2018 Started With a March
The 2nd annual Chattanooga Women's March, to be exact!
February Story Hour
In February, we partnered with Starline Books to host a Story Hour in honor of Black History month.
Guest speakers Marcus Patrick Ellsworth and Alexis Newson read the children books pertaining to black history.
Moving Beyond #ThoughtsandPrayers
Later in February, we partnered with Pilgrim Congregational Church to host a round table discussion about gun violence in our schools. This was a direct response to the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida.
We had a panel of several local community members that offered insights and answered questions from the attendees. We later broke out into groups for some brainstorming and thoughtful discussion.
March For Our Lives
We were proud to serve as march marshals for the area student-led March For Our Lives,
which was a response to the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The Blue Bash
In April, we hosted our first Blue Bash at the Barking Legs Theater—a party to introduce our community to
local politicians running for county office positions in 2018. It was a smashing success and a fabulous time all around!
Pride Story Hour
In June, we headed to Starline Books once again for another story hour—this time, we invited two local
LGBTQIA+ teens to read books related to LGBTQIA+ issues.
Blue Bash Redux
We had such a fantastic time at the first Blue Bash that we decided to do it again with the Blue Bash Redux in July!
At the Blue Bash Redux, we introduced attendees to folks running for state office positions in the 2018 election.
MSJ Turns One!
In August, Moms for Social Justice celebrated our first birthday! We threw a big party with snacks,
live music, drinks, and most importantly, the announcement of our 2019 initiative—The Classroom Library Project!
The Magic of Literacy
In October, we held a little event called The Magic of Literacy.
The Magic of Literacy was a Harry Potter-themed event to kick off our Classroom Library Project. MSJ and our incredible team of volunteers transformed the Chattanooga Choo Choo into
the wizarding world of Harry Potter—complete with magical creatures, classes, Butterbeer, and more!
At this event, we gave away over 100 copies of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to area children.
The Classroom Library Project
December brought the installation of the first Classroom Library—and it was amazing!
We, along with an incredible team of dedicated volunteers, went into the ninth grade English classroom of
Ms. Katelyn Dix atThe Howard School and transformed a corner of it into the first (of many!) classroom libraries.
This Classroom Library was just the beginning—we're already in the planning stages for the next library.
Want to help? Click this link to donate money, or click this link to sign up as a volunteer.
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