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The LeadONE Communications Council aims to lead everyone to become one! As a result, they are hosting the first ever REACH Memphis Game Night, so REACH students can have fun, food, and get to know each other better. Win tickets by playing a variety of games like UNO, Jenga, Just Dance, and more!

Date: Thursday, March 12th 2020 (tomorrow) Time: 5:00-7:00 pm

Location: REACH Memphis Office

Due to limited space, please email Candace Haggans at if you hope to join us

St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on March 17th, is a secular holiday of revelry and celebration of all things Irish. The story behind St. Patrick’s day is of a man named St. Patrick, who was born in Roman-occupied Britain during the 4th-century. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped, taken to Ireland, and enslaved. After escaping his bondage, he began spreading Christianity throughout Ireland. St. Patrick was able to establish many churches, monasteries, and religious schools in Ireland before his death on March 17, 461 CE. As a result of his efforts, Ireland began celebrating his life with religious services and feasts. Eventually, Irish emigrants transformed St. Patrick's day into an international holiday, by getting it established as official holidays in countries such as the USA. Now Irish and non-Irish communities, alike, commonly participate in wearing green clothing or items on March 17th in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Fun fact: Blue was the original color associated with St. Patrick, but eventually green took its place due to the Irish national plant, the Lapel.

The annual sophomore community service project was a success for everyone involved. Students began by doing an icebreaker where they got a chance to find out what summer experiences their peers are going to be attending. The top three winners received REACH shirts! They also got a chance to hear from both leadership teams at REACH, LeadONE and Student Executive Board, on their summer experiences, lessons learned from them, and how to prepare for this experience of a lifetime. Questions such as “How can I manage my money while I’m there?” and “What type of people will I meet?” were asked and answered by students and leaders. This was an opportunity for the new students to gain wisdom from veterans students as well as potential guidance in the future.

After the icebreaker and the Q & A, the students got started on their community service projects. The student’s assignment was to create an educational preschooler's game in order to prepare them for their kindergarten entrance exam. Students got into groups with people they did not know and brainstormed ideas with facilitators from the leadership teams. Activities ranged from matching games to candy land style games. Creativity filled the room, and, when each project was presented, everyone was celebrated for doing a job well done. Some of the big takeaways the sophomores gained from this event was a greater sense of confidence and knowledge regarding their summer experiences and tangible projects that will be useful to dozens of children across the city.

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