MAPE recognized Mississippi’s top school-community partnerships during Governor’s Awards

The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education (MAPE) recognized Mississippi’s top school-community partnerships during the 20th annual Governor’s Awards Virtual Celebration recently. MAPE awarded 24 school-community partnership programs that have produced outstanding results for students in K-12 public schools throughout Mississippi. Award-winning schools, districts, and organizations are located in Brandon, Gulfport, Hancock County, Hattiesburg Jackson, McComb, Pascagoula-Gautier, Starkville, Tupelo, and Vicksburg.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of establishing and maintaining effective community partnerships and its correlation with improved student learning outcomes,” said David Schommer, MAPE president.  “Our 2022 Governor’s Award winners are truly making a difference in their community. They exemplify what can be achieved in Mississippi,  through effective collaboration with community partners. Congratulations to all of our award winners!”

The Governor’s Award selection committee, composed of representatives from business, industry, nonprofits, and education, judged each entry using a uniform set of criteria to measure the overall effectiveness of partnership activities.

With our Governor’s Award Virtual Ceremony, MAPE was honored to award the Education Hero Award to  Dr. John A. Peoples, former president of JSU, for his deep and impactful contribution to education in Mississippi. An interview with Dr. Peoples, filmed by JSU-TV is also included in the Award Ceremony.

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