Academic Student Leaders in Indianola

They each hold grade point averages above 4.0.  They each graduated from high school this spring in the top 10 of their class.  They each aced the ACT college entrance exam.  They each are headed to college on academic scholarships. And one more thing: They each credit the Indianola Promise Community (IPC) with helping them [...]

Neighborhood Football Camp in Indianola

Indianola’s newest neighborhood association is already making a difference in the lives of its youngest residents. “Every summer, there are a lot of kids on the playground, playing football with no guidance,” said Marilyn James, president of the Indianola Roosevelt Neighborhood Association.  “They have a passion for the game and we saw an opportunity.” With [...]

Organizing Neighborhoods in Indianola

The Facebook page features a photo of 16 smiling children holding Easter eggs beside a community garden. In the corner of the page is a saying: “Work for a cause, not applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” The page is the [...]

Financial Literacy

Building wealth without a plan is tantamount to erecting a house with no foundation. And in Indianola — where nearly a third of residents never even use a bank — wealth is often scant, and learning to be financially literate is crucial. “One thing I did immediately was pull my credit scores and look at [...]

Indianola Parent of the Year

At 28 years old, Shequite Johnson has been a parent for just a handful of years — certainly not long enough to know everything about parenting. “No one knows it all,” she said. “It’s a learning process, and you never stop learning how to be a good mom. And I know there’s no label for [...]

Indianola Survey Results

Each day, surveys are conducted on most every conceivable subject, from current fashion to the latest political campaign. They are posted on social media, sent by email, taken over the telephone and, sometimes, done door to door. The results can be valuable or worthless, depending on the way they’re used and the commitment of those [...]

Mentoring Students in Indianola

Christine Perryman and her husband of 43 years, Elgie, sat together at a table in an empty elementary school classroom constructing a paper banner for an upcoming one-year anniversary celebration. Despite the unusual setting, the retired couple did not seem out of place. “So, will you be a mentor to one of these children?” Christine [...]

Books for Libraries

As librarian at Carver Elementary School in Indianola, Kathleen Chambers understands that literature can be the gateway to the world. But in a region where resources are slim and new funding from the state is almost non existent, she also knows that funding for new books is often just a wish. “Other than book fairs, [...]

Spring Fling, Indianola Style

Jasmine Reed didn’t know where she’d be during spring break from school if it had not been for the Indianola Promise Community. “I’d be sleeping, eating, playing on the iPod and even bothering my mother,” said the 15-year-old Indianola 10th grader. Instead, Jasmine and about 50 other Indianola students were busy attending IPC’s “Spring Fling,” [...]

“Teen Talk” in Indianola

Ten-year-olds sat with seniors. Seventh graders rubbed minds with 18-year-olds bound for college. Elementary students put pencil to paper with their peers from high school. Together, they brainstormed ways to accomplish one goal: improve their futures and the futures of those who follow them. “I feel like it’s a start toward making a real difference,” [...]

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