Friday, July 10, 2015

Jackson Back to School Celebration July 25

Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release:

2015 Back to School Celebration Set for July 25

The 2015 Back to School Celebration, sponsored by the City of Jackson, the United Way of the Capital Area and other community partners, will be held Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jackson Convention Complex. Doors will open at 9:45 a.m.

Jackson students in grades K-8 who complete the additional reading assignment of their choice and turn in their completed reading log will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies. Reading logs can be downloaded at or  School supplies and door prizes will be given on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. 

“The celebration gives us an opportunity to encourage our students and emphasize the importance of education being the key to success in life,” Mayor Tony T. Yarber said. “We’re excited to partner with the community to support Jackson’s youth and spread our message of ‘We need them to make it!’”

This year’s focus is family literacy and the importance of developing strong reading skills.

"This is such an exciting time for students, teachers and parents. We are proud to be a part of this effort to help prepare our students for another school year,” said Carol Burger, President/CEO of United Way of the Capital Area.

Vendors will be on site offering tools and resources students can use during the 2015-2016 academic school year. Information about educational services, after-school programs, athletic programs and health and wellness also will be shared.

Nonprofit organizations, community leaders and volunteers will be on site to encourage and motivate Jackson’s youth.

No purchase necessary. All students 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. School supplies are limited and are available on a first come, first serve bases. The City is encouraging local businesses and organizations that offer services about education, after school programs, athletic programs, and health and wellness to participate by becoming a vendor. For more information, please check the website, or call 601.960.1084.


Anonymous said...

A win-win event considering that the red-ink gulping Convention Center will months from now use the total attendee count from this free event to inflate their bogus downtown Jackson economic impact numbers.

Anonymous said...

Based on the Honorable Mayor's 'spending' of the city's tax dollars, I wonder if he is going to make sure the backpacks are purchased only from a company that has its corporate headquarters in the city limits of our fair city. Probably not, because there is probably not enough quid pro for the quo from backpacks like there is from construction management projects.

Anonymous said...

Mayor's job to see that the water sewer and street systems all work; not to give away " free" school supplies.

Anonymous said...

He is addressing water sewer problems. He's got Mr. Stamps out panhandling the state for a piece of the BP award! Why should Jackson get even a penny. The funds belong to those on the coast. When the city council smells money they get their paws out for a freebie. When they smell sewer, they blame it was somebody else. Just raise taxes and get it over with. It's time to stop begging and studying. You own it, pay for it.

Anonymous said...

7:07, maybe you're right about all of that obey belonging on the coast. I won't argue with you on that.

I'm intrigued by the timing of your concern. For years, people that are (and have been for a long time) in Madison and Yazoo Counties have been making claims for the spill, including retail establishments in Madison.

If you care so much about Jackson getting the money, why weren't you so vocal about Madison County establishments getting BP oil spill money? Do you have a double standard, or are you just not fully educated on the situation? Can you provide a reason why a business (not food or tourism related) should get money while Jackson (closer to the coast than they are) should not?

Anonymous said...

Which retail establishments in Madison and Yazoo counties made BP Spill claims?

Anonymous said...

Mayor made sure that a new Chevy Tahoe was purchased through the PD for him to ride in.

Anonymous said...

8:10- There's no double standard. What business in Madison and Yazoo received payment.

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