2021 Winter Reed Tribute Award

NEW DATE: February 16, 2022

Join MAPE at the annual Winter-Reed Tribute Award Program. In 2021 MAPE recognizes Deborah Bryant for her work promoting literacy around Mississippi.

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JACKSON, Miss. - Deborah Bryant to Receive Prestigious Winter-Reed Partnership Award

JACKSON, MS: With the slogan “Every Community Behind Every Child,” the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education (MAPE) has served as a network of educators and community partners since 1984. One of just a few statewide partnership organizations of its kind in the United States, MAPE is committed to collaboration and sharing of best practices to help build local support for the success of all students.

Networking is done through membership to the organization as well as regular regional meetings. Partnership training is offered at the annual state conference. A partnership curriculum and site-based consulting aid in strengthening networks. One of the ways outstanding school community partnerships are recognized is through the annual Governor’s Awards for Exemplary Partnerships. Additionally, the organization recognizes individuals or groups who have outstanding records of supporting and working to support public education in the state with the Winter-Reed Partnership Award.

The 2021 Winter-Reed Partnership Award will be presented to Deborah Bryant during an evening ceremony on February 16, 2022 at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl. Beginning in 2012, visited every one of Mississippi’s 82 counties. During those visits she read to children at public schools in each county. The “Read Across Mississippi Tour” reached children from the Coast to the Capital, from the Delta to the Hills, and all points in between. She says “I hugged every child I read to, and in some cases hugged every child in an entire school; one in particular had over 400 students. I wanted every child to know they were precious and mattered.”

The Winter-Reed Partnership Award is a very special honor presented to Mississippians who are devoted to improving public education. Launched by MAPE in 2007, the award is designed to honor the unique bipartisan partnership forged by Governor William Winter and the late Tupelo businessman Jack Reed Sr. Since the inaugural presentation, the Winter-Reed Award has been presented annually to recognize Mississippians who have helped improve and promote public education in the state. Both Winter and Reed have a strong background in promoting and improving public education in Mississippi, the South and nationwide.

William F. Winter served as governor of Mississippi from 1980 to 1984 and was responsible for the passage of the Education Reform Act of 1982, considered the most significant educational legislation enacted in Mississippi since the establishment of the public school system. Governor Winter chaired the Southern Regional Education Board in 1982.

Jack Reed Sr. of Tupelo was one of the first business leaders in Mississippi to actively promote state-supported public education and the need to keep public schools open. In 1980, Gov. Winter appointed Mr. Reed as chairman of the Special Committee on Public Education, and following the passage of the Education Reform Act of 1982, he became the first chairman of the State Board of Education. In 1989, President Bush named him chairman of the National Advisory Council on Education Research and Improvement.

The event will be open to the public and individual reservations may be made at the MAPE website at www.mapems.com. Sponsorships for tables of eight are available on the site as well. Proceeds from the Winter-Reed Tribute are used to enhance the program services of MAPE, including scholarships for member school districts to send representatives to training events for improving or establishing partnerships, and to increase the number of regional training events offering guidance to schools and community partners.


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