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The Junior League of Jackson and the Community Foundation of Mississippi awarded grants to 10 schools in the Jackson Public School District.

It was a surprise that brightened many faces at Sykes Elementary today. Award winning teachers, administrators, and students received a check for more than $14,000.

More than 75 groups applied for the grants but only a few were chosen. Principal Wanda Clark knows exactly what they want to do with the money.

“This donation means a lot to our scholars. It’s going to help with phonics instruction in the kindergarten and first grade classroom especially as well as technology. It’s gonna help our boys and girls become better readers and better writers and we appreciate all the junior league of Jackson has done for us today.”

Other schools received grants including; Blackburn Middle School, Boyd Elementary, and McWillie Elementary.

Starting this school year, Mississippi public school districts will be able to implement the Algebra nation Program. It is designed to help students perform better in their Algebra 1 course. It has been piloted in 30 school districts over the past two years, and those districts experienced a 7.2 percent increase scores on the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program.

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