JAG Program Receives Walmart Community Grant

JAG Program Receives Walmart Community Grant
Posted on 02/28/2019
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The HSJA JAG (Jobs for Arkansas Graduates) Program has received a $500 Walmart Community Grant to help support 7th-8th grade JAG students in community service endeavors and student initiatives within the district. Thank you to Walmart Store 261, which is the Walmart Supercenter on Central Avenue in Hot Springs. JAG students are working during the spring semester to plan a ceremony for students who have completed the program, and to complete service learning projects in the Hot Springs area at nursing homes, homeless shelters, blood donation centers, and other non-profit organizations. JAG students are also beginning a campaign of reading to elementary classes throughout the HSSD.

“Walmart Community Grants are a wonderful way to supplement any school program that is based on community service and student learning through hands-on initiatives. JAG is a program that allows us to actually weave student service and student projects into our day-to-day curriculum. Our program is changing the lives of these young people every day because of so much community support and involvement. We are very appreciative to Walmart for these funds,” says JAG Specialist Mrs. Stephanie Goodman.

Mrs. Goodman explained that educators must select a category from eight unique options to apply for grants. In this case, she received an “Education Grant,” as funds are specifically being used to achieve educational goals of the JAG program. The JAG Recognition Ceremony provides the same feeling of accomplishment that a graduation ceremony is meant to. She allows students to plan the event, and involves families, in order to create formal recognition of the hard work that students put in to excel in the program. She also will use funds to help with student-led projects. Service Learning Projects are an important piece of the JAG curriculum, and include a requirement to interact with a community organization and complete a project based on a need for a minimum of 10 hours each year. Local organizations to benefit in the past have included: The Caring Place, the Hot springs Red Cross, and Hot Springs YMCA.

Any instructor can apply for a Walmart Community Grant. Learn more, here.

More about JAG:

Arkansas ranks second in the nation for scholarships received by JAG students (over $10 million was received across programs last year).  With personalized skills development facilitated by JAG instructors, and interaction with local businesses and various career options through internships and service learning projects, JAG students receive a non-traditional approach to becoming career ready. Learn more about Jag-Arkansas, here.

JAG is a data-driven initiative. School program applications are approved by an Oversight Board and receive stringent audits to ensure that schools and administrators are held accountable for the project-based curriculum and job placement services that are promised by the program. JAG is known for helping to create very high graduation rates among student participants, with 95% of JAG students receiving high school diplomas. Learn more about the nationwide JAG, Inc. program, here.  

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