Big River Crossing drew nearly 250,000 in first year, promoters say

October 18th, 2017

Since its opening on a sunny Saturday almost exactly a year ago, the Big River Crossing has welcomed nearly 250,000 visitors who enjoyed after-work jogs, weekend bicycle rides and leisurely strolls on the boardwalk over the Mississippi ... read more »

Big River Crossing marking one year with light show

October 17th, 2017

Big River Crossing will celebrate its one-year anniversary Sunday, and the unique attraction is drawing big crowds to the river in its first year. read more »

Half marathon becomes first footrace across Big River Crossing

October 13th, 2017

The very first competitive running event on the Big River Crossing happens Saturday, October 21 at a half marathon and 5K named for the longest pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River. read more »

The learning power of Peer Power

October 10th, 2017

As a graduate of East High School, I always felt that it was the place where I was called to make a difference in the lives of others. read more »

Want to fix public schools? Help teachers help students

October 10th, 2017

The greatest waste of money in the history of education might have been the money spent trying to teach my generation about the broad cycles of history. read more »

Helping students think and learn, not just pass a test

October 10th, 2017

Seismic change in the Memphis community, technological advancement and global competition have far outpaced what American secondary education provides for students, despite the ongoing efforts of educators, business partners and communities to improve our schools. read more »

By the Numbers: The Big River Crossing road races

September 7th, 2017

It’s a crisp October morning in Downtown Memphis, and 5,000 people are about to take part in the inaugural Big River Crossing road races. read more »

Executive Profile: Dennis Ring with Peer Power Foundation

August 28th, 2017

Dennis Ring was recently hired as development director by the Peer Power Foundation. He and his wife, Dr. Kristen Ring, the new head of Hutchison School, moved to Memphis this ... read more »

Peer Power Hire Takes New Approach to Fundraising

August 22nd, 2017

During a whirlwind tour of Whitehaven and East high schools and meetings with teachers, students and school administrators, Dennis Ring remembers texting his wife: "Dang it. They are doing some really great things here." read more »

Big River Crossing to Hold Half-Marathon, 5K

July 28th, 2017

Big River Crossing will mark its first anniversary this fall with the Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K, benefiting the Peer Power Foundation. read more »

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April L. Jones

During my time with the program, I have had the privilege of working with outstanding individuals and future professionals.  From being involved in the program, my whole perspective of involvement and service oriented learning has grown.  The program can be analogous to wearing contact lenses; imagine that your doctor has given you a prescription to wear corrective lenses.  If you only wore one contact lens, your vision would be foggy and unclear.  Before Peer Power came to many schools, the aspirations and mental pictures of the many were bleak, foggy, and dim.  Yet once the fusion of Peer Power and the Memphis City School systems began, the goals and expectations of students became clearer and more focused in the same way as a great pair of contacts.  I am convinced that this program will continuously reach new pinnacles as fresh ideas and different individuals blend.  I am an eye witness to this each time I meet a new scholar and college mentor.