YA-hoo Fest celebrates young adult literature
Chattanooga State Community College is hosting YA-hoo Fest this weekend, a celebration of young adult and middle grades literature.
The event will feature 33 authors of popular young adult fiction including Laura Silverman, Nic Stone and Jeff Zenter. It will include author presentations, panel discussions, book signings and more.
More than 20 of the authors will visit local middle and high schools this week.
The festival is from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway.
For more information, visit www.yahoofest.org.
Hixson High to throw pep rallies at elementary schools
Hixson High School faculty and students will take their school spirit on the road for a pep rally at local elementary schools.
The pep rally is designed to motivate future Wildcats, encourage good academic performance and recognize youngsters with perfect attendance, according to a news release.
Hixson High students from various clubs and athletic teams will make stops at Big Ridge, DuPoint, Middle Valley and Hixson elementary schools on Sept. 28.
"The reason for the pep rally is to let the elementary students know that Hixson High School is proud of their current success," said Garrick Hall, coach and athletic director at Hixson High, in a statement. Hall helped come up with the idea for the rallies. "We also want them to stay motivated for the future."
Students recognized for perfect attendance will get a free ticket to a Hixson High home football game.
Big Ridge Elementary and DuPont perfect attendance students will be recognized on Oct. 5 at the game against East Hamilton. Middle Valley and Hixson Elementary students will be recognized at the game on Oct. 19 against Central High.
National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 25
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is visiting colleges and universities across the state in recognition of National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 25th to encourage students to register to vote before the November election.
Hargett also launched a College Voter Registration Competition, encouraging event college and university in the state to compete to register the most students to vote and to use the hashtag #GoVoteTN.
"My goal is to help make sure as many eligible Tennesseans as possible take part in our election process," said Hargett in a statement. "It is great to meet with the young men and women on our college campuses who are registering to vote for the first time. These are the future leaders of our state, and it's exciting to see them engage in and being excited about the political process."
The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9.
Mayor Berke to kick off leadership series at Brown Academy
Brown Academy is launching a Friday Leadership Series to connect community leaders with students.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will kick off the new initiative at 8 a.m. on Oct. 5.
Berke will address the fourth and fifth-grade students in an assembly and visit individual classrooms.
The series is part of Brown Academy's efforts to engage children and help frame their perspectives and outlooks on their future and community leadership.
"It is our firm belief that such experiences can evoke a thirst for higher learning and foster personal characteristics for successful lives," said Emily Baker, principal of Brown Academy, in a statement.