JLJ Awards more than $100,000 in Grants to Jackson Public Schools

The Junior League of Jackson will award 22 grants in partnership with the Community Foundation of Mississippi’s Education Foundation Trust Fund for $104,743.71 to 13 Jackson Public Schools on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. The check presentation will take place at Spann Elementary School.  

We are grateful for this partnership with Jackson Public Schools and the Community Foundation for Mississippi,” said Bethany Smith, President of Junior League of Jackson. “These funds will allow teachers to implement creative, innovative projects in their classrooms and will have a direct impact for children in our community the Junior League’s impact areas of early literacy, children’s health, and social development.” 

The Junior League of Jackson’s Public School Mini-Grants project funds teachers in grades K-12 to enhance, enrich, and support the JPS educational curriculum. The grant amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000 each. 

“I am grateful for the Junior League of Jackson’s continued commitment to the scholars and educators of Jackson Public Schools,” said JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene. “Our long-standing partnership with the Junior League of Jackson and the Education Foundation Trust Fund continues to focus on creating awesome learning experiences for scholars, while demonstrating our community’s deep appreciation for our classroom teachers. Ultimately, these funds will help us to ensure that every JPS scholar is prepared to succeed in college and/or the career of their choice.”

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 Greater Jackson began partnering with the League in 2005, and together these organizations have provided more than $1 million in grant funding through the program.  The Community Foundation for Mississippi is thrilled to continue our partnership with the Junior League of Jackson to support teachers and classrooms in Jackson Public Schools, said Jane Alexander, president and CEO of Community Foundation of Mississippi.

The Junior League of Jackson is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The League supports over 30 community projects and initiatives throughout the Jackson Metro area, including the Public School Mini-Grants program.