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Knoxville Sierra Club chapter joins national effort to get kids outdoors
Caprice Young, 8, left and Isley Taylor, 7, center and Pamela Bomkamp wait for the fireflies to appear at Elkmont on Friday. The three are with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee and are taking part in a program through the Sierra Club that engages inner-city childrenwith the outdoors. (SAUL YOUNG/ NEWS SENTINEL)
BANANA REPUBLIC FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES ON MEMORIAL DAY
Big Brothers Big Sisters is excited to be part of Banana Republic’s national fundraising campaign running from May 26 - June 8. Banana Republic will be giving away up to $500,000 to four charities through an on-line voting campaign. Click "More" to learn how you can help.
Derrick D. Schofield, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Correction
(Photo: Jed DeKalb)
Nearly 2 million children in the United States have a parent incarcerated in the criminal justice system. Many of these families find themselves not only being traumatized by the stigma of being imprisoned, but also by being paralyzed by their separation from their own children. The social and emotional costs are staggering.
Mentoring young children — especially those who have parents who are in prison — is one of the most important ways to impact their lives in a positive way and point them in the right direction.
They’re more than 40 years apart, but Ken Miller, a 61-year-old attorney and grandfather of five, and Deonte Blair, a 17-year-old Karns High School senior, said they have much in common, from gardening to sports.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS' TENNESSEE ALLIANCE NAMES TENNESSEE'S BIG BROTHER OF THE YEAR
Ken Miller of Knoxville named Tennessee Big Brother of the Year
Big Brothers Big Sisters is pleased to announce that Ken Miller of Knoxville has been named Tennessee’s Big Brother of the Year. The “Big of the Year” award recognizes outstanding volunteers who provide exceptional and life-changing impact to the children they mentor in their area. Ken will go on to represent Tennessee in the National competition along with Nashville’s Anna West as Tennessee’s Big Sister of the Year. National Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year will be awarded in June at the National Big Brothers Big Sisters Conference.