Learning Soars at Magnet School as Economy Weakens

January 7, 2009 --

Since the big transition into Magnet schools for the Jonesboro Public School system, the economy has gone downhill. Leaving many parents afraid their child's education will suffer.

But that's not the case... they're just finding different ways to continue learning.

Melinda Smith, the Magnet Resource Coordinator, says with the Magnet grant they received and with new grants they are applying for, the school is growing.

"It doesn't pay salaries or help school funds, but it does help enhance what we've got from the magnet grant."

With the money, they have developed a new Vegetable Garden, a Butterfly Habitat, a Nutrition Lab, a new wing and hopefully soon a new Outdoor Classroom.

"Not only at our school, but all the magnet schools, the children really get a hands on learning experience. And they are learning everyday life lessons... about working in the environment and health and wellness."

JPS holds a Preview Night for parents and their children to look at what each magnet school has to offer and check out what their child might be interested in.

Feb. 5th - International Studies

Feb. 10th - Visual and Performing Arts

Feb. 12th - MicroSociety

Feb.17th - Health, Wellness, and Environmental Studies

Feb. 19th - Math and Science

All Preview Nights will be held from 6 - 7 pm.

If you need more information you can call the Jonesboro Public Schools Magnet Line at

(870) 933-5800 ext. 2273 or ext. 2253