Partnership awards for 2019 were presented by MAPE President Dr. Leslie Griffin.
Every year MAPE recognizes the state's top partnership programs during the Governor's Awards luncheon. On this page, you can learn about award-winning programs making a positive impact in schools and communities across the state. Whether you're interested in launching a new partnership or in finding new ideas to energize an established program, Partnership Spotlight is a perfect place to start. Check back often as MAPE continues to update this page with more great partnership ideas -- and please contribute your own partnership success stories to MSPartnersInEd@gmail.com.
2019 Partnership Award Winners
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Pelahatchie High School (Rankin County School District) with Multicraft International – Multicraft Academy job-training certification and internship program
Blackburn, Hardy and Powell middle schools (JPS) with Juanita Sims Doty Foundation and Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute - Ambassadors of the Evers Academy for African-American Males (A-TEAAM) character and leadership development mentoring program
Rankin Elementary School (Tupelo Public School District) with West Jackson Street Baptist Church - Teacher and student support to enhance overall school performance
Spann Elementary School (JPS) and 99 JAMS radio station, Jackson Federation of Teachers, Junior League of Jackson, Bellwether Church, Jackson Rotary Club, Northminster Baptist Church and Raising Cane’s #30 – “Keys to Success” program to address language, math and technical challenges and improve student achievement
Hawkins Elementary (Hattiesburg) with Ekklesia Ministries – “Neighbors @ Hawkins” tutoring, mentoring and career-readiness programs
North Jackson Elementary (JPS) with Pepsi/Brown Bottling Group - Programs to support reading and math proficiency, honor roll achievement, attendance and citizenship
Spann Elementary (JPS) with Comcast, Junior League of Jackson, Bellwether Church, Jackson Rotary Club, Northminster Baptist and Raising Cane’s #30 (Ridgeland) - "Project #RiseUp" to improve technology and literacy resources
N.R. Burger Middle School (Hattiesburg) and multiple community partners – “Power Partners” collaborative to promote academic proficiency and social responsibility.
“Good Food for Oxford Schools” healthy nutrition program - Oxford School District with FoodCorps (an AmeriCorps program), Chicory Market, United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County, the University of Mississippi, LOU Reads, Boys & Girls Club, Leap Frog, Local fitness instructors, local artists, local farmers
Pascagoula-Gautier School District with PREPS, Howard Technologies, Curriculum Associates, School Status, Camcor, EverFi, Canvas, 5 Points - Tech Camp for Teachers to provide free training on instructional technology and technology implementation for Mississippi school districts.
Pelahatchie High School (RCSD) with Multicraft International – “Multicraft Academy” two-year manufacturing course curriculum for high-school students
Puckett High School (RCSD) with multiple community partners – Gardens of Puckett school and community beautification initiative
Tenn-Tom Waterway with 61 schools in Clay, Itawamba, Lowndes, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Prentiss, and Tishomingo counties – “Tenn-Tom Educational Outreach Program” to provide teacher training, hands-on lesson plans and resources to enhance STEM instruction for schools bordering the waterway
Vicksburg Warren School District with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center, Alcorn State University and Jackson State University – Vivian Burey Marshall Academy STEM Pilot Initiative to increase participation of underrepresented and often under-resourced students in STEM fields
Woodward Hines Education Foundation Get2College Program with College Countdown MS - Pilot initiative to implement best practices for creating a college culture in eight high schools: Bruce High School (Calhoun County SD), Lake Cormorant High School (DeSoto County SD), St. Martin High School (Jackson County SD), Moss Point Career and Technical Center (Moss Point SD), Pelahatchie Attendance Center (RCSD), Taylorsville High School (Smith County SD), O’Bannon High School and Riverside High School (Western Line SD)
Partnership Excellence Awards
Harrison County School District with Hancock & Whitney Bank – Career fairs, financial literacy programs, academic support, grant to replace electronic equipment destroyed by vandals at West Wortham Elementary & Middle School
Lillie Burney STEAM Academy (HPSD) with Retired Educators Association, Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg, Families First for Mississippi and Economy Supply – Community partnership programs to improve student attendance and behavior
Hattiesburg High School with Venue Church - Donations of school supplies, uniforms and meals; volunteer hall monitors to support state testing; inspirational advisors to support football team's undefeated season
Governor's Award of Distinction: Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (Jackson Public Schools) with APAC A3, Power APAC PTA, Barksdale Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, McRae Foundation, Junior League of Jackson, Regions Bank and Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi - "Kids in Motion - Minds in Motion" sustainable playground project for grades 4-12
Highland Elementary (Madison County School District) with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, City of Ridgeland, Ridgeland Police Department, Ridgeland Fire Department, Indian Cycle and Fitness, CYCLE Kids, Highland Elementary PTO, Barnett’s Body Shop and Automotive Color - Fitness, nutrition and wellness programs
CREATE Foundation and 72 Northeast Mississippi middle schools with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Wellspring Education Enhancement Fund Advisory Committee, Community Development Foundation, Three Rivers Planning and Development District and numerous additional partners - Imagine the Possibilities Career Expo
Puckett High School (Rankin County School District) with TempStaff, People’s Bank, Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Keep the Rez Beautiful, the Town of Puckett and numerous additional partners - "Gardens of Puckett" school and community beautification initiative
PACES Project and Kemper County High School with numerous community partners - Parents and Community Equals Educational Success (PACES) to encourage high-school graduates to pursue higher education and career training opportunities
McComb School District with Trustmark National Bank, First Bank, Graphics Etc., Farm Bureau of Pike County, McComb Coca-Cola Bottling Company and numerous additional partners - Educational and enrichment opportunities to improve student achievement, self-esteem, and career readiness
