We work alongside Mississippi Food Network to provide weekend meals to children in need. Every Thursday, we gather food to send home with these students on Friday, to ensure that they have enough to eat until they return to school on Monday. We also provide these students and their siblings with Christmas gifts.
Through our child assistance program, we work with our local schools to provide under-served students new school uniforms. Each student in need receives brand new uniforms and accessories, including socks and underwear. Uniform requests from counselors are filled the exact same day, often within an hour. We also help to keep the uniform closets neat and tidy at our local schools, including laundering used uniforms and returning them to the schools to be used in an emergency.
Cotton District Arts Festival
Starkville JA is the proud sponsor of the CDAF Arts Village. Arts Village is a FREE event at the CDAF which provides children the opportunity to make crafts and learn about creative art techniques. Children are able to take all of their crafts home with them to share with their families after the event.
This project supports young women as they develop leadership and character, and is open to girls in grades 9th-12th with a minimum GPA. The program promotes service to children in our community alongside current JA members through various projects. All members must meet annual requirements to remain in good standing and receive community service hours. Crown Club girls do an annual finance project (Princess Tea Party), and donate proceeds to a local organization, and a scholarship for a senior girl in Crown Club. Follow them on Instagram at @starkvillecrownclub.
Reading Railroad is a free event for area elementary children providing activities and programming to support literacy. We encourage children and parents to sign up for a library card, and help children sign up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. At the event, children make crafts, spend time reading with MSU athletes, have a snack, and are given a book to take home.
Safety Town increases local children’s awareness of safety issues through the use of a miniature safety village and assorted demonstrations for area pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes. Some presentations include water safety, the correct way to wash your hands, fire safety, how to dial 911, etc. We also help record fingerprints for identification purposes if ever needed. The children get to take home a free bicycle helmet. This is our chapter’s oldest running project.
Stuff the Bus
Before the start of each school year, we have a school supply drive to provide brand new school supplies to children in need. These supplies are delivered to all of our local schools, depending on their needs and requests.
Our members visit T.K. Martin monthly to assist teachers in providing enrichment activities for the children who have a physical or learning disability. Throughout the year, we help to provide the center with whatever is currently needed, whether art supplies, new toys, etc. We also help with special holiday parties and graduation in May.