Notes of Thanks to Our Elders

By Alexis Tuttle This year, third grade students from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (ABES) brought some holiday cheer to some of our community seniors at Waterfront Village.   ABES third grade teachers, Ms. Ballenger and Ms. Jayamaha, coordinated a fall thanks and appreciation celebration which culminated in a “3rd Grade Fall Party” held on Friday, Nov. 19.  Throughout […]

Young Readers: How YouTube Can Put a Book in Your Child’s Hands

By Kitty Felde Remember when parents complained about the amount of TV their kids watched? Now, it’s YouTube. I hear from parents over and over again that their kids aren’t reading, not because they’re distracted by video games or binge-watching Netflix, but because their eyeballs are glued to YouTube videos. Yet, YouTube can also be a valuable […]

Inspiring Reluctant Readers with a SImple Challenge

By Kitty Felde It’s the question that frustrates parents and teachers alike: how do you get a reluctant reader to pick up a book? How does a book compete with video games and Snapchat? This month, we begin a new column in The Southwester: Young Readers.  I’m Kitty Felde, host and executive producer of the […]

Waterfront Academy Montessori Miles

By Kate Oczypok Waterfront Academy is taking a unique, fun approach to fundraising this fall. The school has launched “Montessori Miles” this November, encouraging interested participants to run, jog or walk 30 miles in 30 days this November. With registration, you can get a t-shirt that features a “Running Knight” to wear as you complete […]

Vera M. White, Former Jefferson Jr. High School Principal, Passes Away

By Angela Rice  Mrs. Vera Mae White, Jefferson Jr. High School’s illustrious former principal, peacefully passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the age of 86. A devoted wife to Blanchard White for 62 years and the mother of three sons, she led a life of faith in God and faith in the power […]

Richard Wright Opens New Facility, Student Shares Perspective

By Southwester Staff  The Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 17 to mark the completion of a new state-of-the-art facility at 475 School Street SW.  As the first public high school to open in Southwest in over 50 years, the new Richard Wright School includes […]