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Jim Hill Tiger Cheer Donates 100 Book Bags & School Supplies to Shirley Scholars

August 27, 2021

Jim Hill cheerleaders and Coach Harris boys showing supplies
Jim Hill cheerleaders delivered 100 book bags filled with supplies to Shirley Elementary following a four-day drive held at their school. Shirley scholars eagerly selected their favorite bookbag designs.

On Friday, August 20, Jim Hill High School cheerleaders presented 100 book bags and school supplies to scholars at Shirley Elementary School. Representing the award-winning Jim Hill cheer squad for this philanthropic initiative were Tamika Harris, the head cheer coach and a counselor at Jim Hill, along with cheer captain Mckinley Washington and co-captains Jada Cavett and Gabrielle Lewis.

Before the school year, the Tiger cheerleaders hosted a school supply drive in the West Jackson area. The squad received all of the book bags from four generous local businesses: BQ Stables, LLC, in Clinton; Traveling with T; We Work Hard, LLC; and The Consulting Management Group, LLC (TCMGL). 

Seeking to fill each backpack with supplies, the squad hosted a school-supply drive at Jim Hill during the week before school was to start. A donation box was set up in the front lobby of the school for community donations. When COVID-19 derailed their initial plans to host a large community event to gather more supplies, Tiger cheer booster parents stepped in to provide the remaining supplies, plus some extra. 

Donations of supplies and money from the community and booster club members made it possible to include school supplies in each book bag presented to Shirley Elementary scholars. School supplies included paper, spiral notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, scissors, and glue. 

Jim Hill High School principal, Bobby D. Brown, reached out to sister schools in his feeder pattern. To his credit, the connection was made with Shirley Elementary and the school's principal, Cynthia Veals. Brown desires to make this the beginning of an ongoing partnership between the two schools. 

"This is the first community service project for Tiger Cheer at Shirley, but it will not be the last," said Coach Harris on behalf of Principal Brown while presenting the donation.

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