Lanier High School (2022)

Lanier High School (Jackson Public Schools) with LHS National Alumni Association, University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Children's of Mississippi Community Outreach Program, MS State Dept. of Health Dentistry Program, Farish Street Community of Shalom, U Sew Nice, Stanley Weakley and Associates, Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, Lanier High School Health Clinic, Footprint Farms, United Healthcare. The project works to support academic success and to support the development of the skill sets that will contribute to the participatory citizenship of all students.

Lanier High School (LHS) is the oldest African American high school in Jackson, MS. The rich traditions and history are still evident where approximately 600 students are enrolled and learning daily. Although
located in the heart of the capital city and minutes away from the largest healthcare provider, students and families of Lanier High School and their feeder schools face overwhelming health disparities, such as access to healthcare due to transportation, gaps in care, food insecurities, and supporting resources to ensure college and career readiness. Since 1998, the mission of the Lanier High School National Alumni Association (LHSNAA) has been to support academic success and to support the development of the skill sets that will contribute to participatory citizenship of all students. LHSNAA was created by a group of LHS graduates who were committed to actively working to ensure that students who came after them would have the additional support needed to be successful. The ultimate goal of our association is to support all
aspects of Lanier High School and serve as a resource for school leadership, families, and students. The needs of students and families during the pandemic have been ever-changing. In response, LHSNAA efforts became dynamic and bridged the gap for covid response, food insecurity, and student athlete and
scholarship needs. While continuing to make an annual financial contribution to support LHS, the association continues to identify community partners to expand the reach of services to make a greater, more meaningful impact. The highlight of work by LHSNAA is their ability to sustain its projects by seeking out like-minded, long-term partnerships. Each service provided in 2020 was not only continued in 2021, but expanded upon.

LHSNAA will continue our objective of improving parental support in all areas of Lanier High School. We will assist the parents in maintaining a successful PTSA. This will enable parents to have a better appreciation of their part in the school by having an active role within the school. Further, our vision is to increase the number of students that graduate from Lanier High School. We will assist with increasing test scores in all subject areas as well as ACT test and state required testing. Our goal is to see the students at Lanier High School have ACT test scores and state require scores that exceed the state average. With continued work, we will see Lanier High School performance being considered the standard for students, not only in Jackson Public School District, but in Mississippi and even the nation. These objectives will be obtained by providing study workshops, tutoring, and using ACT prep articles and with study guides on passing the ACT test.