Mississippi Association of Partners in Education #PartnershipPower
2016 Partnership Excellence Award
Hawkins Elementary (Hattiesburg Public School District) and Neighbors @ Hawkins (a partnership through Ekklesia Ministries) - Programs to promote tutoring, mentoring, extracurricular activities and career development
Students impacted: 381 Volunteers: 15 Duration of partnership: 8 years
Neighbors @ Hawkins is a community-rooted program created by Ekklesia Hattiesburg Ministries. The program's mission is to help provide a quality education for all students by direct tutoring, volunteering and connecting financial resources to classroom needs. The Neighbors @ Hawkins program also has provided a full-time Program Coordinator to work at Hawkins to coordinate volunteer efforts and partnered with America Reads Mississippi to hire four full-time AmeriCorps tutors.
Activities: • Partnership programs supported by 30 regular volunteers, 15 active student mentors and four active church partnerships. • Small-group after-school tutoring for students • Mentoring, book reading, tutoring, assisting with assignments. • Volunteers help teachers by filing papers, decorating bulletin boards, making copies. • Support for fall festival, school dances, field day, summer camp, honor roll recognition
Impacts: • Decrease in students reading below grade level based on mid-year data. • Several students moved from basic to proficiency range based on NWEA data • Increase in student scores in areas where providers have served: 30 percent of students in third grade advanced on NWEA in Language Arts and Mathematics. • In Language Arts, 22 fourth graders and 14 fifth graders showed significant gains. • In Mathematics, 28 fourth graders and 8 fifth graders showed significant gains.