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JPS Receives Top Honors in the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education 2022 Governor's Awards

March 4, 2022

PIE Governor's Award
PIE Governor's Award
PIE Governor's Award

The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education (MAPE) announced the 2022 Governor's Awards for Mississippi's top school-community partnerships. Several JPS partnerships will be among those recognized during a virtual ceremony scheduled for Friday, March 31 at 11:30 a.m. 

The innovative projects receiving recognition represent schools and districts across Mississippi. Schools in Mississippi partner with businesses, nonprofits, service clubs, religious organizations, and individuals to make a positive difference for students. The Pandemic Partnership Response Awards recognizes partnerships that address the unique needs arising due to the pandemic. 

The JPS school-community partnerships receiving awards are as follows:


William Carey University School of Education with Jackson Public School District, McComb School District, Meridian School District, Holly Springs School District, Marshall County School District, and Benton County School District. William Carey University's MAT/Alternate Route department has personally reached out to EVERY school district in the state and invited them to form a partnership with the department.



JPS Partners in Education, JPS Central Office Employee Volunteers, Word of Life Church, Park Place Baptist Church, Zion Hill Baptist Church, New Hope Baptist Church, Judge Carlyn Hicks. Partners in Education launched a community effort entitled "JPS Beautification Day: All Hands On Deck" to create a welcoming, aesthetically pleasing environment to provide a visual of support, as well as to assist with classroom supplies in the midst of staff shortages and supply chain challenges, resulting in sparse and more expensive resources.

Lanier High School with LHS National Alumni Association, University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Children's of Mississippi Community Outreach Program, MS State Dept. of Health Dentistry Program, Farish Street Community of Shalom, U Sew Nice, Stanley Weakley and Associates, Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, Lanier High School Health Clinic, Footprint Farms, United Healthcare. The project works to support academic success and to support the development of skill sets that will contribute to the participatory citizenship of all students.



Obama Magnet School (Jackson Public Schools) with Mississippi College School of Law. This partnership provided Helping Hands (general classroom volunteers), assistance with outdoor maintenance, (including school entrance, playground project, outdoor classroom, and student garden) supporting health and wellness needs, and providing various forms of academic support.

Spann Elementary School (Jackson Public Schools) with MS Children’s Museum, First Baptist Jackson, Mangia Bene Inc, Rotary Club of Jackson, Northminster Baptist Church, Bellwether Community Church, Dawson, Inc.- specialty partnership, Congressional Awards Volunteers, Office of the Lt. Governor. The Lovin’ Literacy project ensures that their students not only develop literacy skills but also develop their l-o-v-e for reading.



William Carey University School of Education with Jackson Public School District.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of our community partners," said Thea Faulkner, Director of Partners In Education for JPS. "Jackson Public Schools is blessed to have many organizations and individuals who provide significant contributions of time, expertise, and resources to support our scholars, families, and team members. As they engage with us, our volunteers also gain an appreciation for the value of collaboration and community. Partners in Education extends our sincere appreciation to everyone who partners with us to transform lives through excellent education.”