Community help needed at Jasper Elementary


JASPER — Community members will have the opportunity to be part of creating Jasper Elementary School in November.

Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools is looking for community volunteers to help spread mulch in the playground that is being constructed at the Jasper Elementary site at the corner of Portersville Road and Ackerman Road. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to dusk on Friday, Nov. 1 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 9. Nov. 1 will be broken into three four-hour shifts.

“Our school is going to re-emphasize our commitment to partnering with community as opportunities arise,” Tenth Street Elementary Principal Kent Taylor said in an email.

Three local churches — CrossPoint Fellowship Church, Redemption Christian Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church — will also help with the efforts by providing water, food and volunteers for the project. The partnership is part of an ongoing effort between the school and local churches to help support the new school, Taylor said.

“Due to parents’ work schedules, we are looking for community groups and churches to make an educational and emotional impact as we open the doors of our new school in many ways,” Taylor said via email.

Anyone interested in helping with the work should contact Taylor at Volunteers will need to bring their own equipment, including wheelbarrows, pitchforks, coal shovels, gloves and protective eyewear.

Volunteers should also be aware that the Jasper Elementary site is an active construction site. Volunteers will be expected to stay in the designated playground area. There will be no tours or admittance to the building.

Earlier this year, the school was awarded a $20,000 Keurig Dr. Pepper KaBoom! grant to help build the preschool playground at Jasper Elementary, which will combine Fifth and Tenth street elementaries into one school, preschool through fifth grade, when it opens for the 2020-21 school year.

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