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Junior League of Ӱ Awards $100,000 in Grants to JPS Schools

November 15, 2023

Thea Faulkner and JLJ members with presentation check

JPS Partners In Education Director Thea Faulkner (center) accepts the $100,000 presentation check from Junior League of Ӱ during a celebration for recipient schools held November 7 at Forest Hill High School. Participating in the presentation are (from left) JLJ members Kutenia Good, Candace Gregory, and Carla Lewis; Cynthia Buchanan of the Community Foundation of Mississippi; Faulkner; JLJ President Kaitlyn Vassar and members Mona Arnold-McBride, Pamela Franklin, and Tiffany Crawford.

 

In partnership with the Community Foundation of Mississippi’s Education Foundation Trust Fund, the Junior League of Ӱ awarded $100,000 to fund grants to JPS teachers. The recipients were announced at a celebration held in early November at Forest Hill High School.

The Junior League of Ӱ’s Public School Mini-Grants initiative funds K-12 teacher projects that enhance, enrich, and support the JPS educational curriculum. A total of $100,000 was awarded for the 2023-2024 school year, funding 21 grants. Award amounts ranged from $430 to $10,000.

“These funds provide our teachers with the resources needed to offer unique learning opportunities and experiences for our scholars,” said Thea Faulkner, Director of Partners in Education at Ӱ Public Schools. “From establishing a Fine Arts Sculpture Carving Club, a trip to the World War II Museum in New Orleans, to an in-depth experience for over 700 scholars in our Open Doors program for intellectually gifted scholars to develop affective skills and success skills through an emphasis on etiquette and manners in various business and social settings, to enhance their social development, these opportunities are absolutely transformational.” We are grateful to the Junior League of Ӱ for their tangible support to Ӱ Public Schools’ scholars and teachers.”

Since 1990, the Junior League of Ӱ’s Public School Mini-Grants program has provided funding for detailed projects and equipment for applicant teachers and schools. The Community Foundation of Mississippi began partnering with the League in 2004, and together these organizations have provided more than $2.1 million in grant funding for this initiative.

“We are grateful for this partnership with Ӱ Public Schools and the Community Foundation for Mississippi,” said Kaitlyn Vassar, President of Junior League of Ӱ. “These funds will allow teachers to implement creative, innovative projects in the League’s impact areas of early literacy, children’s health, and social development and have a direct impact on children in our community.”

The Junior League of Ӱ is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training. The League supports over 30 community projects and initiatives throughout the Ӱ Metro area, including the Public School Mini-Grants program.

Funded Grants for 2023-2024

SCHOOL

PROJECT TITLE

AWARD AMOUNT

Boyd Elementary School
Joseph Collins, Principal

Classroom Library Makeover

$4,971.00

Casey Elementary School
Vanessa Hinton-Dean, Principal

Gifted Manners and Etiquette Banquet

$8,520.00

Forest Hill High School
Torrey Hampton, Principal

Dance M.O.V.ES

$3,000.00

Galloway Elementary School
Linda Murray, Principal

Having a Rootin', Tootin', Reading Good Time in Music Class

$9,962.00

Isable Elementary School
Catrina Crawford, Principal

Creating a Healthy Generation

$1,000.00

JPS- Tougaloo Early College Program
Ashley Molden, Principal

Field Trip to National WWII Museum

$4,500.00

Key Elementary School
Elana Tate, Principal

Reading Starts Now

$1,045.00

Lester Elementary School
Sherekia Dixon, Principal

Isable Elementary School
Catrina Crawford, Principals

Look Who's Listening

$4,723.00

Murrah High School
Dr. Alvanette Buchanan, Principal

Recalling our Future

$430.00

Murrah High School
Dr. Alvanette Buchanan, Principal

Engaging the Socio-Academic Community

$1,335.00

Murrah High School
Dr. Alvanette Buchanan, Principal

JXN Young Michelangelo Stone Carvers

$5,000.00

Murrah High School
Dr. Alvanette Buchanan, Principal

Emboldening Students to Inquire, Explore, and Create

$10,000.00

Raines Elementary School
Dina Owens, Principal

Orff Social Emotional Learning Crosswalk

$5,000.00

Spann Elementary School
Lori Torrey, Principal

Exc(EL)ing through Reading

$1,300.00

Spann Elementary School
Lori Torrey, Principal

Make Reading my Superpower: Ready to Read

$2,970.00

Spann Elementary School
Lori Torrey, Principal

For the Health of It!

$3,800.00

Spann Elementary School
Lori Torrey, Principal

The Power of Reading

$5,000.00

Sykes Elementary School
Dr. Kimberly Griggs, Principal

Extra, Extra Write All About It

$4,990.00

Wells APAC
Dr. Kescher Rankin, Principal

World-Class Students Deserve a World-Class Performance

$4,000.00

Wells APAC
Dr. Kescher Rankin, Principal

Gifted Manners and Etiquette Banquet

$8,520.00

Wells APAC
Dr. Kescher Rankin, Principal

The PAW-sitive Impact of Community Service

$9,934.00

GRAND TOTAL

$100,000.00

 

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