Children Before Fish

Dozens protest the decision to invest in an aquarium while so many in Syracuse live in poverty By April Santana South Side resident Ida Stewart knows how she would spend the county’s $85 million surplus: Health care for seniors and children, food security, housing, and on the fight against lead poisoning, for starters. Not on her list? An aquarium for ... Read More »

Danforth Middle School Launches the Dark Girls Project

“We the Dark Girls are talented, smart and strong…” This is the beginning of the manifesto of the Dark Girls Project. These words can be heard from the voices of 40 young girls and women every Thursday after school at Danforth Middle School. These words mark the start of every meeting. Read More »

Music to Their Ears

Hasan Stephens believes hip-hop can lead youth away from the streets and toward success A 15-year-old steals from an elderly man. The goal: Get just enough money to buy some food. The yield: Just seven cents. Still, the culprit draws prison from a judge bent on teaching him a lesson. This could be one of the songs “DJ Maestro” plays ... Read More »

Students Donate to Meals on Wheels

Fifth-grade students from McKinley-Brighton Elementary School presented a check in the amount of $200 to Meals on Wheels of Syracuse Wednesday, Dec. 10. The donation was from the proceeds of “rice bag” sales. The students gathered in the school library, performed a song, and explained why they decided to donate to the non-profit, which will deliver nearly 194,000 meals this ... Read More »

Syracuse Libraries Host the Cardboard Challenge

A sea of brown cardboard boxes covered the second floor of Beauchamp Branch Library on a recent Saturday, decorated with cascading ribbons and hand-drawn logos. These weren’t ordinary packing containers. Every branch of the Syracuse City Library system hosted the Cardboard Challenge on Oct. 11, inviting children from across the city to showcase their own makeshift games, complete with corrugated ... Read More »

Southside Academy Introduces Critical Thinking in a New Way

The Southside Academy Charter School found a new way to promote critical thinking in its classrooms and it’s in a way that no other school in the Syracuse City School District has tried. The charter school now offers a philosophy class to its eighth graders in the junior honors society. The class is held every Friday and is taught by ... Read More »

Don't Be Silly, Stop the Bully

A Guest Column by Breiale Martin, Shayla Baker and Azzuré McClain Bullying occurs frequently in our community, and the effects of bullying impact all involved in a negative way. There are different types of bullying that can occur. These are cyber bullying, physical bullying, and verbal bullying. Read More »

Chess Champs Crowned

County chess championship held Sunday Students packed Southside Academy Charter School’s gymnasium to exercise their brains Sunday, March 23, as they used strategy and logic to compete in the annual Onondaga County Chess Championship. Around 52 students from around the county and other parts of upstate registered in three different divisions: K-4, K-6 and K-12. The top five students in ... Read More »

Southside Academy Students, Parents Power Down

Electronic Blackout encourages families to put down their devices and open a book Every day after school, Monique Bloomfield’s three children turn off the television, put away their video games and crack open a book. “From pre-K, we’ve had that rule: no watching TV during the week, except on Fridays when they come home,” Bloomfield said. She has two children ... Read More »

Wilder Compound Kicks-Off Sustainability Series

Highlight of six sessions: Building of a 14-Foot Geodesic Dome From building websites to growing food, students from Syracuse University and the city’s high schools are practicing ways to sustain themselves and their communities through a workshop series, which began Saturday, Feb. 8, at 601 Tully. “We put all these different workshops together that would be kind of a nice ... Read More »