Parents for Public Schools

of Jackson

Get Involved with PPS Jackson

Help Our Community Move Forward

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.

Ways to Get Involved

Learn how we engage communities:

Laptops for JPS Students

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.


I am because we are

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.


Mission

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:

  • teaching parents how to become partners in the education of their children;
  • ensuring quality teaching and learning for all children;
  • engaging the public in active support of educating all children.