JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A first-ever event for the Jonesboro Public School district will honor three leaders in the community.
Olympic medalist Earl Bell is to receive the Distinguished Alumnus award. Retired principal Ron Williams was selected for the Distinguished Educator Award. Rennell Woods, Jonesboro City Council member, will be recognized as a community partner and JHS alumnus.
"We're really excited about those three individuals," said Slade Mitchell, member of The Foundation for Jonesboro Public Schools. "They have served, not only our school but also our community in a variety of different ways."
Proceeds will be used for programs such as grants for educational projects and scholarships for JHS students to take concurrent college courses while still in high school.
"It helps our teachers. We have some of the best teachers and students that you'll find," Mitchell said. "It helps our teachers think outside the box—to help in creative ways to teach different concepts. There were four different grants this year with over $5,000 in grant money."
Bricks placed outside the Jonesboro High School Performing Arts Center also help to raise money.
"The brick program is what we use as our primary fundraiser," Mitchell said. "If you're an alumnus of Jonesboro, if you have a family member that is, if you want to honor someone that did graduate, or if you just want to stand beside us and support the students and teachers, buy a brick. They are $75. We have a brick double that size for $150."
Tickets for the JPS Distinguished Service Awards Brunch are $30 each or $250 for a table of 8.
The event will be held inside the JHS gym on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
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