Meet Kayla, Daiza and Edith. They are just a few of the great kids that live in the Heights. All three girls attend Kingsbury Middle School and are currently in the 7th grade.They love their school and the neighborhood, and it is not hard to see why. When you walk into Kingsbury they first thing you notice is all the friendly faces; everyone greets you with a smile and a wave. The second thing that sticks out is the diversity of the student body. There are African-Americans, Caucasians, Hispanic-Americans, and yet these differences don’t seem to matter. In a city like Memphis where race always seems to be an issue finding a place like Kingsbury is rare.
Most of the kids who attend Kingsbury have found a home-away-from-home at Streets Ministries, known simply as Streets. Every day after the final school bell rings they walk next door to visit with their friends, play basketball, soccer or video games, and some even find time to do their homework. Streets prides itself on having an open-door policy where every kid is welcome. The students have the same friendly attitude; they never meet a stranger.
Kayla, Daiza and Edith will welcome you with open arms, tell you all about their classes (the ones they love and the ones they hate) and give you a lesson on the British boy band One Direction if you’re so inclined. These girls, like the rest of their friends, have big plans for their future and their neighborhood. When asked where they want to attend college their answers range from the University of Memphis to the University of Oxford in England. When asked what they want for their neighborhood there is far more agreement. “We need a better park with a better see-saw and a big slide! We need to do something about the litter and the crime. We want our neighborhood to be safe and look nice, like Streets.”
Point taken ladies! Now that we know, its up to us to make it happen.