C.O.O.L.™ Education Project
The cornerstone of the C.O.O.L.™ 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 C.O.O.L. 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 C.O.O.L. Education Project serves Hinds, Madison and Scott counties. In Hinds, the C.O.O.L.™ Education Project serves Callaway High School and Murrah High School. In Madison County, the C.O.O.L.™ Education Project serves Ann E. Smith Elementary, Highland Elementary, and Olde Towne Middle School as well as Nichols Middle School. In Scott County, the C.O.O.L.™ Education Project serves Forest Elementary. The C.O.O.L.™ Education Project runs year-round with program days held Tuesday through Thursday during the school year, and a camp that last five weeks held during the summer.