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Deuce McAllister Joins Program to Announce Huge Donation to JPS

October 30, 2019

Check presentation
Participating in the presentation of a $10,000 check to Jackson Public Schools are (front row from left) Howard Catchings, UnitedHealthcare/Catchings Agency; former NFL player Deuce McAllister; Scott Chapman, UnitedHealthcare; Donald Boyd, Principal, Siwell Middle School; and Thea Faulkner, Director, Partners in Education.

Former Ole Miss and NFL player Deuce McAllister joined UnitedHealthcare and the Dreambuilders Foundation in presenting a gift of $10,000 to Jackson Public Schools. The Office of Partners in Education will use the funds to set up an on-site supply closet at Siwell Middle School and to support uniform distributions to JPS scholars across the District. Siwell's supply closet is filled with school uniforms and personal hygiene items. Siwell parents and students will have access to these essentials throughout the school year.

"We want to say thank you to UnitedHealthcare and the Dreambuilders Foundation," said Thea Faulkner, Director of Partners in Education. "It's our goal to cultivate community partnerships and engagement in support of our scholars and our teachers. I'm delighted to be here today to celebrate the $10,000 donation that UnitedHealthcare has provided to us to assist us in establishing uniform closets in all of our middle schools."

"We recognize that you are the future for us," said Scott Chapman, Account Manager/Director for UnitedHealthcare. "We're proud to be able to donate $10,000 for the uniforms and supplies, so you can kick off this next year with excitement and with pride."

Siwell Principal Donald Boyd led the program that included participation from our favorite 99 Jams personalities Chistiana and Mailman. The pep-rally-style celebration featured performances by the school's band and cheerleaders and presentations by student leaders. McAllister encouraged the Siwell students to work hard, prioritize their school work, listen in class, and obey their teachers and parents to be successful. He also played toss with some of the students before dedicating the new uniform and supply closet.

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