AmeriCorps Keeps Students Warm and Motivated
By Pamela Hubbard
AmeriCorps Assistant Director
The Grenada School District AmeriCorps program shared some warmth and good will for the holidays by giving hats, gloves, and socks to students who did not have those basic articles. The nurses and counselors at each school, familiar with the needs of their students, distributed the items. These gifts of warmth were donated by the Dollar General Stores in Grenada.
As a strong supporter of literacy initiatives in communities, Dollar General has supported our AmeriCorps program since the beginning five years ago. They have donated treats, activity books, and items related to some of the reading topics presented by AmeriCorps at the after school reading programs. For instance, Christmas stockings were given as attendance prizes and candy canes were in the goodie bags for the December 11 “Holiday Sharing and Caring” reading program. They have also given small toys and activity books to use as motivation and awards for students who make progress in their reading and math tutoring.
The after school reading programs are presented in partnership with the Elizabeth Jones Library where programs are held. The AmeriCorps program is supported through matching grant funds from the Grenada School District and federal funds administered through the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service in Jackson. We thank them and all other community supporters.