddler play group. Free. 227-9558.



Mudpie Mondays. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Mondays from 10 a.m. until noon. Join on the Little Garden Patio and use dishes, spoons, and nature’s decorations to “bake” your own pie creations. Drop-in activity, free with admission. 636-4100.

Tea & Toddlers. Universal Parenting Place (UPP) @ Christ Community Health Services. Mondays from noon until 2:45 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@ or call 701-2871 for details.


Museum of American Soul Music. Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebrate Memphis’ “BiSOULtennial” year at the Stax with interactive activities and workshops. Free with admission. Visit for details. 


Memphis Farmers Market (MFM) 2019 Season. MFM @ Central Train Station Pavilion. Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Shop for fresh produce, take part in a children’s activity, listen to live music, and more. Free. Go to for details.


Garden pavilion on the first Sunday of the month. Activity TBA. Free. Find Social Sundays on Facebook for details. 


Memphis Flyer Burger Week. Through July 16. Join for the fourth annual Memphis Flyer Burger Week and enjoy the best burgers Memphis has to offer at a special $5.99 Burger Week price! #FlyerBurgerWeek takes place July 10-16 during lunch and dinner hours. Visit for details.

Malcos Kids Summer Film Fest. Malco Theatres. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Catch your favorite family-friendly films at Malco Kids Summer Film Fest. $2. Go to for the film schedule.

Germantown Farmers Market. C.O. Franklin Park. Thursdays, 4-7:30 p.m. This weekly farmers market features area produce vendors, chef cooking demos, and food trucks. Call 483-0505 for details. 2019 Summer Concert Series. Historic Town Square. Thursdays at 7 p.m. July 11: Bluff City Bandits. July 18: Seeing Red. July 25: Wolf River Rednecks. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic, and enjoy the concerts on the Square. Free. Go to for details.

S.T.A.X.: See. Touch. Ask. eXplore. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. Join for summer music series and See, Touch, Ask, and eXplore the history of Stax Records with hands-on activities and objects from the archive on display. Free. Visit for details. 




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Wacky Wednesday. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon. Families will enjoy art-making in the drop-in studio and watch independent children’s short films in the auditorium. Also stop by Inside Art, Tennessee’s only interactive family gallery dedicated to visual literacy. Free. 544-6200.




Soulin on the River. Mud Island River Park. Also on July 26, 6-8 p.m. With the Mighty Mississippi as the backdrop, Soulin’ on the River is a bi-weekly sample of the new sound of Memphis soul featuring bands in the Grove. Visit memriverparks for details.


Christmas in July. Depot Visitors Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Santa makes SATURDAY, JULY 6. 10 A.M. UNTIL NOON. appearances at Morton Museum (10Toddler Time. UPP @ Baptist Drop in at the Dixon to create works of art, open-studio style. 11:30 a.m.), Burch Library (1:15-2:30 Memorial Hospital for Women. Free. 761-5250. p.m.), and the Depot Visitors Center Meets Wednesdays from 10:30 (3-4 p.m.) Stop by these venues to a.m. until noon. Parent/toddler play take pictures with Santa and enjoy group. Free. 227-9558. treats. Free. 457-2776. Chucalissa Family Day. C.H. Nash Museum at Music for Aardvarks. UPP @ Christ Community #MakeAScene. The Clark Opera Memphis Center. Chucalissa. Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Family Health Services. On select Wednesdays (July 7-8 p.m. Opera Memphis Summer Conservatory programs and craft activities change weekly. July 3 & 17), from noon until 1 p.m. Early childhood students present an evening of scenes from opera, 6 – Sports & Hunting/Pottery. July 13 – Stone music class for children ages 6 months to 6 years. operetta, and musical theatre. Enjoy scenes from Tools/Talking Sticks. July 20 – Trash Talks/Snake Free. RSVP to or call The Magic Flute, The Pirates of Penzance, Into the Painting. July 27 – Music/Coloring Book. Activities 701-2871 for details. Woods, and more. $5/person. 257-3100. include museum tour, throwing darts with an atlatl, scavenger hunt, the hands-on-lab tour, an 4 ∙ THURSDAY educational program, and creating a keepsake craft 27 ∙ SATURDAY A Vibe on the Island. Mud Island River Park. 6-8 Metal is Magic: The Fantastical Festival. Metal to take home. $6/adult. $4/child (ages 4-11). Free p.m. A monthly series dedicated to original music Museum. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring your Harry Potter for children 3 and under. 785-3160. makers in Memphis. Bring a blanket or pack a lawn fans to this festival that looks at the magic of metal chair to enjoy summer tunes by the river. Find the 7 ∙ SUNDAY in the wizarding world.  Festivities include makeevent on Facebook for more info. Social Sundays. Mud Island River Park. 2-4 p.m. your-own workshops, create & take activities, and Drop in on your afternoon walk in the park to more. Free with admission. Fees for some activities. 5 ∙ FRIDAY enjoy free kid-friendly activities in the River Pre-registration required for classes. 774-6380. Funky Fridays at the Stax Museum. The Stax

