AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The first round of grants awarded this year by the Entergy Charitable Foundation supports initiatives in Mississippi that focus on dropout prevention, improving pre-K reading skills and encouraging and recognizing academic excellence for high-school students.
Organizations that are benefiting are the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education, the Mississippi Economic Council, the Public Education Forum of Mississippi and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.
The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education is using its grant award to publicize and explore dropout prevention strategies with educators, administrators, parents and community leaders.
The Mississippi Economic Council’s grant is helping fund “Education Celebration,” an annual event that honors inductees in the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. STAR students must have an ACT score of at least 25 and an overall average of 93 or above in core subjects.
The Public Education Forum of Mississippi’s grant will help fund the Mississippi Scholars initiative, which places trained business people in high-school classrooms to motivate students to complete more rigorous courses of study.
In Hernando, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi will use its grant to fund the Words on Wheels BookWagon, an initiative to improve reading skills for pre-kindergartners.