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Invitation to Participate

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Alignment Jackson Elementary Committee

Supporting Elementary Schools


Team Vision: All students are empowered and equipped to succeed because they can read, write, problem solve and think critically on grade level.


Description: According to research on how people learn, the process of making sense of the world begins at a very young age. Children begin in preschool years to develop sophisticated understandings (whether accurate or not) of the phenomena around them. The research found that “students come to the classroom with preconceptions about how the world works. If their initial understanding is not engaged, they may fail to grasp the new concepts and information that are taught, or they may learn them for purposes of a test but revert to their preconceptions outside the classroom.”

The Alignment Jackson Elementary School A-Team would like to build on this research and work with community partners to provide opportunities for elementary aged scholars that engages their sophisticated understanding, sparks their interests and puts them on the path to be life long learners.

“Supporting JPS Elementary Schools” is a targeted intervention designed to promote community engagement and help facilitate the process of “building stronger schools together” through leveraging community resources to support elementary schools, their families and students. The Alignment Elementary School A-Team invites you to submit an Invitation To Participate response to support JPS Elementary Schools.

What Do We Want To Do: The objective of the Supporting JPS Elementary Schools’ Invitation to ParticipateTM is to support the following:


Jackson Public Schools Wildly Important Goals:

  1. Increase academic performance and achievement.

  2. Increase average daily attendance for students and teachers.

  3. Attract and retain high quality teachers and administrators.


Alignment Jackson A-Team’s Long-Term Outcomes:

  • Increased high school graduation rates

  • Increased average daily attendance

  • Increased college readiness

  • Increased career readiness


Target Population: All JPS Elementary Schools


Services Needed From the Community:


The following are services needed from the community:


  • Literacy Volunteers (Reading Mate, Tutor Mate, etc.)

  • Opportunities that teach/promote technology e.g., keyboarding skills

  • Health Screenings (Vision, Hearing, Hygiene, etc.)

  • Opportunities that teach/promote Stress Management (Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, etc.)

  • Library card registration drives

  • Opportunities that promote Family Literacy activities/events

  • Tutors

  • Mentors

  • Art Programs

  • Theater Programs

  • Music Programs

  • Other relevant resources and services


ITP Community Meeting Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Release Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016


If you have any questions about this Invitation To Participate or the ITPTM proposal process, please email or contact Anthony Johnson, Executive Director, Alignment Jackson, Anthony@myunitedway.com or (601) 965-1353.

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