2018-01-31 / School News

JCM/HS receives 2017 Lowes Toolbox for Education Grant


Jenkins County Middle School/High School has been awarded the 2017 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant in the amount of $4,950. The funds will be used to purchase Chromebooks for the JROTC classroom. Shown during presentation of the grant, from left, first row: Sargent Major Michelle Ward, Trey Badie, Tierra Carter, Tammia Wright and Chase Young; and second row: Michael Milton, Garrett Arms, Ty Evans, and Principal Rob Gray. Not pictured Sargent Major Tyrone Smoot. (Photo contributed) Jenkins County Middle School/High School has been awarded the 2017 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant in the amount of $4,950. The funds will be used to purchase Chromebooks for the JROTC classroom. Shown during presentation of the grant, from left, first row: Sargent Major Michelle Ward, Trey Badie, Tierra Carter, Tammia Wright and Chase Young; and second row: Michael Milton, Garrett Arms, Ty Evans, and Principal Rob Gray. Not pictured Sargent Major Tyrone Smoot. (Photo contributed) One of the Jenkins County School System’s overarching goals for the 2017- 2018 school year is to increase reading comprehension and fluency so that all students in grades K-12 are reading and writing on grade level. Statistics from the Get Georgia Reading Campaign provide a direct correlation between 3rd-grade reading proficiency levels and high school graduation. If students can read at the proficient level by 3rd grade, they can transfer their skills from learning to read to reading to learn, which is the hallmark of change that begins with the 3rd-grade curriculum.

The Jenkins County Middle and High School (JCM/HS) is implementing a protective time for student reading called Drop Everything and Read. This happens Monday-Friday at the beginning of the school day. Chromebooks and digital reading programs have been purchased with federal funds for core content classrooms (Reading, English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies), but these funds could not be used for JROTC so system leaders sought alternative funding sources. Funds of $4,950 from the 2017 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant have been awarded to JCMHS and will provide a set of Chromebooks and a charging cart for the JROTC classroom.

Superintendent Tara Cooper explains, “We applied for the 2017 Lowe’s Toolbox Grant for Education because these funds could help us expand our work beyond core content classes and enable all of our teachers and students to focus on reading in all content areas.”

“For many of our students, JROTC has provided the structure needed to give them a hope for a future out of poverty and into a self-sustaining career that will allow them to earn an income that will support their family and break the cycle of poverty they have fought for generations,” she said.

In addition to the Drop Everything and Read program, having Chromebooks accessible to every student in JROTC classes will provide resources for Cadets to practice for the ASVAB test, to sign up for scholarships, and to prepare their Cadet Portfolio which builds life-skills such as resume writing, leadership building, public speaking, and setting personal goals for each school year.

The Jenkins County School System and the JCMHS JROTC program would like to thank Lowe’s for investing in the academic progress and future success of local students.

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