Jackson Public Schools understands that community involvement is a vital component for successful schools. JPS values participation from businesses, civic organizations, faith groups, government agencies, and individuals. Partners in Education connects schools with the community through several programs. Below is a list of some of the ways you or your organization can volunteer or contribute to the success of Jackson's schools.
Adopters & Specialty Partners
The Adopt-a-School program offers opportunities for businesses and organizations and their employees to support and encourage a specific school. All activities in a partnership are based on mutual needs and the resources of the school and adopters. Becoming an adopter is a commitment of one year with a plan to be involved in several program areas such as student achievement, student incentives, teacher appreciation, character development, career exploration, school improvements and community services.
Jackson Public Schools works closely with Alignment Jackson as a means to provide equitable support to our scholars, and to ensure that community resources are provided in a manner consistent with our strategic goals and objectives.
JPS has established freshman and Career Academies at each of our high schools, and several of our middle schools, namely Powell, Hardy, Rowan and Siwell. Academy partners are needed to provide support such as internship or opportunities for students and externships for our teachers, speaker’s bureaus and other in-kind and financial donations.
P-16 Community Engagement Council
P-16 stands for Pre-Kindergarten through higher education (or year 16 of education). P-16 Councils are community-based entities that unite a cross-section of the community from early care providers and community members with young children through parents and staff of local school districts to businesses, college representatives, and concerned citizens. The goal is to bring these forces together with the singular purpose of developing the best policy ideas that support the achievement and health of every student.
P-16 Councils are NOT policy-making bodies and have no enforcement authority, but instead, serve as the public voice on what policies could be adopted and/or enforced to help improve education. P-16 Council members serve as liaisons to all facets of the community so that the best ideas can bubble up from within for tackling school’s most pressing challenges. At the same time, P-16 Councils are meant to relay information to the broader public. They should collect data from the local schools to help inform everyone about performance so that success can be celebrated and weaknesses can be addressed early on. The goal of P-16 Councils is not to dilute the authority of districts, but to broaden the pool of good ideas and innovative solutions and to engage communities in the process of supporting their children and schools. Countless studies have shown that the level of family and parent engagement in a child’s education is directly and positively correlated with a child’s achievement and success in school. P-16 Councils are yet another mechanism by which children in Mississippi can benefit from parent and community involvement. Email the Council at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Literacy & Mentoring Programs
We have pursued partnerships that address literacy and lead to the academic growth of our students. Research shows that students who have a mentor are more likely to attend school, participate in clubs or on teams, graduate high school and enroll in college.
- Barbara Bush Teen Trendsetters
- Book Buddies
Recognition & Awards Programs
Sponsorships for annual recognition and awards programs help us to recognize some of the dedicated organizations and institutions who partner with our schools, making a difference for our students and our future.
- Highlight Awards
- Teacher of the Quarter
- Teacher, Administrator, Parent of the Year
How You Can Help
Partners in Education directs donor financial and material contributions to areas where it is most needed. There is an ongoing need for uniforms for elementary and middle school students. Classroom supplies for teachers through the Partners in Education store. This financial support also goes to academic incentives and award for our scholars and teachers.
We need you. Chances are you've got a skill that will help our schools, such as with painting, gardening, and other beautification projects. We also have an ongoing need for individuals and groups with stocking our PIE store and sorting uniforms for distribution.