By Jon Haimes
AmeriCorps Director The school year has begun and the Grenada School District AmeriCorps Program (GSDAP) is proud to serve K-8th grade students within our District and Grenada, Mississippi area. Our twenty-nine AmeriCorps members are dedicated to both the academic and social needs of our students.
Our mission statement is:
“The Grenada School District AmeriCorps Program is dedicated to educational advancements for K-8th grade students within the Grenada School District through small group and one-on-one tutoring and facilitating community development initiatives throughout the Grenada, Mississippi area.”
AmeriCorps members provide tutoring services to students throughout the school day, during school-sponsored after school tutoring programs, and at the Boys and Girls Club. They also serve at the Grenada Food Pantry, the Grenada Soup Kitchen, and reading programs at the Elizabeth Jones Library. AmeriCorps involvement in National Days of Service are designed to strengthen and promote the spirit of service throughout our area. Our members are excited about serving!
Our members are:
Grenada Lower Elementary School (K-1)
Grenada Lower Elementary School (2-3)
Grenada Upper Elementary School (4-5)
Grenada Middle School (6-8)
The GSDAP is a state AmeriCorps program, funded and overseen by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service and provided by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C. Our 2012-2013 service term marks five years of service within the Grenada School District and the Grenada community. This year’s grant award is over $376,500. The positive impact that our AmeriCorps members have in the lives of students is found through data, test scores, and improvement of the students’ lives who have been served.
The spirit of service to others is at the heart of everything we do! In a day and age in which the whole world seems to be growing increasingly busy, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. resound, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” If you are interested in volunteering with the Grenada School District AmeriCorps Program, please call Jon Haimes, Program Director or Pamela Hubbard, Assistnat Program Director at 226-1606 or visit www.servegrenada.com.