Following an exciting 75th anniversary celebration earlier this year, Junior League of Jackson volunteers have gotten right back to work. In June and July, our Active and Provisional members have been doing their parts to Be the Difference in our community and in the lives of those we serve. Using an Issue Based Community Impact Model, our League seeks to make a sustainable difference by focusing our time and funds on early literacy, children’s health, and the social development of children and youth, all of which improve the high school graduation rate.
In June, our Imagination Celebration team put on a fantastic, educational camp at the Mississippi Children’s Museum for rising third grade students in Jackson Public Schools. Our Language of Art team worked in conjunction with the teachers at Magnolia Speech School to create a memorable, enriching art experience for their students. Using a space theme all week, the students had a great time “blasting off” at their year-end celebration.
In addition to hosting these camps, League volunteers found “constructive” ways to Be the Difference at two different makeovers held in June. First, our Sunshine for Sunnybrook team tackled flooring, painting, and tiling to make one of the Sunnybrook Cottages cheerful, and the addition of a refrigerator and stove made the space more functional. Meanwhile, other volunteers updated security features, landscaped, painted, and redecorated the living space at the PALS Transitional Living Group Home for homeless youth at Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth.
Following a busy June, our volunteers brought the Olympic spirit to two summer camps. At Arts in Motion, our volunteers partnered with Mission First to put on a week-long camp focused on all types of art, including crafts, drama and music. Campers enjoyed five days of creativity and fun, with everything from Olympic-themed snacks to an Olympics ceremony for the campers and their families.
The Olympic spirit also made it to Lake Elementary for JPS Summer Camp. In partnership with Jackson Public Schools, League volunteers provided enrichment activities for JPS students. Classes focused on reading, language arts, math, science and social studies skills to prepare students for the Mississippi Curriculum Tests. Campers also enjoyed art, drama and physical education throughout the week, culminating in a performance for their loved ones at the close of camp. Campers were sent home with a bag full of school supplies for the coming year.
While these Olympic camps were teaching campers to go for the gold in school and in life, Camp Junior Leadership Jumpstart volunteers worked with Education Services Foundation, Get2College, and Operation Shoestring to provide a week-long camp targeting middle school students. Designed to increase middle school students’ awareness of the college admission and financial aid processes, our volunteers emphasize the importance of high school and the development of social skills and personal well-being techniques for long term academic and life success.
From hammers to school supplies and Olympic camps to college tours, our volunteers are Being the Difference in the Jackson community.