Mississippi Association of Partners in Education #PartnershipPower
2011 Partnership Excellence Award Amory School District
and Quality Education Foundation
It is amazing to see the impact one person can have on a
community. Nearly 60 years ago Mrs. Etta Beauchamp wanted to help students in
Amory. That that time scholarships and loans were not available for needy
students to attend college so she started a student loan program. After her
death the program was managed by two other women. When they retired, money
remained in the account and they had to decide what to do with the balance. The
decided the money ($5,800) would be placed in the Quality Education Foundation,
a newly formed foundation to aid the school district in funding creative and
innovative teacher projects in grades K-12 in the Amory School District. The
donation planted seed money that has grown many projects in the district.
Quality Education Foundation funding has been available to
teachers in the form of a competitive grant for about six years. Many projects
have made it possible for teachers to provide creative and innovative projects
in their classrooms. Like other partners for our school district, Quality
Education Foundation positioned itself to respond to a wide range of needs in
the district. They have provided books for media centers, art projects, technology
such as computers, robots, science equipment, and much more.
They have funded and participated in “Capturing Kids’
Hearts,” a program to build social skills in students and to provide students
an adult connection at school each day. Many of the projects allow students to
have a hands-on approach to learning and allow them to see how what they are
learning will be necessary in the future.
Since 1997 Quality Education Foundation has given more than
$300,000 to the Amory School District. They have fundraising projects and meet
often with the district staff to discuss the needs of our teachers and
students. This ongoing relationship has enriched educational opportunities for
students in many learning areas. The district has seen individual and corporate
improvements in student performance. The partnership has benefitted both
teachers and students and has focused on direct needs of the district. Without
this support many of the activities would not have been possible.
The commitment of one woman by starting a student loan
program for needy students has blossomed into a program that meets a variety of
needs for students and teachers. Her support encouraged the two other women to
partner and carry forth her vision, and now Amory School District has a foundation
of support. This is a perfect example of how one person can impact a community.
Duration of partnership: 15 years 75+ volunteers Impacts 1,885 students
Activities: Goal of
QEF and district to provide creative, innovative projects to encourage student
learning. Funding provided to teachers in the form of competitive grants ranging
from $1,000-$4,000 each. Since 1997 QEF has given more than $300,000 to the
district to fund special projects, including art, music education, theater,
math, reading, health and fitness, technology and ACT preparation. Also provide
funding for Envirothon program, “Capturing Kids Hearts” program. Science
Carnival held since 2004. CPR and first-aid training, fitness centers
established for district.
Results: QEF funds
15-20 projects annually. Ongoing student academic gains in reading, math,
science and English. More learning materials available in media center. ACT
prep classes helped improve student scores by an average of 3.4 points. Amory
Middle School named one of the top 10 healthiest schools in the nation by
Health Magazine (2008).