Junior Auxiliary of Russellville
Community Education Projects
ABC - Words of Affirmation Build Character– JA would come to paint positive quotes and decorate the boy’s and girl’s bathrooms at Crawford Elementary in the months of June or July. JA will supply the paint, supplies, and the work force! Other RSD schools could participate in the following years.
CYCLONE ACHIEVER – JA will assume the responsibility for arranging and hosting a reception for students, parents, faculty and administration at the conclusion of the Cyclone Achiever Awards Program, which is held in April each year at Russellville High School.
FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT – JA in collaboration with Save the Children will host a fun-filled literacy night for Head Start Children and their families. The event will be in the evening and will take place at the preschool, include reading, face painting, a light snack, a craft, and visits by characters such as the Cat in the Hat.
PROJECT LITERACY– All elementary schools have participated in the bookshelf project. This would replace the current project. Junior Auxiliary would have a social media competition. Teachers could win a class set (up to 25) of books. Books would be purchased off of the scholastic website using the $1 book selection.
PROJECT SCHOOL SUPPLIES – JA provides school supplies for students in the Russellville School District (K-5) who do not have the funds for supplies. The supplies are taken from the published school supply list and include backpacks. The students are identified by the school counselors. In addition, we will partner with another agency to include a back to school stuff the bus campaign to help the school district overall with supplies.
REWARD STORE – Children at Oakland, Dwight and Crawford schools (K-4) receive reward money for good behavior, doing homework, good deeds, etc. Every child has an equal chance to earn bucks. This has given the staff a very positive approach to discipline. Items will be collected from chapter members 4 times per year (prior to the end of each nine weeks) for the store in exchange for ½ service hour each time donated. Example items include kid’s meal toys, notepads, pens, puzzles, etc. JA funds will also be provided if necessary to purchase items to supplement this project.
TEACHER ASSISTED GRANTS (TAG) – TAG provides opportunities for teachers in the Russellville School District to apply for grant funding for innovative projects within their classroom that the district cannot fiscally support. These projects allow the teachers to remain innovative in nature and still maintain the requirements placed on them by the state. It also instills a sense of wonder in students as they are able to accomplish projects that otherwise would not have access to. The direct benefit is to the students.