2016 Partnership Award Winners Click links for details about these partnership programs.
George Elementary(Jackson Public Schools) and Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Fondren Presbyterian Church, Word of Life Outreach Ministries - Increased community interaction to improve academic performance
Spann Elementary(Jackson Public Schools) and Mississippi Children's Museum, Raising Cane's - Providing museum learning activities and literacy experiences to increase student achievement
Thames Elementary (Hattiesburg Public School District) and The Arc Southeast Mississippi, University Baptist Church - Creating a positive learning environment with a focus on individuals with disabilities
N.R. Burger Middle School(Hattiesburg Public School District) and Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Club, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, National Pan-Hellenic Council, West Point Baptist Church, Ain’t Life Grand Investments, Golden Corral - Programs to improve student behavior, academic achievement and attendance
Heidelberg High School(East Jasper School District) and Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency - Programs to train and certify students for emergency planning and response and disaster relief and recovery
Grenada School Districtand The Bower Foundation, Mississippi Department of Education - Expansion of the Move to Learn physical activity program for PreK-6 classrooms
Jackson Public Schools and Jackson Council PTA, local barbershops, City of Jackson, National PTA, Parents for Public Schools of Jackson, United Way of the Capital Area, Jackson Association of Educators, JPS Watch DOGS (Dads Of Great Students) - "Books in the Barbershop" literacy initiative.Winner - 2016 People's Choice Award
Pass Christian Middle Schooland Pass Christian Historical Society, Trinity Episcopal Church, Live Oak Cemetery Association - "Living History Tours of Live Oak Cemetery" community-based civic project led by 6th graders in Journey gifted program
Partnership Excellence Awards
Hawkins Elementary(Hattiesburg Public School District) and Neighbors @ Hawkins (a partnership through Ekklesia Ministries) - Programs to promote tutoring, mentoring, extracurricular activities and career development
Puckett Elementary(Rankin County School District) and Puckett Methodist Church, Puckett Baptist Church, Puckett Volunteer Fire Department, Head Start, Peoples Bank, Lacey Tollison’s Dance Studio, parent and community volunteers - Improving academic achievement through increased community and parental engagement
Hattiesburg High Schooland William Carey University - Increasing student achievement and college readiness skills for graduation
Northwest Rankin High Schooland Flowood Chamber of Commerce, numerous community business representatives - Programs to increase college and career readiness.
Hinds County School Districtand BankPlus, Members Exchange Credit Union, Bankcorp South - Programs to lower dropout rates, increase graduation rates and improve parental and community involvement
McComb School Districtand the Town of Summit, City of McComb - “Next-Generation Ready" strategic plan to develop student-centered learning school model
Pascagoula-Gautier School Districtand Jerry Lee’s Grocery Store, Pascagoula Walmart, Kiwanis Club of Pascagoula, Gautier Rotary Club, local child care facilities and local businesses - Campaign to raise community awareness of the “Third Grade Reading Gate" to improve student test performance
Earl Travillion Attendance Center(Forrest County School District) and PineBelt360, William Carey University, Impact Education, School Status, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity - Programs to promote student mentoring and tutoring, leadership and professional development, and school beautification
Mary Bethune Alternative Center(Hattiesburg Public School District) and Christian Services, Inc., Edwards Street Fellowship Center - Service-learning opportunities for students
2015 Partnership Award Winners
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University/College Partnership Award: Jones County Junior College and multiple community partners - Bobcat Math League to boost student interest in math. Partners: Joe Frank Sanderson (CEO of Sanderson Farms), Sanderson Farms, the Chisholm Foundation, the EDA of Jones County, Howard Computers, Mississippi Power Company, Sandra Wright-Magnolia Realtors, Domino’s Pizza, Corner Market, Wal-Mart, Alexander’s Hardware, Magnolia Bank, First State Bank, Community Bank, Trustmark Bank, Jefferson Medical, Foil-Wyatt Architects
Gulfport High School and Education Services Foundation’s Get2College Center - Program to increase college-attendance rates
Mary Bethune Alternative Center(Hattiesburg) and Trinity Episcopal Church, Habitat for Humanity, Christian Services and Edward Street Food Pantry - Student service-learning program
Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport:These three school districts partnered to lead the formation of the statewide Mississippi Common Core LinkedIn Group
Poindexter Elementary(Jackson) and the City of Jackson, WLBT, Word of Life Church, Minority Contractors Association of Mississippi, Ashley Ogden & Associates, Redeemed Christian Center, T. C. Almore Lodge, St. Mark's Episcopal Church - Reading and literacy improvement
