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Jackson Promise Zone set to relinquish Promise Zone Designation - June 2015

The culture and conversation around the importance of education in Jackson has been evolving and changing in the right direction. The grass roots efforts of the Cradle to Career (C2C) network has helped to ensure our community more so than ever is committed to the success of our students. Though this shift we as a community have worked collectively to understand and evaluate our pipeline for students and where we need to shore up our resources. We have learned from our past and are making headway in so many areas and sometimes not always in the form we expected or that was put in place. To ensure success, change and realignment is sometimes necessary.

In April 2009, the Michigan Department of Treasury approved the Jackson Public School District's application to become a Promise Zone. . The purpose of a Promise Zone was to support local efforts to promise a college education to K-12 students who reside within the zone (Jackson Public School District). These funds would be available after all other student aid has been exhausted.

An Authority Board, representing the Jackson community was formed and a Promise Zone Coordinator was hired in 2010 to begin the 2.1 million dollar campaign to raise funds to fulfill the Promise. Each Promise Zone was required to be self-sufficient for the first two years. After the second year of distributing privately funded scholarships, a certified Promise Zone can then capture one-half of the growth in the state education tax to be used for a two-year associate's degree or up to a four-year degree for resident students.

After a diligent four year effort the Jackson Promise has not been able to reach its fundraising goal and the possibility of raising 2.1 million dollars is not considered feasible. The Jackson Promise Zone Authority Board announces its approval to relinquish its Promise Zone designation awarded to the Jackson Public Schools.

To date $63,000 has been raised and will be distributed to the five eligible schools (Jackson High, Lumen Christi, Jackson Christian, TA Wilson, and da Vinci) on a per capita basis to be used for scholarships. Each school will determine eligibility requirements. This distribution will take place in July of 2015. The Jackson Promise Zone will sunset in June of 2015.

The Jackson Promise Zone initiated the successful Promise Bowl community wide event. The Jackson Public School District and Lumen Christi are pleased to announce that the game will still take place this year. The new name will be The Community Bowl and is scheduled for Friday, October 24th. All proceeds from sponsorships will be split between Jackson High and Lumen Christi for Post-Secondary scholarships that will distributed in the current year. ALRO Steel has generously committed to be the Title Sponsor for the 2014 Community Bowl and donated $25, 000. Sponsorships for the Community Bowl are now available and both schools look forward to the continued support of the community.

FOR MORE INFORMATION call Kriss Giannetti – Jackson Public Schools Community Outreach Coordinator 517-841-2148- kgiannet@jpsamail.org


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