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Spann Elementary Scholars Learn New Exercise Moves Thanks to Junior League of Jackson Grant

April 9, 2024 - With individual brand-new yoga mats, scholars at Spann Elementary School learned new exercise moves inside their classrooms on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Second-graders smiled as they twisted and turned while doing poses such as backbends and hamstring stretches.

The midday workout was all thanks to one of several mini-grants by the Junior League of Jackson.

This particular grant, For the Health of It, is designed to develop children's fundamental motor skills, movement concepts, and motor skills. 

The goal was to bring awareness of the value of being physically active, and the ability to display appropriate behaviors and attitudes during activity.  

Spann ES Scholars Learn New Exercise MovesIn partnership with the Community Foundation of Mississippi’s Education Foundation Trust Fund, the Junior League of Jackson awarded a total of $100,000 to fund grants applied for by JPS teachers.

“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 Jackson 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 effective 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 transformational.” We are grateful to the Junior League of Jackson for their tangible support to Jackson Public Schools’ scholars and teachers.”

Since 1990, the Junior League of Jackson’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 Jackson Public Schools and the Community Foundation for Mississippi,” said Kaitlyn Vassar, President of Junior League of Jackson. “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 Jackson 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 Jackson Metro area, including the Public School Mini-Grants program.