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Museums and Exhibits

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Bouguereau & America. June 22 through September 22. This exhibition of around 40 works by the French academic painter William-Adolphé Bouguereau focuses on his U.S. collections and how they reflect the tastes, beliefs, and ambitions of America’s elite. 544-6200. The Pink Palace Museum. Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community. Through October 20. The bicentennial exhibit interprets events of the past 200 years that have shaped Memphis’ past and present, and form the basis for our future. 636-2362. CTI 3D Giant Theater. Apollo 11: First Steps Edition. Showing throughout summer. Film celebrates the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission and showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon. 636-2362. AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. Legends of the Night Sky: Orion. Now showing. The show brings the mythological Orion to life in an animated adventure narrated by Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse. Back to the Moon: For Good. Now showing. Show opens with the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Also shares the story of Google X-Prize and its goal to inspire young engineers to send a robotic mission to the moon. Seasonal Stargazing. Now showing. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Until further notice. 636-2362.

Other Programs

Bicentennial History Hikes. Lichterman Nature Center. Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Meet at guest services desk in visitor center for this weekly hike at Lichterman. Free. 636-2211.

Turner, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Now Registering for Summer Classes Church•senior is the Straightpastor, from New Yorkkeynote City • Great music speaker. Email salutetofatherhood@ • Live guitar storytelling, singing and dancing to learnand more. 



• Fun for parents too!

welcome to drop in for one FREE class Lest WeNewcomers Forget Commemoration. Hattiloo Theatre. On select Mondays (June 24 & July 29), 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 24 - Our Faith, Our Story (Pastor J. Lawrence Turner, Minister Anthony Mohammed, and Sadio). Classes now in Midtown, East Memphis, Collierville, and Cordova July 29 - Screen the lmonSankofa. Visitfius the web at or contact us at 871-0227 or Hattiloo curates an eight-month commemoration remembering the African-American community’s achievements, rejoicings, and struggles. The series uses theatre, film, scholarship, and music to share the 400-year history (1619-2019). Free. Reservations recommended. Email Elizabeth Baines at events@ to make your reservations.

Community Health Fair. Methodist University Hospital Wilson Hall Gym. Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Methodist Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center hosts this fair featuring tips for living your best life plus free health screenings for sickle cell trait testing, dental and eye exams, and more. Email or call 516-8137 for details.

Classes & Workshops

Saturday Childbirth Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. On select Saturdays (June 1 & 15, and July 20), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $75. Call 226-5764 to register. Saturday Morning Unwind Sessions. Church Health Meditation Chapel. Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Unwind and refocus with instructors Greg Graber and Rob Dove. Free. Go to for details.

Family Metalsmithing. Metal Museum. June 2 – Copper Flower Centerpiece. July 7 – Copper Star Centerpieces. 2-4 p.m. Families create a centerpiece for the dinner table. $30/family. Reservations required. 774-6380.

