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8/28/2014 1:48:00 PM
Rhythm & Ribs to benefit Kids at Hope program

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

"All Children are capable of success. No exceptions!" That is the organizational message of Kids at Hope, the educational philosophy meant to reverse the harm and self-fulfilling prophecy of identifying Kids at Risk.

That is also a message now heard in the halls of Mingus Union High School and rapidly spreading like an opened fan.

Rick Miller, author of Youth Development From the Trenches, built a training program based on the philosophy that was inspired by the life of Antwone Fisher. Now the story of Antwone Fisher is a film of the same name, directed by Denzel Washington.

Kids at Hope is also one of the charities that will benefit from Rhythm and Ribs Music and Barbeque Festival. And Rick Miller and Antwone Fisher will be on hand Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. (Both will make a presentation at the high school from 3:30 until 5 p.m. to sign autographs and support Kids at Hope).

The second charity is the Boot Campaign, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to Cultivating Awareness, Promoting Patriotism, and Providing Assistance to military personnel, past and present, and their families.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 8, 2014
Article comment by: Skip It

Kids At Hope...just more semantics to get more charity money, more Fed money (isn't MUHS now a Title I school to get more money?) Does all the money raised at this event go to MUHS, or C-OCSD? We'd be better off just donating to the districts themselves.
Why can't we just treat kids as kids? We need skilled workers..plumbers, welders, auto tech, medical workers. We need college educated for a career kids like doctors, engineers, accountants and teachers. Get rid of the labels. Get rid of the political charities. Teach to the child's ability. We aren't all Einstein.

As to the Boot Campaign, no business here either. I thought Rhythm & Ribs was a local celebration charging only enough to cover the City expenses with vendors charging for their wares. Guess I was totally wrong.
Couldn't go this year, but now I'm thinking about purposely skipping it next year for a truly local event.

Posted: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Article comment by: uncommon sense uncommon sence

To much hype and political mumbo jumbo.
I'll stick with the Bikers.

Posted: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Article comment by: Kim Grill

This years event was the most agresious event to be called a fund-raiser of any in this area. The rip-off charged at the door...the fact that only 4 of the 20 bar-b-que vendors were actually displaying the fact that only 12 of the listed 30 beer vendor showed up. It was a disaster. Not to mention that people were charged whatever the people at he gate chose, no consistency. A total fiasco. Two years I have come, never again - and will tell all my friend such.

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