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Fun and fundraising with The Natural Learning School

By David Early

What better way to celebrate the glorious arrival of warm days and shiny new feathers on trees than an outing with family and friends. The Natural Learning School will host its second annual Spring Festival on Saturday, May 7, from 10am-3pm at Peabody Park. Part field day, part “Minute to Win It”, come experience a day of old-fashioned fun and games. Challenge your friends to a sack or three-legged race, make a cape or rain stick from natural materials in one of our art centers, beat the clock in a skill game, and for the ultra daring take a spin on the humiliating, I mean hilarious, Wheel of Destiny. Other activities for all ages and abilities include a bubble station, a scavenger hunt, and a Nick Cave-inspired parade as the Grand Finale. Admission is a budget-friendly $5 per person, and food and beverages are available for purchase. All proceeds benefit The Natural Learning School located in Cooper-Young. For more information visit

During my Thursday morning walks I am thrilled to see how many folks in our neighborhood are staunch recyclers, typically favoring an overflowing recycling bin each week while allowing the green cart only a supporting role. For those who haven’t yet taken the plunge into recycling (it’s easier than you think) or for those who want to channel your resources toward a worthy neighborhood cause, The Natural Learning School invites you to donate your aluminum beverage containers to our “Aluminum Is More Precious Than Gold” can drive. The funds generated will support our Scholarship Fund, Teacher Development Fund, as well as aid in realizing our vision of a new campus in the community. Each Saturday a resource-hungry trailer will be parked in front of the school at 1992 Nelson Avenue awaiting your bagged or loose cans. Any quantity is appreciated and rinsing is preferred. Each week the cans will be redeemed and the amount earned will be posted on our website, so we can collectively celebrate the effort. For more information call 901-355-6516.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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