Organization advocates for local schools

By: 
CHARLIE BENTON
Staff Writer

A local organization is committed to ensuring students in Starkville and Oktibbeha County have the very best public schools possible.

The Starkville Parents for Public Schools organization hosted its Tailgates and Touchdowns event for the third year, prior to the Starkville High School Yellow Jackets’ first football game of the season. The event had each school in the district setting up a tent to provide food and festivities to the community. Throughout the year, the organization advocates for public schools in the area, so every child can receive the best education possible.

“The mission is literally exactly as it sounds, parents in local communities supporting public schools, and really recognizing how successful public schools support thriving communities and how public schools provide an educational opportunity for students in the entire county,” said Starkville Parents for Public Schools President Jenn Gregory.

Gregory said Tailgates and Touchdowns was first initiated to foster unity in the wake of consolidation.

“The event was really successful the first year, so the following year, Dr. Peasant came on board as superintendent, and we decided that sort of in honor of that, we wanted to expand the event, so we invited all of the PTO chapters to come and set up a tent and participate in the fun, and that’s when we decided to host the superintendent’s tent and have a larger, more inclusive tailgating event.”

Gregory said much of the chapter’s current advocacy focused on making sure consolidation remained successful.

”We promote public schools in ways that the district sometimes can’t, and we really are there to provide a support network for the school district,” Gregory said. “Our main mission has been to support a successful consolidation over the last five years. We were very involved with the consolidation when the legislation was first entered and through the first consolidation process.”

Gregory, a former Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO, emphasized the importance of the community being involved in the district, and of education as an economic development driver.
Parents interested in becoming involved in the organization can email Gregory at jenniferggregory@gmail.com, or contact the district.

“We would love to have their support and their involvement in our organization,” Gregory said.

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