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Riverwalk Casino Hotel to Host Fundraiser for American Cancer Society

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4th Annual Bras for Breast Cancer: Let’s Hear it for the “Girls”! VICKSBURG, Ms. Riverwalk Casino Hotel wants your bras!  Yes, you read that correctly.  Bras of every shape, size, color, and cup – you name it, they’re looking for it.  In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Riverwalk is hosting the 4th Annual Bras for Breast Cancer Fundraiser.  They are asking all women in area communities to donate their old bras at several local drop-off points and the casino will donate $1 for each bra collected to the American Cancer Society. Riverwalk will be collecting bras for the entire month of October.  Bras can be donated at Riverwalk Casino Hotel and Shape Up Sisters in Vicksburg, as well as Curves for Women in Jackson.  Collections will be accepted from October 1 – 31, so go through those dresser drawers and get your donations made.  With nearly 10,000 bras received last year from 20 different states, our new goal for this year is to receive 15,000 bras and at least one bra from each of the 50 states! From organizations right here at home and even stretching across the globe, the bras have already started coming in.  The Overtoun House in Scotland, a Christian group dedicated to helping those in need, hosted a B.Y.O.B. event (Bring Your Own Bra!) where they collected bras and shipped them to Riverwalk for this year’s event.  Closer to home, Repeat Street Consignment in Jackson is already gearing up, having contributed 4,000 bras last year (that’s almost half of the total donations!).  “Our staff and customers look forward to October all year long,” says owner Michele Austin. “Not only do we get to have fun with all of the bras coming in, but we get to meet so many amazing women with such incredible life stories – plus the bras are all donated to local shelters afterward, and it’s a great feeling to know how many lives are touched.  It’s really a great thing that Riverwalk does for the fight against this disease.” Once the tallies are in, Riverwalk will announce how many bras were collected and the resulting donation that will be made to the American Cancer Society – and, of course, the ceremony that we look forward to every year, stringing together all of the bras and displaying them across the old Highway 80 Mississippi River Bridge.  The check presentation and “bra stringing” will take place Thursday, November 3rd at 9:00 a.m. following the Healthy Breast Rally at 8:00 a.m.  And you’re invited to all of it! One in every eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, but the good news is that 98% of all breast cancer is curable if detected early. “We’ve all been touched by this disease in some way, and Riverwalk is dedicated to doing our part in the fight.  We’re so excited about the increased involvement we’ve had from the local communities each year, and we’re looking forward to topping that this year!” says Ginny Tzotzolas, Director of Marketing at Riverwalk. Mississippi’s most exciting land-based casino destination, Riverwalk Casino Hotel is located along the banks of the Mississippi River in historic Vicksburg and offers the best in gaming, delicious dining choices and beautiful hotel rooms, many with lovely views of the River.  With over 27,000 square feet of gaming and dining space, Riverwalk is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year and employs over 400 people.  Visit us at www.riverwalkvicksburg.com and become a fan at www.facebook.com/riverwalkvicksburg.]]]]> ]]>

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Governor announces two MS Board of Ed appointments

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Gov. Tate Reeves announced two Mississippi State Board of Education appointments Tuesday: Angela Bass from Jackson and Glen East from Gulfport. The appointees reflect the Governor’s commitment to continuous improvement in education.

“Mississippi’s children deserve our steadfast commitment to improving education. We must continue to improve outcomes for these students without fear of upsetting the status quo. I am confident that Angela and Glen will serve with honor and represent the interest of parents, teachers and — most importantly — students. Their achievement has to be our top priority,” Reeves said in a statement.

Dr. Angela Bass served as a Teach for America corps member and studied education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, later becoming a teacher in both the Tunica and Desoto County school districts and an administrator at the KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance.

Mr. Glen East serves as the Superintendent of the Gulfport School District. The district represents 10 schools and approximately 5,800 students. It has been designated an Excellence for All School District.

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Alcorn State University, IRS and USDA partner to provide webinar on Economic Impact Payment 

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Alcorn State University, the Internal Revenue Service and the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement have partnered to provide a webinar on the upcoming Economic Impact Payment.

During this Zoom meeting, participants will discuss strategies to help eligible Mississippi residents get their Economic Impact Stimulus payments. Individuals who were excluded from automatic delivery of payments must sign up by Oct. 15 to get their stimulus check this year.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST) via Zoom.

Register for the meeting online.
Zoom Webinar ID: 851 3831 6826
Passcode: 185598

Register by phone at 408-638-0968 | Code: 85138316826# or
646-876-9923 | Code: 85138316826#

For more information, contact Jacqueline A. Davis-Slay, deputy director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, United States Department of Agriculture, 202-720-2032

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Seven VWSD students selected for state Student Advisory Council

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Seven students from the Vicksburg Warren School District have been selected to serve on the Mississippi Department of Education Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.

  • Mary Katherine Archer – River City Early College
  • Riddhi Patel – River City Early College
  • Marquasia Smith – Vicksburg High School
  • Bobbie Sorrels – Vicksburg High School
  • Gregory Taylor – Vicksburg High School
  • Garrett Lee – Warren Central High School
  • Teyanna Monroe – Warren Central High School

The council includes students in grades 11 and 12 or in their first year of college to serve as members for a term of two school years.

More than 300 students from across the state applied for membership on the council and 163 were selected. They will join the more than 70 students who were selected in 2019.

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