DHA Blogs

A New Reading Program in Indianola

Carol Jackson wants her students to see behind, around and through the words they read. She wants them to dissect those words, study them and piece them back together in different ways that tell new stories. “Anyone can learn to read, but everyone needs to be able to understand and make decisions based on what […]

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Survey Reveals What Indianola is Thinking

As an organization dedicated to improving opportunity for all people who make Indianola their home, the Indianola Promise Community (IPC) is only as successful as the people who know about us and participate in our programs. So when a recent survey showed that a vast majority of Indianola residents had heard of IPC, we were […]

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Improving Indianola Education with LINKS

The Indianola Promise Community just added eight new links to a chain that’s connecting children and their parents to programs for success. “We’re called LINKS because we Link Individuals, Neighborhoods and Kids to Services,” said LINKS member Shanekia Pembleton. “We try to ensure that each child is linked to the best programs for them, individually, […]

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Girl Power in Indianola

In her third year as school nurse at Indianola’s Carver Elementary School, Kakawonda Hibbler   began to see changes occurring among female students that are prompting a conversation some might find uncomfortable. “I noticed that these little girls were starting their menstrual cycles earlier and earlier, and they didn’t know what to do or how to […]

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Learning about Personal Finances

The line between “wants” and “needs” can often become blurred and lead to financial headaches for cost-conscious families. Wendy Willis is one of more than 150 Indianola residents who now sees clearer when it comes to money, thanks to the Indianola Promise Community. “That’s what IPC does. They help you and show you the ropes […]

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Arts Showcase in Indianola

The story of a plastic drink bottle can be one of renewal. Once full, its contents are enjoyed and the bottle is discarded as trash in a stream, floating toward an inelegant ending. Its perilous journey, however, concludes instead at a recycling facility where it’s given new life as material for a ladies purse. That […]

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LINKS

The Indianola Promise Community just added eight new links to a chain that’s connecting children and their parents to programs for success. “We’re called LINKS because we Link Individuals, Neighborhoods and Kids to Services,” said LINKS member Shanekia Pembleton. “We try to ensure that each child is linked to the best programs for them, individually, […]

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2014-15 Indianola Youth Council

2014-15 Indianola Youth Council

Motivation. Devotion. Reward. Those are the words that Fredrick Gooden finds most important in his vocabulary. And as the new president of the Indianola Youth Council, he is using them often these days. “One of my jobs as president is to get everyone more motivated and devoted to their tasks,” said Fredrick, a 16-year-old junior […]

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Training Day for Parents in Indianola

When it comes to parents’ involvement in their children’s early education, Karen Blumenberg likes to say that “it’s more than just cookies.” “What I mean by that is, if you have a child in daycare, you have to really be part of that. This is the foundation for everything that follows,” said Blumenberg. “It’s more […]

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Movie Night in Indianola

Where to take your family or your date on a Friday night is probably not at the top of America’s problems, unless you live in a small town in rural Mississippi. Used to be, movies provided an important thread in the social fabric of a community; a place where people gathered to remove themselves from […]

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