Meridian Star


January 3, 2008

Mississippi Heritage in 2008


A friend, Richelle Putnam, and I have written a Mississippi Heritage Program geared for Pre-K through second grade students of our state. We have taken this program to public libraries, and public and private schools/daycare centers all across the state. We have the young students up and on their feet singing, “You Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog” as we talk about famous Mississippians such as Elvis and Oprah. We sing, “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain When She Comes,” as we teach that the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains are located in northeastern Mississippi with such questions as, “Do Mountains have feet?” We talk about “The River” and the most beautiful songbird in the whole world, the Mississippi Mocking Bird, plus the wonderful fragrance of our state flower, the Magnolia. We lead Mississippi cheers and we teach how wonderful it is to live in our state plus we uplift our Mississippi blue skies, clean air, good people and beautiful trees and streams. If you are interested in this program, please call me at (601) 681-8525.

The program is about the length of twenty minutes and the children do not want us to leave – they want more fun and excitement about Mississippi. I ask? If we as Mississippians do not teach Mississippi heritage to our children, who will?

Dear Mississippians … May God continue to Bless our State in 2008.

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