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Extra Credit: Mom Congress

By Kym Clark - bio | email

Earlier in April, Parenting Magazine held its second annual "Mom Congress" at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. , after selecting 51 women from across the nation as delegates of each state.

Memphis transplant Mandy Grisham was chosen to represent the great state of Tennessee for what she calls a "Neighborhood School Renaissance" at Peabody Elementary School in the heart of Midtown's Cooper-Young neighborhood.

Long story short: When Grisham and her family moved into the neighborhood 5 years ago, nearly all the children who attended the nearby public school were African American, while almost all the children who actually lived in the neighborhood were white.

Grisham wanted to know why and in the process says she became an "evangelist" for Peabody Elementary School.

Grisham hopes Peabody Elementary and Cooper-Young can be a model for our city of what a true community school looks like. And adds that she's excited to meet the next generation of Memphis leaders who come out of our schools.

As for the issue of Memphis and Shelby County Schools merging: Grisham would love to see a unified school district and has faith and hope that our current leaders will, eventually, do what's right for all of the children.

Now, she shares what she learned at Mom Congress and her hopes and dreams for our children's education in her own words.

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