The Jumpstart program is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. The curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Jumpstart has been used at Quitman County Elementary School, beginning fall 2017.
ACT Boot Camp
The Marks Project coordinated a five-hour Prep ACT BOOT CAMP with 39 students at M. S. Palmer on April 5-6, 2018. The school officials and staff were very supportive of the event. Superintendent Evelyn Jossell, Principal Walter Atkins, and teachers, AK Suggs, and Daniel Myrick all helped make the Boot Camp possible
Thanks to Ms. Louise Vigeant, Director of Team 36, for providing the materials developed to help students prepare for the ACT and for helping secure volunteer tutors from Ole Miss. These three fabulous young ladies, Karson Nelson, Hallie Gillam, and Santana Amaker did an amazing job with this large group. Thanks, also, to the Donut Shop in Marks for stretching the food we had ordered for lunch and others who brought extra snacks.
Marks Tutoring Project
The Marks Tutoring project was started last year in 2016 by an AmeriCorps VISTA. This tutoring project was formed through a partnership between the School of Education’s Mississippi Excellence in Teaching program (METP) and Quitman County Middle School to provide tutorial instruction and also college-culture exposure to the students at Quitman County Middle School.
In the spring of 2017, there were a total of 52 students from Quitman County Middle School receiving tutoring. Almost two thirds of the students showed significant growth in English and over half met growth in Math. In 2018, 60 students received tutoring.
Financial Literacy Classes
The Marks Project facilitated this excellent program focusing on how to keep accurate financial records, set financial goals, how to budget, how to save, how to obtain credit, and even how to understand the stock market. Judy Bland is the Coordinador.
Nita and Carolyn, Employees at the Marks Branch of First Security Bank, along with Teacher Ms. Mattie Grimes, are bringing in financial literacy classes to these high school students.