Determination and Positive Attitude Define Literacy Student

After two years of hard work, Rena Chambers is selected for second ‘Student of the Year’ award With her casual smile and black leather book bag, Rena Chambers is the first student to enter Room 304 at the Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center on a Thursday afternoon. It’s the end of another school week for South Side resident Chambers — who ... Read More »

Paving the Way

Mikell Clemons leads his teammates both on the basketball court and in the classroom Mikell Clemons sits in the front of Stephanie Sobon’s social studies class. He is jammed in the corner where two chalkboards meet, and it’s easy to miss him when you walk in the room. But Sobon knows exactly where he is. As the students sit at ... Read More »

Gender Separation

Clary Middle School puts boys and girls in different classrooms Clary Middle School is halfway through its first academic year of gender separation in the classroom, and one constituency enthusiastically endorses it. Others are still adjusting. Clearly loving it: parents. Not quite so much: some students. Read More »

The Art of History

Students at two South Side schools channel their artistic talents for Black History Month Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and first lady Michelle Obama are among the many prominent figures whose images line the walls and desktops in Adam Felleman’s classroom at Clary Magnet Middle School. Read More »

South Side Achiever

Inspired by Olivia on ‘Law & Order,’ Fowler senior plans to become a detective Brianna Vassar sat in the front row during the 14th annual South Side Christmas Tree Lighting held Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, in anticipation. The Fowler High School senior waited for her name to be called, and then she graced the stage at the Beauchamp Branch Library as ... Read More »

After-School Home

Center gives South Side children a place for reading, computer work The Southside Family Resource Center — a community center based in the P.E.A.C.E, Inc. building on West Castle Street — is more than a place for children to go after school. It has become a safe haven for children across the South Side to play with friends, do their ... Read More »

Taye Diggs Reads His New Book to SCSD Youth

‘Chocolate Me’ inspired by incident in Diggs’ Youth Approximately 40 Syracuse City School District elementary students sat together to listen to Taye Diggs read them his new book, “Chocolate Me,” while Shane Evans, the book’s illustrator, accompanied him on the guitar Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Greater Evangelical Church, located at 4325 S. Salina St. Read More »

South Side Youth Get Lesson in Sustainability

South Side children got a taste of farm life and fresh pumpkin fritters as they frolicked through Tim’s Pumpkin Patch, Sunday, Oct. 23. As part of an effort to educate children about the food they eat, the Healthcare Education Project (HEPNY) hosted a field trip to the Marietta farm so that children could learn first-hand what goes into their diets. Read More »

Learning to Survive

Higher Education Opportunity Program at SU provides much-needed help Against heavy odds, Cynthia Wright hopes to finally earn a college degree. Wright, a longtime South Side resident, has suffered in the past decade the loss of both parents, a frightening bout with cancer and the heartache of seeing a neighborhood she loves deteriorate around her. She decided last year she ... Read More »

Student Earns International Recognition for Poem

Members of the Syracuse Federation of Women’s Clubs invited Syracuse City School District students in first through 12th grades last January to enter the national club’s youth poetry and short story contest. Club President Candace B. Edwards never thought so many students would place or that one student would earn top prize. But in the club’s first attempt to gather ... Read More »