F.B. Woodley Elementary

It was once said, "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." Mrs. Coretta Scott King’s words never rang more true than they do here at Woodley Elementary School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The cooperative efforts of Woodley’s community partnerships afford our students benefits that are immeasurable. During the 2019-2020 school year, Woodley had the immense pleasure of continuing our sixteen-year relationship with Parkway Heights United Methodist Church. Like an anchor that holds steadfast in a storm, Parkway Heights has endured years of adversity and triumph with Woodley Elementary. Parkway Heights provides amenities that nurture our students and staff academically, spiritually, emotionally, and economically.

Woodley has also had the distinction of partnering with The Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, and Forrest County for the past three years to provide literary enrichment for our extensive EL population. Each semester, The Library, along with Woodley’s EL Teacher, Samantha McSparrin, hosts the “Noche en la Biblioteca” event to encourage families within the community to become or remain engaged with the world around them through books and technology. This event also serves to educate families on all the services and events available to them.

These services include but are not limited to, Spanish copies for adults and children, library tours, refreshments, technology tours, and storytime schedules. Ms. McSparrin and the library work with families to ensure they are well informed and prepared to complete school projects throughout the year. This past year we were proud to begin a partnership with the Hattiesburg Youth Soccer Association. This partnership provided 15 scholarships and uniforms to our students, which allowed them to participate in local matches and tournaments. Being a part of the league helps to foster the feeling of belonging, develops skills required for cooperation and team building, while encouraging the students to be active and healthy. Each of these partnerships is instrumental for the success and overall well-being of the students who attend Woodley Elementary.

Community Partners:
Parkway Heights, The Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, Hattiesburg Youth Soccer Association