Help the Children by Being a Resource

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s important to remember that our children are the future. They need our support and guidance to help them focus, perform, and learn. As a community, we have the power to make a difference in their lives. So, let’s come together and be a resource for our children.

One way you can help is by starting with your tribe. Are there parents in your community who are struggling to transport their children to and from school? Offering to help with transportation on some days can make a big difference in their lives. It may seem like a small gesture, but it can have a huge impact on a child’s ability to attend school regularly and be engaged in their education.

Another way to support our children is by creating a home learning environment. Young parents often face challenges in managing their homes while trying to provide a conducive learning environment for their children. If you have any tips or tools that can help them manage their homes more efficiently, share them. Sometimes, a simple suggestion can make a world of difference.

If you have some free time, consider volunteering to read books on air at The Greenwood BeatWFPG or in a local reading program. Reading is a fundamental skill that lays the foundation for a child’s education. By volunteering your time, you can help instill a love for reading and learning in young minds. It’s a rewarding experience that benefits both you and the children.

For those who have a passion for education, consider getting involved with the PTA or PTSA organizations in your local schools. These organizations play a vital role in supporting the needs of students and teachers. By joining them, you can contribute to the improvement of your community’s education system.

Let’s not forget about the importance of sharing information. Many parents may not be aware of the free or low-cost services available in the community that can benefit their children. By sharing this information, you can help parents access the resources they need to support their child’s education. Whether it’s tutoring programs, after-school activities, or mentoring opportunities, every little bit helps.

If you have school-aged children in your family, take a moment to assess if there are any needs that you can assist with. It could be as simple as helping with homework or providing a quiet space for studying. By offering your support, you can make a positive impact on their educational journey.

It’s clear that our school system in Tulsa has been failing for over 30 years. But together, we can start to turn things around. The Greenwood Beat – WFPG is calling on all leaders, college and high school students, church leaders, pastors, retired teachers, and other organizations to volunteer to read online. The reading program is aimed at children aged 0 to 8 years old, and it broadcasts every Saturday from noon Central Standard Time.

The Let’s READ initiative kicked off on January 6th with author and educator Mr. Troy J. Petit Sr. He interviewed with Dr. Angela K. Chambers, CEO of The Greenwood Beat – WFPG, and read from his book, “Hugs of Love, on air. Mr. Pettit shared his passion for writing the book and why it’s important to instill a sense of love and compassion in children. Author Esther Jones has also joined the cause and is working tirelessly to spread the word.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the Let’s READ program, simply email us at read@thegreenwoodbeat.com. Your contribution, no matter how small, can make a significant impact on a child’s life. Together, let’s be a resource for our children and help them thrive in their education.

Esther Jones Volunteers for Let’s READ on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG

Children listened with excitement and anticipation as Esther Jones, an author and volunteer, read “Deep Breaths” by Carol Thompson and “I Love You Since Forever” by Hoda Kotb on Saturday’s segment of Let’s READ. Esther Jones responded to the call for volunteers made by The Greenwood Beat – WFPG, a platform dedicated to promoting literacy among children.

In addition to her volunteer work, Esther Jones is also an author with new children’s books on the way. She is committed to reading and spreading the word about the show, while emphasizing the importance of reading for children.

If you would like to volunteer to read on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG, you can email read@thegreenwoodbeat.com. Authors are encouraged to choose a variety of books suitable for children aged 0 to 8.

Let’s READ began on January 6th with author Mr. Troy J. Petit, Sr. He shared his passion for writing his book, “Hugs of Love,” during an interview with Dr. Angela K. Chambers. Mr. Petit also read a few pages of his book to the listeners and even sang some of his songs, which are available for free with the purchase of his book. “Hugs of Love” is now available on Amazon.

Join Esther Jones and other authors in promoting literacy and the joy of reading on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG. Together, we can inspire a love for books and storytelling in children.

Let’s READ broadcasts on Saturday on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG at 12:00 PM CST.

