Founded in Jackson, MS, in 1989, Parents for Public Schools of Jackson (PPSJ) works to bring parents and other concerned citizens together across historic divisions of race, socio-economic status, geography and special interests to actively shape quality education for all children. Their programs advance three primary goals: 1) ensuring quality teaching and learning for all children; 2) teaching parents to act as partners in the education of their children; and 3) engaging the public in active support of public schools.
Students WIth A Goal (SWAG) is comprised of a community of students who get their "swag" from working together on projects such as cultural pluralism, environmental sustainability, civic awareness, justice in education, and healthy citizens. SWAG is promoted as an instrument to advance a "sense of caring" that broadens the definition for the students of what they are within their school and their community. They believe that through "shared experiences", a "shared story" is gained.
Members and non-members are encouraged to attend and bring guests. The cost will be $12 per person ($10 for current, paid members), payable on site by cash or check the day of the program, and includes lunch catered by Broad Street Bakery.
The Mississippi Arts Center is the former Mississippi Museum of Art at Lamar and Pascagoula, next to the Planetarium. We meet on the second floor, which is elevator-accessible. Call 601-960-1500 for more information.