Spann Elementary School (JPS) and Junior League of Jackson, Bellwether Church, Jackson Rotary Club, Northminster Baptist Church, Raising Cane’s #30, Jackson Federation of Teachers and 99 JAMS Radio

Spann Elementary School (JPS)

Partners: Northminster Baptist Church, Junior League of Jackson, Raising Cane’s #30, Bellwether Church, Jackson Rotary Club, 99 JAMS and Jackson Federation of Teachers 

Students impacted: 150
Volunteers: 50+
Duration of partnerships: Northminster – 36 years; JLJ – 16+ years; Raising Cane’s – 10 years; Bellwether – 5 years; Jackson Rotary - 4 years; 99 JAMS and JFT are new

Many Spann students lack educational technology at home and approximately 20% speak a native language other than English. After comprehensive analysis of data and trends, the school realized a need to further educate students on math and literacy via online assessments. Spann and its partners formed the year-long “Keys to Success” initiative to help solve language, math and technical challenges facing students, with a goal to become more technologically and academically integrated with targeted instruction focused on students’ individual needs.


  • Community planning sessions
  • $5,000 in teacher grants from Jr. League of Jackson
  • “Pioneers” and “Animal Heroes” literacy experiences
  • After School Program and Bubble Students camp
  • Reading tutors 


  • Improvement from Level F in 2016 to Level A in 2018
  • Growth of 67% in Reading/Lang. Arts, 77.6% in Math
  • Bottom 25% of students grew 81% in R/LA, 79.6% in Math