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Dr. Angela K. Chambers Makes History and Empowers Children Through “Let’s READ” on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG

On June 8, 2023, McAlester native Dr. Angela K. Chambers (Phifer) achieved a significant milestone alongside her business partner, Dr. Francetta L. Mays. Together, they became the first black, women-owned radio station owners in Oklahoma, with their station “The Greenwood Beat – WFPG” located in the historic Greenwood District in Tulsa. This area is renowned as the original Black Wall Street, and Dr. Chambers named the station “The Greenwood Beat” to serve as a voice for Greenwood.

Dr. Chambers had a profound vision to preserve the stories of Greenwood’s ancestors and highlight the resilience of the community since the tragic 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. She wanted these stories to be shared for generations to come. The call letters “WFPG” hold a special meaning as they are the initials of her late grandmother, Wilma Factory Phifer Green, who lived in McAlester for over a century.

On January 6, 2024, Dr. Chambers launched the “Let’s READ” segment on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG. She invited Mr. Troy J. Petit, Sr., an author and educator, to discuss his passion for writing “Hugs of Love” and read a few pages on air. Although Mr. Petit’s book is primarily aimed at children, it contains a valuable lesson about love that resonates with readers of all ages.

During the interview, Dr. Chambers and Mr. Petit emphasized the importance of children feeling loved and the pivotal role reading plays in their development. They highlighted how reading is a foundation for learning and fosters a lifelong love for knowledge. To support this cause, volunteers from across the United States have generously offered their time to read to children on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG.

Dr. Chambers expressed her gratitude for the volunteers while calling for more individuals to step forward. She envisions expanding the program to include one hour of reading each weekday, in addition to the current noon to 3 pm Saturday broadcasts. If you are interested in volunteering, please email read@thegreenwoodbeat.com to request more information and sign up.

During the kick-off of “Let’s READ,” Dr. Chambers reminisced about her grandmother reading to her as a child. She fondly recalled her grandmother’s guidance on enunciating words and adjusting voice pitches and tones while reading. These cherished memories and her grandmother’s influence inspired Dr. Chambers to create a platform that encourages children to explore the joy of reading.

Dr. Chambers, a proud graduate of McAlester High School’s class of 1988, is the daughter of Everett (Honey) and Lois Phifer, both from McAlester, Oklahoma. Her commitment to education and empowering children through literacy shines through her work on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG.

Tune in to The Greenwood Beat – WFPG for 24/7 programming, including old school hits, engaging talk shows, and now, the inspiring “Let’s READ” segment. Dr. Angela K. Chambers and Dr. Francetta L. Mays have not only made history but are also using their platform to make a positive impact on the lives of children and the community.

Mr. Petit’s book, “Hugs of Love” is available here: a.co/d/ebRRcf9

Let’s READ: Promoting the Importance of Reading on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new radio segment, Let’s READ, on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG. Starting today, Saturday, January 6, 2024, from noon to 3 pm CST, Let’s READ aims to promote the significance of reading for establishing a solid foundation.

In our inaugural segment, we are excited to feature an interview with Dr. Angela K. Chambers and Author Mr. Troy J. Petit, Sr. Mr. Petit, who has written the inspiring book “Hugs of Love,” serves as an important role model for the children in Tulsa Public Schools and the wider community of Tulsa. During the interview, Mr. Petit will share his passion for writing and the impact it can have on young minds.

Let’s READ is an initiative that addresses the root causes of academic challenges faced by students in middle school, high school, and later in life. We understand that various factors can contribute to students not performing well in school. However, by fostering a culture of reading and promoting comprehension, we can lay a strong foundation for students to excel.

Let’s READ leverages the power of radio to promote reading and comprehension. We invite volunteers to join us on air and help create a community where reading is a priority. By dedicating your time to reading on the radio, you can make a significant difference in the lives of young learners.

If you are interested in volunteering for Let’s READ, please email us at read@thegreenwoodbeat.com. We would be happy to provide you with more information and guide you through the process. Together, we can foster a love for reading and empower students to reach their full potential.

Don’t forget to tune in every Saturday for Let’s READ on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG. From noon to 3 pm CST, join us as we explore the world of literature, share inspiring stories, and highlight the importance of reading in our community.

Let’s READ is more than just a radio segment; it is a movement to ignite a passion for reading and comprehension. Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to make a positive impact on the lives of young readers. Together, let’s create a community where reading is celebrated and cherished.

