Category: Inspiration Station

Giving Back To Those In Need

By Mary Ashton Mills For 7-year-old Chaiden Floyd of Thomson, cochlear implants for hearing have been a part of his life since he was 3 years old. Frequent therapy is an essential part of a routine to improve his hearing impairment and communication. In order for him to overcome his disability, he must detect a sound, hear the sound, pay attention to the sound, discriminate it and assign meaning to the sound. This type of auditory discrimination doesn’t come easily for those born with hearing loss. Countless hours in a therapist’s office have become a familiar part of the week...

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Teen Court

By Mary Ashton Mills   Often time teenagers make bad decisions. It’s all part of growing up—testing the boundaries and learning about the repercussions. Sometimes the decisions are worse than texting something rude to a friend or skipping class. Minor possession, theft, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana at school are all examples of arrests where most kids would love to have that coveted “get out of jail free” card. It is tough to explain to a teenager that one quick decision turned wrong can leave a scar so deep that it can change the course of their entire life,...

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Get On Up With JAMP

By Mary Ashton Mills   The sound grabs you right away and commands your attention. It’s the perfect blend of jazz and funk coupled with the signature “one beat” that stops you in your tracks as you think for just a moment about the music’s likeness to the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The band is part of an academy that is preserving the legacy of Mr. Brown himself. James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils, known as JAMP, is not only safeguarding the legend’s legacy, but also fostering children’s interest in music at an early age by teaching music...

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By Mary Ashton Mills   Concerns over having a healthy baby and child are on the forefront of many parent’s minds today. With so many milestones and checklists, it’s normal to worry that our children will be healthy enough to achieve each goal. We hear about pediatric cancer, chromosomal abnormalities, SIDS and many more health-related disorders and events, but stroke doesn’t regularly cross our minds when thinking about our children. Yes, pediatric stroke occurs in 11 out of every 100,000 children per year, according to the National Stroke Association. When someone has a stroke either the blood supply to the...

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Sowing the Seeds of a Special Summer Camp

By Mary Ashton Mills   When 8-year-old Katherine Ivey asked her mother, Sterling, when she would get a chance to go to overnight camp like older sister Ansley, age 14, and older brother Patrick, age 16, the innocent request hit a chord with Sterling. It never occurred to her that Katherine would want to go to summer camp. But then she thought, “What child wouldn’t want to go to camp?” Canoeing and archery and campfires and nighttime cricket sounds sing to the heart of a kid. This is the stuff summer is made of. Nonetheless, Sterling knew she would have...

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