Did you know that approximately 250 Jackson Public School students do not have their 9th Grade Academy laptops? Each student must make a $40 deposit to secure a laptop for use in the classroom and at home. 10 percent of our 2,400 9th graders have not been able to take full advantage of this learning initiative due to the fee.
PPSJ is asking for the community’s help. Regardless of the circumstances, these students cannot be left out. Several donors have already stepped up, including the Lanier Alumni, partners and PPSJ, and ensured that Lanier High would have all remaining fees paid. We are now urging other partners and individuals to support. PPSJ will collect funds in our office or online. Donors can request that funds go to a specific school or into the general laptop deposit fund. (See chart below for number each school currently needs.) We are asking that all donations be received by February 15.
PPSJ adopted the philosophy of Ubuntu, “I am because we are.” Concern for one another, not just ourselves and our families, is necessary to improve the quality of life for all of us, starting with a focus on our children.
Having a laptop both in the classroom and at home can mean the difference between academic failure and success. We must not allow a resource gap to turn into an opportunity gap for Jackson’s children. In the true spirit of Ubuntu, we urge you to help ALL JPS students have the same chance to succeed.
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Parents for Public Schools Jackson has adopted a philosophy from southern Africa called Ubuntu. At its core, Ubuntu is best described as “I am because we are.” While we are all individuals in our gifts and personalities, we are all connected to something bigger — humanity.
Concern for one another, not just ourselves and our families, is necessary to improve the quality of life for all of us, starting with a focus on our children.
We work to engage and build the capacity of parents to advocate for and affect change in public schools and school systems. We work toward quality, equitable education for ALL children. Our programs and activities advance three primary goals including:
Parents for Public Schools of Jackson brings together people of all races, classes and geographies to improve public education in Jackson. We’ve worked for over twenty years in the belief that the community and schools are forever intertwined. From that belief, we’ve created programs that support public education through community engagement. You can get involved whether you’re a parent, member of the community or already working in our public schools. Everyone has something valuable to offer to better our community and improve the lives of all children.
PPSJ relies on generous contributions to continue our work. You can be an advocate for quality education for all children by giving a donation of any amount to support PPSJ. It’s a simple but meaningful way to get involved in strengthening Mississippi’s second largest and only urban school district.
When you give, you make an impact that positively affects our whole community. It is only by coming together in support of one another that we can succeed.
No amount is too small to make a difference!
Everyone can do something to take an active part in working for better public education in Jackson. We value your time, energy and talents. Every effort, big and small, makes an impact in bettering our community and the lives of our children.
Quality, equitable education is made possible when we come together and actively work for positive change. It all starts with getting involved.
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