The Greenwood Beat – WFPG Gears up for Let’s READ at the Start of the New Year

The Greenwood Beat – WFPG radio station is excited to announce the launch of a new segment called Let’s READ. Starting on Saturday, January 6, 2024, this on-air reading program aims to provide children with the opportunity to develop strong reading foundations.

Amid the recent controversies surrounding TPS and the appointment of the first black female school Superintendent, Dr. Ebony Johnson,  The Greenwood Beat – WFPG decided to take action. Recognizing that many students are missing out on the benefits of being read to, they rallied volunteers to participate in the program and read on air.

The Let’s READ segment will cater to children aged 0 to 8 years old. Volunteers from the community have eagerly signed up to read to these young listeners. The series will kick off with an interview between author Mr. Troy J Petit, Sr., and Dr. Angela K. Chambers, CEO of The Greenwood Beat – WFPG. Mr. Petit, the author of “Little Kings Learn…Hugs of Love,” will share the book’s insights on the importance of love, affection, and kindness in parenting.

Other notable books that will be featured in the Let’s READ segment include works by Dr. Tamecca S. Rogers and co-authors, such as “London Love & Keith Ross.” These engaging stories will captivate young minds and inspire a love for reading.

The Greenwood Beat – WFPG is committed to fostering a love for literature and helping children build solid reading foundations. By bringing this program to the airwaves, they hope to make a positive impact on the lives of young listeners and their families.

Join The Greenwood Beat – WFPG on Saturday, January 6, 2024,  from 12:00 PM CST to 3:00 PM and embark on a journey of imagination, learning, and the joy of reading with Let’s READ. www.thegreenwoodbeat.com.

All books are available on Amazon. Please see links below:

Hugs of Love: Little King Learn  by Troy J. Petit, Sr.

A Promised Deferred: The Massacre of Black Wall Street by Dr. Tamecca S. Rogers and Keith Ross

Who Said You Can Touch My Hair? by Dr. Tamecca S. Rogers, Co-Author: London Love & Keith Ross

The Greenwood Beat – WFPG is set to Kick-off January 6th

The Greenwood Beat -WFPG is thrilled to announce the launch of their new program, Let’s READ! This exciting initiative aims to provide parents with an opportunity to tune into The Greenwood Beat and engage their children in the joy of reading. Through Let’s READ, volunteers from the community will read aloud to children and encourage them to read along.

Dr. Angela K. Chambers, the driving force behind Let’s READ, expressed her enthusiasm for the program. “We have gathered a dedicated group of volunteers who are passionate about making a difference in children’s lives. We are ready to kick off Let’s READ on Saturday, January 6th,” she shared.

The program aims to address the root causes of academic struggles faced by many children. By instilling a love for reading at an early age, Let’s READ hopes to empower children and set them on a path to success. “We believe that by fostering a strong reading habit, we can make a positive impact on our children’s lives and help them overcome challenges,” Dr. Chambers explained.

As the program gears up for its launch, the Greenwood Beat is proud to acknowledge and celebrate the first to volunteer, Mrs. Katina Walker. Known for her influential role in the Tulsa community and her work with CEOs, Mrs. Walker has been trending lately. She is the founder and inspiration behind CEO’s Nights Out and CEO’s Nights Out Meets The Greenwood Beat.

Katina Walker, CEO – CEO’s Night Out/ CEO’s Night Out Meets The Greenwood Beat – WFPG

Photo Credits: Finally Focus MUA: Glammed by Chiku’

 

During Let’s READ, Mrs. Walker will focus on reading books suitable for eight-year-olds. The segment will kick off at noon on January 6th, 2024. Parents and children are encouraged to tune in and join the excitement as Let’s READ takes its first steps toward fostering a love for reading in the community.

For more information or to volunteer to read in the Let’s READ segment, email read@thegreenwoodbeat.com.

Join the NAACP Tulsa Branch in the Fight for Educational Equity

At the NAACP Tulsa Branch, we firmly believe that education is a fundamental pillar of our society. We are dedicated to working alongside the leadership of Tulsa Public Schools to address the challenges that our community faces in providing quality education to all students.

