COOL Education Project
The cornerstone of the COOL Education Project is AmeriCorps. This project provides 64 full, half and minimum slots for volunteers to commit their time from September to August of each year in order to fulfill their obligations of serving their community. Members have the opportunity to receive a monthly living stipend and an education award upon completion of their service term. The COOL Education Project provides an opportunity for AmeriCorps members to apply their college majors while volunteering with a non-school hour based program designed to assist students in grades K-12 with developing 21st century skills necessary for academic success, character building, and dropout prevention. The program achieves its goals through innovative tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment activities.
The areas served by the COOL Education Project are Hinds, Madison and Scott counties. In Hinds, this project has been enacted in Brinkley Middle School, Callaway High School, Murrah High School and will soon start at Peeples Middle School. In Madison County, this project serves Highland Elementary and Olde Towne Middle School as well as Nichols Middle School. The COOL Education Project can be seen at Forest Elementary in Scott County. This program runs year-round with core program days held Tuesday through Thursday during the school year and a camp that last five weeks held during the summer.