Mississippi Association of Partners in Education #PartnershipPower
2016 Partnership Excellence Award
Mary Bethune Alternative Center (Hattiesburg Public School District) and Christian Services, Inc., Edwards Street Fellowship Center - Service-learning opportunities for students
Students impacted: 44 Volunteers: 40 Duration of partnership: 3 years
Mary Bethune is an alternative school within the Hattiesburg Public School District committed to providing a safe, structured environment conducive to learning while working to improve student behaviors and academics. Alternative school offers an educational environment where deficiencies are addressed and students can be reintegrated back to their home schools and communities.
Activities: • Service-learning project to feed homeless at Christian Services • Unloading trucks and bagging food items at Edward Street Fellowship Pantry • Donations of food and lawn care for elderly residents • Donation of canned goods to Edwards Street Fellowship Center's food pantry
Impacts: • Develop and hone skills in communication, collaboration, leadership • Develop insights into public service and civic participation • 80% to 90% of students actively engaged in community partnerships • Students averaged 3 to 5 service learning hours monthly