Jackson Elementary School Day of Reading
Several FedEx volunteers helped celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with Read Across America day at Jackson Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2 – Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904. He died Sept. 24, 1991, at age 87.
Last year the Hispanic American Network (HAN) partnered with Jackson Elementary School. This school not only stands out for its accomplishments (one of only six outstanding public schools nominated from Tennessee for the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools award), but also for its truly diverse group of students. All 358 students at Jackson Elementary are eligible for free/reduced-priced meals with demographics of 70% Hispanic, 24% African American, and 6% other. The philosophical approach at Jackson Elementary is to ensure that the social, intellectual, physical, and emotional growth of every child is supported in literacy, numeracy, social sciences, and technology. This ideology provides students with an opportunity to develop life skills so that they will become productive citizens. In addition, their goal is to comply with the school district’s strategic plan, Destination 2025, which is designed to guarantee that students are college or career ready by year 2025.
The FedEx Cares volunteers plan to visit this terrific school again on Career Day in May.