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October 2019
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Going Gold 

First Presbyterian Day School raised more than $1,500 by Going Gold for Mississippi Kids. Donations are designated for The Campbell Bulldog Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson to be used for research to help find cures for the many different types of pediatric cancer.  Our fourth-graders released gold balloons on the playground in memory of Campbell Dale.

Hands-On Learning

The Elevate Newscast is a completely student-led production and the culmination of a unit in Elevate class on self-discovery. The sixth-grade students grouped themselves according to their personalities, multiple intelligences, and learning styles. They then wrote their own scripts, created the sets, filmed the segments and edited the video. 

Watch the Newscast


Student Services Team Presents at
Dyslexia Conference

Our Student Services Team presented recently at a conference "Dyslexia, Add the Facts" jointly put on by the Mississippi College Dyslexia Education and Evaluation Center and the Mississippi Chapter of the Academic Language Therapy Association. Mindy Boyd, Leslie Buckley, Tori Williams, and Meredith Matlock presented on our Dyslexia Immersion Program in a seminar entitled "Embracing Dyslexia: Diving in and Going Deep."


Triple the Fun in New York City

FPDS alumni and triplets Avery, Brooke, and Kelsey Harmon spent this past summer together in New York City. Since their freshman year in college, it was a dream of the sisters, and it all came together when the girls were chosen for three exciting internships. The Harmons are currently seniors in colleges, and they are attending Mississippi State (Avery), Samford (Brooke), and Pepperdine (Kelsey) Universities.

Avery interned at Peter Pennoyer Architects (PPA), a classical architecture firm that specializes in high-end residential projects. Avery says that PPA was different than her previous work experiences for three reasons: the classical style, the clients, and the city. “I loved being exposed to classical, ornate, detailed architecture. In one sense, the classical style, for a daydreamer like myself, swept me back into a time of ballgowns and horse-drawn carriages, but in a practical sense, much of New York’s history is ingrained in the classical buildings that made the city what it is.”

“While the work side of the summer was very rewarding, being with my sisters was by far the best part of the summer,” Avery says. “The chance to deepen our friendship and learn more about each other is likely one of the most enriching experiences the three of us will share. I will look fondly back on the nights in our little, shoebox apartment, laughing and watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, eating Junior’s cheesecake on The Red Steps after seeing a Broadway show, or just all the countless little moments strung together. Summer 2019 was a time of growing, loving, and maturing, and I will forever be grateful for it.”

Brooke had the opportunity to intern at Neurosport, a clinic in New York City that specializes in physical therapy for the performing arts, specifically treating performers from Broadway shows. Throughout the five weeks that she interned at Neurosport, Brooke interacted with performers from several shows, including My Fair Lady, Tootsie, King Kong, Aladdin, The Lion King, Anastasia, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Wicked, Stomp, and Kiss Me, Kate. Most days she stayed at the clinic due to responsibilities there, but one night she helped backstage at Stomp, so she was able to see the difference in treatment on-site compared to at the clinic. 

“As someone who loves the performing arts, I definitely had a few fan-girl moments, which I will always remember as great memories from spending a summer working in New York City,” says Brooke.

Kelsey had the privilege of interning for two different media companies in Manhattan. One internship was with a commercial post-production house called Cut+Run, and the other was for a Christian television network called Trinity Broadcasting Network. “It was so awesome to work at two diverse and fun places each week,” she says. Cut+Run worldwide has produced music videos for artists like Khalid, Post Malone, and Selena Gomez, but the chief goal of the NY office is to produce commercials for big-budget clients, such as United, Marriott, Powerade, and Verizon. Kelesy says that her work at TBN was very different but equally as valuable.  Among other assignments, Kelsey helped with a talk show called The Eric Metaxas Radio Show, with different guests each week. 

“Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my summer in Manhattan with Avery and Brooke. Although it definitely had its challenging moments, we all learned so much about each of our professions, and we had so much fun living together again, even in a tiny shoebox apartment in Gramercy Park. My sisters and I shared many wonderful memories as we explored Manhattan together, and it was a summer we will never forget,” Kelsey says.


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