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Chairman

Haley Kelly

Katie Boykin

Activities

Brett McClendon Tournament (June)

CHILDREN SERVED
Approximately 400+ served.
PURPOSE
To help with the gate and concessions for this Memorial tournament. Proceeds from this tournament fund a baseball scholarship at DSU. This is a huge event for our community. It also is great publicity for JA.
MEMBER PARTICIPATION
Participation is voluntary.
MEMBER PARTICIPATION
Participation is voluntary and will be requested through sign-up sheets.

Hearing/Vision Screenings in the Schools (October 3-5)

This project is conducted every other year.

CHILDREN SERVED
Pearman Elementary students in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade.
PURPOSE
This will be the 2nd year we have done this project. There is a need in the schools to screen children for hearing and vision problems that could potentially cause learning problems.
MEMBER PARTICIPATION
Members are asked to sign-up for times to help conduct the screenings.

JA Kids’ Fun Run (October 15, 2011)

CHILDREN SERVED
Project is free for children 4k thru 6th grade
PURPOSE
On the Saturday of Octoberfest weekend, we hold a Kids’ Fun Run. The event is publicized through flyers in the schools. The purpose is to promote physical activity and healthy choices. Children will receive a free t-shirt and goodie bag. Healthy snacks and water are provided. Members are needed to donate snacks/water and be there for registration and assisting with the run. This project embodies the JA national focus which is “healthy children, healthy futures.”
MEMBER PARTICIPATION
Participation is voluntary

Lap Reading

A Lap Reading Clinic will be hosted in an effort to teach the importance of lap reading to parents, young mothers and anyone with young children. Lap reading helps to create a special bond between parents and children, as well as create a love for reading and learning. Reading aloud with children helps them to become better listeners, students, and readers themselves which is very important for child development. It enables them to build a better vocabulary which makes them more aware of the world around them. Children learn that reading is fun and important when you spend valuable time reading with them. Reading enhances concentration and discipline, which is vital for learning when a child enters school. It also helps them to value relationships that will be vital in carrying out daily activities.

To begin the clinic, one JA member will greet the participants and discuss how to lap read and the benefits of lap reading. Next, another member will demonstrate one-on-one lap reading with a child. Questions will be asked and a demonstration of how to keep the child involved and interested in an age-appropriate book will be provided. After the demonstration, refreshments will be served, and the participants will be given an opportunity to practice the lap-reading skills they learn.

Diaper bags and board books, donated by JA Members as well as people in the community, will be collected. Diaper bag and book donation boxes will be placed at area businesses along with posters about the lap reading clinic. Each mother who attends the event will be given a new diaper bag and board books with an informational pamphlet about lap reading. The extra diaper bags and books will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center in Cleveland, MS.

MEMBER PARTICIPATION
Participation is voluntary