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  • Let's make sure our geography is right

    Reader's Digest recently interviewed President Obama and Governor Romney and one of the questions was —What is your favorite word?  Governor Romney replied, "Indomitable."  President Obama responded, "Grace."  No matter what your decision about this election, I thought it was an example of geography.  One man wants the job and has worked for years to acquire it.  Another man, our President, knows both the limits of the job and the personal weight of the responsibility. Responses of geography.     The other day, I came in from lunch with Board member Stephen Susano, and the parking lot was full of ...
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  • THRIVE Youth Black History Month Showcase

    THRIVE, the Youth Development Program at the Martha O'Bryan Center, held a special talent showcase for the community in the Hope Building gym on Monday, Feb. 21. More than 250 people attended the presentation, which celebrated Black History Month.
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  • "Yes We Can … Yes We Will"

    You are invited to a special event. Youth participating in the Martha O'Bryan Center's Thrive academic enrichment program have been working hard on a special performance showcase for Black History Month.    The free performance, called "Yes We Can … Yes We Will" will feature singing, poetry and African drum/dance.    The showcase will last from 6-7 p.m. Monday, February 21. Light refreshments will be served.    It would be wonderful to see community support and recognition for our youth. Please contact us if you plan to attend. We'd love to see you.        On a foundation of ...
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  • Introducing East End Preparatory School

    Meet the leadership team  East End Preparatory School, a new public charter school in East Nashville, opens in August for 88 kindergarten students in four classrooms. East End Prep, which is sponsored by the Martha O'Bryan Center, will add a grade each year until it is a K- 5 school. School Leader Jim Leckrone and Academic Dean Julia Halberstam explain the reasons behind the Martha O'Bryan Center's charter school. They also discuss what will make East End Prep stand out from other schools and describe what the school community will look like. For more information, visit
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  • A trip to the Top Floor @ Stratford

    Former Governor Phil Bredesen visited Stratford High School today and his trip included a stop at the Top Floor, the Martha O'Bryan Center's out-of-school time site at Stratford.  Bredesen was at Stratford as a camera team and CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien toured a science classroom for a story about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.  The Top Floor opened in November to provide academic enrichment opportunities for students in one of Metro's lower-performing schools. Through partnerships with Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Oasis Center, students can come to the Top Floor for tutoring, drop-in homework help, ACT prep, college application and financial aid assistance and other post-high school transition services.  ...
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  • Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor shares music with MOBC youth

    Ketch Secor, a member of the American roots music band Old Crow Medicine Show, brought his passion for music and teaching to youth in the THRIVE youth development program Monday at the Martha O'Bryan Center.  Secor, fresh from a four-date tour through three states, brought fiddles, a banjo, a box of harmonicas and a Jew's harp to show the students. Secor taught them about the history and importance of the instruments in American culture. He also demonstrated how to play the instruments, which led to a hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time.  Secor is an East Nashvillian who learned about the ...
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  • Going hungry: An examination of Nashville's food deserts

    Journalist Charles Maldonado explores Nashville's food deserts, including lower East Nashville around Cayce Place. Among those he interviewed was Miriam Leibowitz, the program coordinator at Re/Storing Nashville, the food desert awareness and reduction campaign of Community Food Advocates, a 1-year-old nonprofit working to improve the quality and sustainability of Nashville’s food system. "This was certainly not a new idea. There have been campaigns to bring and retain supermarkets into Nashville’s food desert neighborhoods for 30 years, since urban renewal came in and grocery stores left North Nashville and East Nashville and Edgehill,” she says. “So we have been working with ...
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  • A few perspectives on education in Tennessee

    Education is one of our pillars of service at the Martha O'Bryan Center. The Tennessean commented on results of Tennessee's 2010 standardized tests, which were released on Friday. The results are considered the public schools "report card," and the Tennessean congratulated the state for its success. At the same time, it  added: "The race to educational attainment is really just beginning, and it’s important that educators, elected officials, parents and students take this report card as a call to keep moving forward." In addition to its own editorial, the Tennessean offered perspectives from Karl Dean, Metro Nashville and Davidson County's ...
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  • Sandra Preston looks ahead to life after the GED

    Sandra Preston lost her job because she didn't have a high school diploma. She explored getting her GED through the Martha O'Bryan Center and took the practice test – and found that she was ready to take the actual GED test. Now she's enrolling in college and dreams of starting her own business. Along the way, she has been guided by Judy Rye, Adult Education teacher, and Kelli Davis, a Martha O'Bryan Center transition coach who helps people make the leap into college or the workforce.  ...
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