Lamar County School Districtand multiple community partners - Lamar County Drug Task Force. Partners: Dr. Ben Burnett, Superintendent of LCSD; Chief Steve Rosser, LCSD Director of Public Safety; Danny Sumrall, Principal of Sumrall Elementary; Dr. Linda Vasquez, Dream of Hattiesburg; Latressa Young, LCSD; John Harless, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics; Marshae McNeal, Pine Belt Mental Health; Bryan Stewart, Principal at LCSD Alternative School; Kyle Birdwell, DREAM of Hattiesburg; Sheriff Danny Rigel, Lamar County Sheriff’s Department; and Brad Weathers, Lamar County Sheriff’s Department
Lockard Elementary School (Indianola) and multiple community partners - Children Are Reaching Excellence with Support (CARES) Mentoring Program. Partners: Delta Health Alliance/Indianola Promise Community, Sunflower County Retired Teachers Association, Southern Echo, Sunflower County Ministerial Alliance, Double Quik, Super Value, Planters Bank, Rasberry Men’s Club, National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, and Queen City Furniture
N.R. Burger Middle School(Hattiesburg) and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, University of Southern Mississippi, IMAGE (Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education) - "I Am, I Care" student motivation campaign
Poindexter Elementaryand the City of Jackson, WLBT, Antonelli College, Word of Life Church, Minority Contractors Association of Mississippi, Ashley Ogden & Associates, Redeemed Christian Center, T. C. Almore Lodge, St. Mark's Episcopal Church - Reading and literacy improvement
Clinton School District and The Bower Foundation and Mississippi Department of Education - "Move to Learn" fitness program
George Elementary and Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Fondren Presbyterian Church - Increased community interaction to improve academic performance
Hattiesburg High School and Antonelli College, University of Southern Mississippi, Jackson State University, Alcorn State University, Delta Sigma Theta, Pine Belt Mental Health, Hattiesburg Arts Council, Dorsette Cadillac, CiCi’s Pizza, Bops, Coke, The First Bank, Shipley, David’s Bridal, Men’s Warehouse, and the City of Hattiesburg - Senior Class Extravaganza
Jackson County School District and Vocational Rehabilitation, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and many others - Outcome-oriented student transition program
Jackson Public Schools and United Way, Jackson Hinds Library Systems, City of Jackson, Lemuria Book Store JPS Curriculum, Media Relations, and Partners in Education departments - "One Jackson Many Readers" literacy program
Pass Road Elementary – The Nourishing Place, Cleve Allen and Gail Cotton Scholarship, United Way - Tutoring programs and nurturing support for staff, students and community
Watkins Elementary and Allen’s Recycling, Mississippi Recycling Coalition, Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Southern Farm Bureau, Home Depot, Fleet Feet of Jackson, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Watkins PTA, Jackson Public School District, Hobbs Masonry, Creative Mind Construction, Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, Executive Women International, Entergy - Recycling and environmental awareness program
Woodley Elementary and Parkway Heights United Methodist Church - "Beyond the Lunch Table" program and other initiatives
2012 Partnership Award Winners Click on links for details about these partnership programs.
University Partnership Award - Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet and Mississippi University for Women, College of Education and Human Sciences
Governor’s Award of Distinction - Watkins Elementary and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, Jackson State University, Southern Farm Bureau and Others
2010 Partnership Award Winners See summaries of these award-winning programs in the PDF at right.
GREENVILLE – Stern Enhancement School and St. Joseph High School
PASCAGOULA – Pascagoula School District and Backpack Buddies
JACKSON – Jackson Public School District and Ask for More Arts
Partnership Excellence Awards HATTIESBURG- Hattiesburg Public School District, Hattiesburg Housing Authority, Local Parents - Hattiesburg Public Schools Dropout Prevention Summit RIDGELAND– Highland Elementary and Mississippi Department of Transportation NATCHEZ– West Primary School and Multiple Community Partners
2009 Partnership Award Winners See summaries of these award-winning programs in the PDF at right. Governor’s Awards JACKSON– Watkins Elementary School Playground Project; Rowan Middle School “I Too Can Fly” program; Wingfield High School and Entergy Mississippi, Inc.; Jackson Public Schools’ Transformation Jackson Shine ’09 MOSS POINT– Moss Point School District and Moss Point Visionary Circle, Inc. PASCAGOULA – Pascagoula School District’s Family Interactive Center
Partnership Excellence Awards JACKSON– George Elementary School and Fondren Presbyterian Church, Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and Battlefield Neighborhood Association; Jackson Public Schools’ Developing Community Partnerships initiative TUPELO– Thomas Street Elementary and Mississippi Department of Transportation