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Adopt a School focuses on mentoring relationships with children from Magnolia School. This school serves the mentally and emotionally disturbed children of our district. We are able to provide mentoring through monthly art classes throughout the school year, as well as any other personal needs of the children as requested. The school year ends with a field day provided and staffed by our members. JADC also serves as support to the teachers and staff of the school in a PTO-type relationship, providing appreciation weeks for them each semester.
In an effort to promote literacy and ensure everyone has access to books, JADC is placing library boxes in parks and playgrounds throughout the county so anyone can borrow a book no matter where they live. Members also read to children throughout the county once a month during the school year. This project awarded us the Norma DeLong Education Award at NAJA's Annual Education Conference in 2017.
Coats for Kids
This Fall Festival is provided for children identified through our Jump Back to School program that may also need assistance through the winter months. As we have fun during an old fashioned fall event, complete with games, pumpkin decorating, and food, we also provide each child with a warm coat for the winter.
Our award winning Crown Club (NAJA Outstanding Crown Club 2014 & 2015, Outstanding Crown Club Project 2014 & 2016) is where JA members mentor high school girls to create a wonderful 'mini -JA' chapter of their own. The girls are taught skills about working in a non-profit organization that will benefit them in college and beyond. More importantly, they are learning how to serve others in simple, practical ways, and that will benefit them for a lifetime.
Girls’ ‘U’ is an all day, fun-filled, Saturday camp for Desoto County sixth grade girls. The girls are taught subjects such as art, nutrition, personal and internet safety, self-image and etiquette. The children leave with gift bags and t-shirts. Camp participants are nominated by their teachers and school counselors.
Inaugural JA’s Will 5k
JA's Will 5k is hosted by the Junior Auxiliary of DeSoto County in an effort to bring awareness about the importance of being an organ donor and how this generous gift can make a difference in the lives of others.
This fun event will have a timed 5k with an after party of food trucks, beer, music, kids area with emergency vehicles to set in, Kyle Bush's Busch Series Race Car, as well as multiple vendors participating in the fun! Race participant entry includes ant-shirt, a swag bage and 2 beer tickets.
All funds raised at this fun event will go towards supporting a DeSoto County family that has a child's name waiting on a transplant list or battling a chronic illness.
Sometimes our community needs immediate assistance. Floods, tornadoes, and other disasters come without warning. JA cares is where our volunteers are able to step in with hearts and hands to offer help and supplies to our area. In past years we've supplied toys and cleaning supplies to flood victims and held diaper/wipe drives for tornado victims.
JA of DeSoto High School Scholarship Program
JA of DeSoto offers three $1,000 scholarships to local high school students. Recipients are expected to exemplify the five points of the Junior Auxiliary Crown: Charity, Youth, Health, Leadership, and Service. This year we awarded four scholarships to outstanding students, three of which were Crown Club members.
Jump Back to School
This project focuses on children referred by DHS in need of school supplies. At the event, each child receives a backpack filled with grade-required school supplies and a new pair of shoes based upon their preferences from committee interviews. The rest of the afternoon is a celebration filled with games, moon bounces, punch, and cake.
Providing Aid, Lending Support, or “P.A.L.S.,” was designed to reach Desoto County school children who are in need and do not fit within the parameters for traditional assistance programs. Junior Auxiliary members work with teachers, counselors, schools, and DHS to supply personal hygiene items, school supplies, glasses, clothes, and various other items to assist these children. It has proven to be a vital support system used by our school district since the creation of our chapter.
Palmer Night Out
Palmer Night Out focuses on mentoring relationships with children from the Palmer Home through monthly outings with the children during the school year. These include activities such as roller skating, ice skating, bowling, movies, art classes, and trips to the RiverKings. This project is especially dear as we have held it since our chapter beginnings, and have followed several children from kindergarten through high school.
Wayne Bartley Autism Early Intervention Golf Tournament
JADC works with many community partners to benefit the DeSoto County Schools’ Autism Early Intervention Program. Our tournament job is the best of all – this is used as a county field trip for the autism/special needs classes, so we assist in throwing a mini-carnival for them complete with moon bounces and activities, as well as help provide the children with lunch.