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Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival

For 27 years, the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival has been the unofficial start of spring in Memphis and is now the largest one-day crawfish festival outside of Louisiana. Each April, over 35,000 people come down to the banks of the Mighty Mississippi to get their share of 17,000 lbs of fresh, spicy Louisiana crawfish. In addition to the crawfish, Rajun Cajun features several family-friendly attractions including live music from 3 stages with authentic zydeco music on the main stage and other local favorites throughout the day.

Rajun Cajun is free admission and festival-goers will have plenty of food and beverage options from a variety of vendors. However, no one lets the crawfish go to waste. Attendees are always encouraged to get there early in the day because it always sells out. Upgraded experiences at the Swamp VIP Tent are available for purchase in advance. With the VIP tent, attendees enjoy an unlimited crawfish and Cajun cuisine buffet that includes and sodas, water and beer, plus a shady spot under the big tent to enjoy the music.

Rajun Cajun is the largest fundraiser for Porter-Leath with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the programs and services given at no cost to over 50,000 local children and their families. Remember – eat crawfish, help children!

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Camp Congress for Girls

March 28, 2019

Girls in grades 5th – 8th will be in charge when Camp Congress is in session on Saturday, March 30, 2019. A national program created by Girls in Politics, Camp Congress is an amazing opportunity to learn valuable lessons and information about the American political system. Hosted by Girl Scouts Heart of the South and Hutchison School. With more women serving in Congress than ever before, now is a momentous time for girls to learn all about the American political system and how they can be a part of it to change the world.

by:

 Kimberly Crafton

Hutchison and Girl Scouts plan a fun day of campaigns, elections, and writing legislation for 5th – 8th grade girls

Camp Congress by Girls in Politics is a leadership program that introduces girls rajun cajun porter leathages 8 to 15 to politics. Camp begins with a girl-friendly lesson on the structure of our political system. Each girl will choose to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate or for the presidency. She will create her own campaign with a platform, campaign slogan, campaign finance plan, campaign website and a political ad for television.

“We feel like this is an ideal time for girls to learn about our political system and the importance of voting and campaigning,” said Melanie Schild, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of the South. “It also teaches girls very necessary skills for life such as leadership, team work, decision making, people skills, goal setting, and citizenship.”

“We are very excited to partner with Girl Scouts Heart of the South to bring this program to girls in Memphis,” said Dr. Kristen Ring, Hutchison Head of School. “We work hard to help girls feel empowered and place a lot of emphasis on leadership from a young age. Camp Congress is an innovative way to encourage girls to take their leadership skills to the next level.”

All campers will register to vote and then vote in an election. Once elected to Congress and sworn in, the newly installed members of Congress will learn how to introduce a bill, debate the merits of the bill, lobby fellow legislators, collaborate with the executive branch and finally vote on the proposed bill.

Camp will culminate with a ceremonial signing of the bill by our Ms. President. During the camp session, the campers will meet elected officials and political consultants that will serve as honorary camp counselors.

Girls thrive at Hutchison because we understand how girls learn and what helps them succeed. In addition to academic, athletic, and character development—the mind, body, and spirit referenced in our mission statement—we encourage each girl to find her voice and take risks without fear of failure. Dedicated faculty leverage the proven advantages of an all-girl school. We know girls learn differently than boys, and we employ teaching strategies proven to work best for the ways girls think, learn, and interact.

We’re 2.5 million strong—1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.

 

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