We congratulate Dr. Ebony Johnson on her historic appointment as the first African-American female Superintendent for Tulsa Public Schools. We look forward to collaborating with her and the entire school district to support the children and our community.

Our Education Chair, Dr. Lynette Bell, is a passionate advocate for educational equity. She plays a vital role in bridging the gap between our community and the resources needed to ensure every student has access to a high-quality education.

However, we firmly believe that the responsibility for creating change in our education system cannot solely rest on the shoulders of the school superintendent. It requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including community organizations like ours.

The NAACP Tulsa Branch holds regular monthly meetings where we actively discuss and strategize ways to bring about positive change in our community. We are committed to addressing the gaps and challenges that exist in our education system.

We invite everyone who shares our vision to join us in this important work. Becoming a member of the NAACP Tulsa Branch is a powerful way to contribute to the change we want to see. You can easily become a member by visiting our website at www.naacp.org and selecting Tulsa 6143-B as your branch.

General memberships are priced at $30, and we also offer youth and lifetime memberships. Your membership will help us in our mission to ensure educational equity for all students in Tulsa.

As Dr. Francetta L. Mays, the President of the NAACP Tulsa Branch, aptly puts it, “We are they.” We are the agents of change who can transform our education system and create opportunities for all students.

If you would like to get in touch with us or learn more about our work, please contact us at 6143secretary@naacpunit.org. We welcome your support and involvement in our mission to ensure educational equity for all students in Tulsa.

Join us today and be a part of the change!

Dr. Ebony Johnson Appointed as First African-American Woman Superintendent of Oklahoma’s Largest School District

The Majority have Spoken: Dr. Ebony Johnson, First African-American Woman for Superintendent

Oklahoma’s largest school district has recently named Dr. Ebony Johnson as their Superintendent, marking a historic milestone. With overwhelming support from board members and the public, Dr. Johnson’s appointment is seen as a testament to her exceptional qualifications, experience, and unwavering dedication to the district’s success.

As the very first African-American woman  Superintendent to lead the district, Dr. Johnson brings a fresh perspective and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by students, teachers, and the community at large. Her vision and plan to uplift all students have already started to make a positive impact.

Since assuming the role of Interim Superintendent, Dr. Johnson has fearlessly tackled critical issues within the district, while also navigating the mandates set forth by Ryan Walters, the head of the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Walters has been vocal about his commitment to addressing the specific needs of the Tulsa Public School District, which happens to be Oklahoma’s largest.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Ebony Johnson on this well-deserved appointment. We are confident that her leadership will bring about positive change and create a nurturing environment for students to thrive.

Supporting Dr. Ebony Johnson and the Tulsa Public School District

As Dr. Johnson embarks on this significant journey, it is crucial for the entire community to rally behind her and offer unwavering support. The success of the district ultimately rests on the collective efforts of students, parents, teachers, business owners, community members, and pastors.

Here are a few ways you can actively contribute to the growth and success of the Tulsa Public School District:

1. Volunteer Your Time

Volunteering is an excellent way to make a meaningful impact on the lives of students. Whether it’s assisting in classrooms, organizing extracurricular activities, or providing mentorship, your time and expertise can make a significant difference.

2. Get Involved in the Community

Engaging with the local community allows you to understand the unique challenges and opportunities within the district. Attend school board meetings, join parent-teacher associations, and participate in community events to stay informed and actively contribute to the ongoing dialogue.

3. Support Local Businesses

By supporting local businesses, you not only contribute to the economic growth of the community but also foster a sense of unity and collaboration. Encourage partnerships between schools and local businesses to create valuable learning experiences and opportunities for students.

4. Advocate for Education

Advocacy plays a vital role in shaping education policies and ensuring adequate resources are allocated to schools. Stay informed about educational issues, write to your elected representatives, and participate in advocacy campaigns that champion the needs of students and educators.

Together, we can create a positive and inclusive educational environment that empowers all students to reach their full potential. Dr. Ebony Johnson’s appointment as Superintendent is a significant step towards achieving this vision, and it is up to each of us to actively contribute to the success of the Tulsa Public School District.

Let us stand behind Dr. Johnson and the entire district, offering our support and commitment to the betterment of education in our community. The future of our students depends on it.

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