Throwback Summer Workshops. Morton Museum. June 5 & July 3 – TieDyeing, Naturally. June 12 & July 10 – Twilight Thursdays. MBG. Thursdays, Sewing through History. June 19 & July May through September. Enjoy 17 – Buzzing Bees. June 26 & July 24 extended hours at the garden learning – My Minifig Habitat. Sessions offered about everything from plants to from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Children pets. Free with admission. Visit ages 6-12 learn about summertime for details. activities at each workshop. Free. Reservations required. 457-2650. Father’s Day Awards Dinner. Holiday Inn Memphis - University of Memphis. Breastfeeding Class. Baptist Women’s Sunday, June 16, at 2:30 p.m. Salute Hospital. Thursday, June 6 & July 11, to Fatherhood recognizes and 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30. Call 226-5764 rewards fathers in 11 categories at to register. this awards ceremony. Dr. Lawrence

A Kid’s Music Class that Really Rocks Come Jam with Music for Aardvarks, Memphis! An interactive music program for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents/caregivers

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An interactive music program for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents/caregivers


Junior Artisans. Metal Museum. June 8 – Cast Lego Belt Buckles. July 13 – Twisted Wire Bugs. Sessions offered from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Children ages 7-10 learn metalworking techniques. $15. Drop-in activity. 774-6380. Kids in the Garden. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. June 8 & July 13, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Children ages 7-10 will learn basics about horticulture and the flora around them. Free. Reservations required. 761-5250. Young Coppersmiths. Metal Museum. June 8 – Textured Copper Belt Buckles. July 13 – Riveted Layered Jewelry. 2:30-4 p.m. Children ages 11-13 create belt buckles and pendants/bracelets in these workshops. $15. Drop-in activity. 774-6380. Mini Metalsmiths. Metal Museum. June 12 – Chased and Repoussé Tiles. July 10 – Forged Clay Critters. 3:45-4:45 p.m. Children ages 3-6 engage in metalworking workshop. $10. Reservations required. 774-6380. Family Snack Attack: Greek Gyros. Church Health Nutrition Hub. Monday, June 17, at 5:30 p.m. You and your children are invited for this hands-on cooking class at Church Health. $3/person. At least one parent or guardian must accompany children. Space limited and pre-registration required. Go to for details. Babysitting Class. Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital. June 20 & 24 and July 9 & 18, from 8 a.m. until 3

p.m. This seven-hour class geared for boys and girls ages 11-15 covers babysitting fundamentals, basic first aid & CPR, and how to develop a babysitting resume. $70/session. Go to for registration details. Make Your Own: Resin Casting. Metal Museum. Saturday, June 29. Two sessions offered from 10 until noon and 2:304:30 p.m. Ages 7 and up. Families learn how to cast dried plants, bugs, and other small objects in resin to create a custom magnet, pendant, or keepsake. $10. Reservations required. 774-6380.


The Orpheum. July 9-28. Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 & 6:30 p.m. The smash hit Broadway musical comes to the Orpheum. $69-$349. Reservations. 525-3000.

African Family Drum Circle. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Tuesdays (July 9 & 23), 1:30-2:30 p.m. Offers children the tools for developing lifelong safety, health, and learning habits. Free. RSVP to or call 701-2871 for details. Sibling Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday,

July 13, from 10 a.m. until noon. This interactive class intended for children ages 3-10 prepares big brothers and sisters for the arrival of their new sibling. $20/ child. Call 226-5764 to register. Dynamic Dads. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, July 13, 12:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Community-based boot camp facilitated by a coach trains rookie fathers and fathers-to-be on how to be responsible and involved

FALL AUDITIONS: July 30, August 1, 3, 5


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The Art of Dinner: Sicilian Summer. Church Health Nutrition Hub. Friday, June 5, at 6 p.m. In this interactive cooking class, Chef Joshua House guides through a three-course menu. $65. Benefits the nutrition programming at the Church Health Nutrition Hub. Go to for tickets.

Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Saturday, June 8, 7 p.m. Also on Sunday, June 9, at 2:30 p.m. Ballet on Wheels Dance School & Company brings this 1970s urban musical to life through a modern day dance production. $24-$30. Call 525-3000 for tickets.

in the lives of their newborn. Free. Call 227-9873 to register. Collage-ology. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. July 13, 20 & 27, from 1:30 until 4 p.m. Children ages 10-13 develop an understanding of visual language through projects inspired by collage masters across the ages. Dress for a mess and be prepared for an adventure outdoors. $45. Supplies and snack included. Must be

The Orpheum Gala, A Revolutionary Event starring Leslie Odom Jr. The Orpheum. Friday, June 28, 7:30 p.m. Celebrate Hamilton with Leslie Odom Jr. in concert with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Join the after-party featuring live music, food, and fun. $300. Visit or call 529-4230 for details. 

Theatre Performances

Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series. MBG. June 7 – Kansas. July 13 – The Doobie Brothers. Doors

open at 6 p.m. The summer concert series kicks off with classic rock band Kansas, followed by The Doobie Brothers. Visit  for details. The Legend of Georgia McBride. The Circuit Playhouse. June 7-30. Thursday through Saturday, at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. The Circuit Playhouse presents the regional premiere of The Legend of Georgia McBride written by playwright Matthew Lopez. $25 for opening weekend. June 13 is pay-what-you-can performance. Call 726-4656 for tickets. Weird Al Yankovic. The Orpheum. Thursday, June 20, 8 p.m. Weird Al is back with his Strings Attached tour, a high-energy rock and comedy production featuring his original band, costumes, props, a video wall, and for the first time, background singers and a full symphony orchestra. $39.50-$125. Call 525-3000 for tickets. RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles. The Orpheum. Tuesday, June 25, 7:30 p.m. Experience the world’s most iconic band and celebrate the best of Abbey Road with RAIN. $30-$70. Group discounts available. 525-3000. Leslie Odom Jr. with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. The Orpheum. Friday, June 28,b7:30 p.m. Leslie Odom Jr., best known for his breakout role as Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical Hamilton, joins the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for this performance at the Orpheum. $32.50-$65. Call 525-3000 for tickets.


able to attend all three sessions. Call 761-5250 to register.


Hamilton. The Orpheum. July 9-28. Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 & 6:30 p.m. The smash hit Broadway musical comes to the Orpheum. $69-$349. Reservations. 525-3000.

Story Time at Area Bookstores and Museums

Barnes & Noble Booksellers The Avenue Carriage Crossing Mall, 853-3264 Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages 1-6. Barnes & Noble Booksellers  2774 N. Germantown Pkwy., 386-2468  Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages 2-8. June 1 & 4: Lambslide. June 8 & 11: Moon’s First Friends. June 15 & 18: Father’s Day story time featuring Hop on Pop. June 22 & 25: Toy Story 4 titles. June 29 & July 2: Prince and Knight, Malden & Princess, and Red: A Crayon’s Story. Baby & Me Story Time. Sundays, 11-11:30 a.m. June 2: Alphaprints: Colors. June 9: Alphaprints: Sea Life. June 16: Alphaprints: Animal Opposites. June 23: Hello World! Dinosaurs. June 30: Hello World! Solar System. Free. Character Story Time: Activities with Llama Llama. Sunday, June 16, 3-4 p.m. Join for a special story time, face painting, fun activities, and photo op with Llama Llama. Free.


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Character Story Time: Activities with Curious George. Sunday, July 21, 3-4 p.m. Join for a special story time, face painting, fun activities, and photo op with Curious George. Free.



Dixon Gallery and Gardens. June 8 & July 13, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Children ages 7-10 will learn basics about horticulture and the flora around them. Free. Reservations required. 761-5250.

Novel. 387 Perkins Ext., 922-5526 Story Time with Marjorie Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Ages 3 and under.

Story Time at Morton Museum of Collierville History 196 N. Main St., 457-2650. Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m. Ages 5 and under. Enjoy a new story theme each week with songs, related craft, and snack. Free.


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Memphis Parent June/July 2019  

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