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Volunteers at the Vicksburg Military Park honored through national award

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The National Park Service announced Tuesday that the Vicksburg National Military Park Volunteer Program has been awarded the 2019 George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

The national award is given annually to a park with an outstanding volunteer program. The award recognizes the Vicksburg park’s growing volunteer program.

Among the park programs recognized are the efforts to clean headstones and place flags in the Vicksburg National Cemetery, the park’s volunteer living history program, the annual volunteer cleanup days on Park Day and National Public Lands Day, internships such as the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign’s Winter Residency Program and the Junior Ranger Camps.

The volunteers who make all this possible are individuals, Boy Scouts, members of service clubs, master gardeners, soldiers, employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and ERDC, and AmeriCorps volunteers who do organized projects and earn service hours in the park. Even some of the volunteer coordinators are volunteers.

“The Hartzog Award is one of the most prestigious awards the National Park Service gives” said park Superintendent Bill Justice in a statement. “That’s because it is an award to the community that cares about and for the park, and to the park staff who support those efforts.”

“Our work with the park over the last several years to grow the volunteer program has been enormously successful” said Bess Averett, executive director of Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign. “We feel great pride in that achievement. To have that work and those staff and volunteers recognized with this prestigious national award is amazing. It is so well deserved. We look forward to working with the park to build an even stronger program”

More information about the 2019 Hartzog awards is available at https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/2019-hartzog-awards.htm.

 

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Governor announces two MS Board of Ed appointments

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Gov. Tate Reeves announced two Mississippi State Board of Education appointments Tuesday: Angela Bass from Jackson and Glen East from Gulfport. The appointees reflect the Governor’s commitment to continuous improvement in education.

“Mississippi’s children deserve our steadfast commitment to improving education. We must continue to improve outcomes for these students without fear of upsetting the status quo. I am confident that Angela and Glen will serve with honor and represent the interest of parents, teachers and — most importantly — students. Their achievement has to be our top priority,” Reeves said in a statement.

Dr. Angela Bass served as a Teach for America corps member and studied education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, later becoming a teacher in both the Tunica and Desoto County school districts and an administrator at the KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance.

Mr. Glen East serves as the Superintendent of the Gulfport School District. The district represents 10 schools and approximately 5,800 students. It has been designated an Excellence for All School District.

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Alcorn State University, IRS and USDA partner to provide webinar on Economic Impact Payment 

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Alcorn State University, the Internal Revenue Service and the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement have partnered to provide a webinar on the upcoming Economic Impact Payment.

During this Zoom meeting, participants will discuss strategies to help eligible Mississippi residents get their Economic Impact Stimulus payments. Individuals who were excluded from automatic delivery of payments must sign up by Oct. 15 to get their stimulus check this year.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST) via Zoom.

Register for the meeting online.
Zoom Webinar ID: 851 3831 6826
Passcode: 185598

Register by phone at 408-638-0968 | Code: 85138316826# or
646-876-9923 | Code: 85138316826#

For more information, contact Jacqueline A. Davis-Slay, deputy director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, United States Department of Agriculture, 202-720-2032

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Seven VWSD students selected for state Student Advisory Council

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Seven students from the Vicksburg Warren School District have been selected to serve on the Mississippi Department of Education Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.

  • Mary Katherine Archer – River City Early College
  • Riddhi Patel – River City Early College
  • Marquasia Smith – Vicksburg High School
  • Bobbie Sorrels – Vicksburg High School
  • Gregory Taylor – Vicksburg High School
  • Garrett Lee – Warren Central High School
  • Teyanna Monroe – Warren Central High School

The council includes students in grades 11 and 12 or in their first year of college to serve as members for a term of two school years.

More than 300 students from across the state applied for membership on the council and 163 were selected. They will join the more than 70 students who were selected in 2019.

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