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Clarksville Youth Graduate from LEAP Etiquette Course

 

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – Youth enrolled in the LEAP Leadership and Life Skills Program had an opportunity to participate in a 10 week etiquette course by Lori Austin at the Leap Plaza. Participants learned valuable lessons in professional attitudes, handshakes, posture, hygiene, dressing for success, proper communication, manners, and habits.

Through the interactive lessons that engaged participants, several students reported an increase in self-esteem. “I feel better prepared to speak with adults and confident that I would be able to do well on an interview.” Commented Jalen Jackson

Youth Graduate from LEAP Etiquette Course

Youth Graduate from LEAP Etiquette Course

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Clarksville’s LEAP to hold $1,000 Scholarship Essay Contest for Seniors

 

scholarshipClarksville, TN – The LEAP Organization is proud to announce its 4th annual  7 Points Quest Scholarship Essay contest for high school seniors designed to encourage and promote the 7 principles of Leadership, Enlightenment, Academic Achievement, Perseverance, Outreach, Responsibility, and Growth.

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LEAP and Clarksville Housing Authority Host Block Party in Lincoln Homes

 

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – On a crisp October Saturday LEAP organization in collaboration with the Clarksville Housing Authority hosted a Block Party in Lincoln Homes. Laughter could be heard as you approached the block party. It was coming from dozens and dozens of children enjoying free hot dogs, popcorn, and ice cream as well as playing games, jumping in the inflatables provided by A Jump’n Good Time, and live music from DJ Greedy.

LEAP Site Lead Dorlisha White spearheaded the event with the help of Martha Witherspoon of the Housing Authority.

Block Party held in Lincoln Homes by LEAP and Clarksville Housing Authority.

Block Party held in Lincoln Homes by LEAP and Clarksville Housing Authority.

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Northeast, West Creek High Schools come in First at the 5th Annual Step and Dance Competition

 

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – Over 400 were in attendance to watch the 5th annual LEAP step and dance competition held at West Creek High School. Comedian Deztin “DJ” Pryor hosted the event and had the crowd on their feet showing off their moves before the competition.

Local recording artist Rebecca Henry opened with the National Anthem and “How Great is Our God.”

Parents, family, friends and community members came out to show their support and watch the teams perform.  Teams that competed in step included West Creek High, Northwest High, and Rossview High. Northeast High competed in dance and Kenwood High in drill.

Northeast High School 1st place dance. (Lois Jones​)

Northeast High School 1st place dance. (Lois Jones​)

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LEAP to hold 5th Annual Dance Competition October 25th

 

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – LEAP organization is planning their 5th annual Step and Dance Crew Challenge on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at West Creek High School. The event will take place between 3:00pm and 6:00pm. with admission only five dollars, children under seven are free.

Proceeds will be used to benefit youth performing arts and allow more participants to attend youth enrichment programs.

The event will showcase the talents of many of Clarksville middle and high school students in step and dance routines.

5th Annual Dance Competition to be held October 25th

5th Annual Dance Competition to be held October 25th

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LEAP holds Youth Educational Excursion to New Orleans

 

LEAP OrganizationNew Orleans, LA – Youth from Clarksville, Tennessee embarked on an educational excursion that began with touring Jackson Square and visiting the 1850 House, Cabildo, and Presbytre where they learned about New Orleans rich history and sampled some of its fine cuisine.

The next day the group visited the Aquarium, and Insectarium where some got to sample gourmet insects before enjoying shops and sights of Magazine St.

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Political Transparency

 

Election 2014Clarksville, TN – As it is with most political elections, sooner or later a candidate tries to defeat an opponent by using the opponent’s past to tarnish his/her credibility. Because I believe in putting all cards on the table and because I want the community to know who I am as a person, I would like to share with you how I became the person I am today.

Like most of us, I had to go through tough times, challenges, and deal with the consequences of poor decisions I made in the past. But I believe that God allowed these things to happen to help me become a better person and be able to help others that would cross my path in the future. So, having said that, here is my story:

Richard Garrett running for Ward 1 Clarksville City Council.

Richard Garrett running for Ward 1 Clarksville City Council.

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Youth DreamChaser’s Olympics

 

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – May 31st, 2014 marked the conclusion of the 2013 – 2014 DreamChasers Program with a Youth Olympics competition between the 4 mentoring sites. This after school program is in its 2nd year and is a partnership between Clarksville Parks and Recreation and the LEAP Organization.

The purpose of this event was to unite youth enrolled in DreamChasers at the LEAP Plaza, Burt Cobb, Kleeman, and Crow Community Centers to participate in a competition that fostered team work and health/wellness while developing pride in their community. The games that the youth competed in were the Water Balloon Relay, Fitness Challenge, Basketball Shoot Out, Scooter Relay, and Rock Wall Climb Relay with the Crow Community Center under the leadership of Site Lead Jacqueline Irons winning 3 of the events to take home 1st Place.

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Foster Care Awareness Family Day Celebration

 

Foster Care Awareness Family DayClarksville, TN – May 17th marked the 5th Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day Celebration. Over 450 members of the Clarksville Community gathered together to learn about becoming a foster parent at the LEAP Plaza.

Of those that attended there were a total of 9 that signed up to become foster parents.

5th Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day Celebration

5th Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day Celebration

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Nashville Predators Foundation awards funding to LEAP

 

LEAP OrganizationNashville, TN – On May 7th, 2014 the LEAP Organization was selected to receive a grant award from the Nashville Predators Foundation. This year marked the Predators biggest grant program in franchise history with over $410,000 in grants were awarded to Middle Tennessee non profit organizations at Bridgestone Arena.

“We are very appreciative of the Predators Foundation selecting us for funding to enhance our youth development program” commented board member Larson Gafney.

LEAP organization receives grant award from Nashville Predators Foundation.

LEAP organization receives grant award from Nashville Predators Foundation.

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