Category: Inspiration Station

A Step in the Right Direction

Provided by Josh Heath   Karen Brown has lived a life most people can only imagine. She has traveled the world, met celebrities, such as Maya Angelou and Michael Jackson, and performed as a principal ballerina with the Dance Theatre of Harlem for 22 years. She has even performed for Queen Elizabeth and former President Ronald Reagan.  Now she shares her time and talents with the local Savannah River Region community. Since 2018, she has directed a summer program for about 50 local children at the Sand Hills Community Center. The program is based on leadership skills taken from...

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Two Moms and Their Vision to Inspire Youth

Provided by Meredith Flory   Two local mothers are using their talents, passion, past work and educational experiences to fill a need in the Augusta homeschool community. In 2018 Erika Bible and Christi Wildes opened INSPIRE Studios to encourage children in theater and music through camps, classes and lessons. Bible and Wildes were a part of the music and theater community in Augusta’s River Region and other communities where they’ve lived before devoting their talents to this new endeavor.  Both performed with the Augusta Players and taught private lessons— Bible in voice and piano, and Wildes as a voice...

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North Augusta’s Living History Park

Provided by Meredith Flory   Offering a step back to the past and nestled a few blocks from downtown North Augusta is the tranquil Living History Park.  Combining the best Augusta’s River Region has to offer in entertaining storytelling, outdoor beauty and educational history, Living History Park is a place for families to learn and play throughout the year.  The park aims to educate the community on the colonial history of the area.  All events at the Living History Park are free, making this an easy educational day trip for families in the area. Linda Thompson, better known as...

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Angela Marshall: The Rags to Riches Motivator

Provided by Meredith Flory   Author Angela Marshall is an Augusta native using her unique experiences as a teen mother, ex-NFL wife and businesswoman to inspire adults and youth through writing and speaking.  Several years ago the author left the corporate world to pursue a passion for telling stories and mentoring others, and her influence is being felt in our community and beyond. When asked about the courage to change her career course, she reflected on the impact of her mother’s cervical cancer diagnosis and eventual passing: “I watched her transition from living a life of fulfillment and freedom...

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Pushing for a Strong Start for Babies

Provided by Family Features   More than 10,000 babies are born each day in the United States. Where they are born and where they live during the first years of their lives can make a difference in their chances for strong starts. Science shows that human brains grow faster between the ages of 0-3 than at any later point in people’s lives, forming more than one million neural connections every second. Nurturing relationships, early learning experiences and good health and nutrition influence all areas of a child’s development, setting a strong foundation for the rest of his or her...

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