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FirstWorks at the Corners

14 Jul

What a great year we’ve had at FirstWorks @ The Corners! We continue to be amazed and inspired by the level of commitment from our volunteers. This school year, students received school supplies, uniforms, winter coats, Christmas gifts, holiday trips, Easter treats, a pancake breakfast – gardening day, end-of-school “goody” bags, report card rewards, and so much more. THANK YOU to EVERYONE who provided these gestures of love. YOU have made this year so successful!


Collierville United Methodist Olivet Fellowship First United Methodist Southwest Community College / Danish Exchange Program St. Luke’s United Methodist Germantown United Methodist – Emmaus Sunday school Mumford United Methodist Youth Group Germantown United Methodist – Foundation Sunday School St. Peter’s Catholic Church

THANK YOU for providing a healthy dinner and fellowship each Tuesday!


Reading is the focus for third graders. Sarah Cate, Amanda Joy and Jaymie Salley worked alongside the students to help them master this important skill. Reading is so important for success in school and life. The kids completed their year by performing a puppet show for the first and second grade class. They read their lines with emotion and inflection! We were so proud of their hard work. In addition, the story focused on keeping your word when making a promise. What a blessing!


We finished our year with a big celebration! David Pickett, First UMC member and owner of “A to Z DJ Services,” donated his time for the kids to dance….and dance they did! Teachers, students, volunteers and parents all shared the dance floor. Amy Pearson, FirstWorks Director, encouraged everyone to get on the dance floor and have fun – don’t worry about being “cool.” The night ended with prizes for our gardeners (those that nurtured their herbs and kept them growing through spring). Olivet Fellowship lovingly prepared bags loaded with goodies, designed specifically by age and gender. These kids know they are loved!


FirstWorks @ The Corners wants to keep the momentum going through summer so kids do not lose school skills. “Day Camp” will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., June 25 – July 18. First through eighth graders will enjoy age-appropriate fun and educational activities including field trips and a visit to a local college. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided each day. Contact Amy Pearson (, if you would like to help.







We hope to go to an electronic newsletter in the near future – a more efficient way to communicate and save precious funds. If you would like to be added to our e-mail list, please contact Amy Pearson ( Don’t worry if you do not have e-mail. We will continue to send out the newsletter to those that prefer traditional mail.


 The FirstWorks Board decided we are in good shape to move back to Tuesdays and Thursdays when we resume in the fall. This means we need volunteers and Kitchen Angels for two nights! How exciting! Spread the word so we start strong in the fall!




FirstWorks @ The Corners was awarded a $7,000 grant from the Junior League of Memphis. We are so excited to have this incredible organization involved again at FirstWorks. Along with the financial donation, FirstWorks will also receive 10 volunteers for the 2013-14 school year. Thank you, Junior League! 




The cost for a child to attend FirstWorks Day Camp is $20 for eight weeks – what a deal! We don’t want any child to miss this opportunity if money is an issue. The cost to provide the camp is more than $20 per child, so any donations are appreciated to make this a successful summer.

As always, please pray that this ministry meets the needs of our families and that we continue to do God’s work in the Highland Heights area.

FirstWorks at The Corners – A New Partnership!

23 Oct

Jamie Smily & Shmyhia Thomas

First Works Volunteer Jamie Smiley, left, sits with first grader Shmyhia Thomas, right, during dinner time.

“FirstWorks at The Corners” is excited to begin its new school year this September at Highland Heights United Methodist Church.

This academic-based, after school program enrolls ”at risk” children and youth from zip codes surrounding the corner of Summer and Highland.

The program meets once a week on Tuesday evenings.  Their parents drop the excited children off at the church at 6:00 p.m. as the “Kitchen Angels,” adult volunteers who cook and serve dinner, greet them with warm smiles and open arms.

A nutritious home-cooked meal, fellowship and laughter around the table, is followed by study time in the classroom or computer lab.  Tutors, some of them Memphis City School Teachers, provide guidance, discipline, and assistance with homework assignments and school projects.

Spending quality time with mature adults one-on-one provides these children, many who are categorized as “near homeless,” with role models in not only academics, but also in compassion, etiquette, and teamwork.

In addition to a focus on school work, the program also invites guest speakers for the children to listen to in the areas of career and finance.  The children are treated to special outings on occasional Saturdays.

FirstWorks strives to give these deserving children a chance.  The lessons learned at here help increase their self-worth and encourage their personal best in school, career and life.

Amy Pearson, FirstWorks new Director, is excited about the partnership that has brought the program to the present day.

“The Corners of Highland” has partnered with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Highland Heights United Methodist Church to support this unique 501 c 3 mission program.

Pearson has just completed the first volunteers’ orientation at the church since the merging of these organizations.

This year, FirstWorks has enrolled first grade through middle school students.

To find out more about FirstWorks, to donate, or to volunteer as a “Kitchen Angel” or tutor, please call 901.452.6262 or email

FirstWorks teacher and volunteer orientation

FirstWorks teacher and volunteer orientation was completed Tuesday September 4th at Highland Heights United Methodist Church.
Left to right standing, first row:
Sarah Root, Amanda Joy holding her son, Charlie Joy, Sandi Eley, Peggy Pryor Johnson, Amy Pearson, FirstWorks Director, Fred Morton, Carrie Ann Rohrscheib holding her son, Ellis Brewer
Left to right standing, second row:
Brenda Pryor, Judith Nyabando, Joy Johnson, Bobbie McCarty, Vicki Terry, Wanda Jean Meredith, Marilyn Lee, Rocky Tejoda