In Jefferson Parish Schools, we have students about 40 hours a week. For all kids to succeed, they need strong community partners for the other 128 hours. It complements the work already taking place to improve outcomes for all students and make JP Schools one of the most improved districts in the state.
Below you will find information about community partners who have been recognized as "128" honorees.
Laitram has been invaluable to the JP Schools Career and Technical Education program. They donated and helped deliver machine shop equipment to Cuillier Career Center and also helped train students and teachers. Outside of their work at Cuillier, they donate equipment to other schools, provide internships to students, and host tours for teachers and students at their facilities.
Laitram also participates in job fairs, serves on the JP Schools Career and Technical Education Counsel, and the Cuillier Career Center Counsel. The councils help JP Schools maintain industry standards, target qualities business are looking for in potential employees, and help solve problems.
Dawn Busters Kiwanis
Dawn Busters Kiwanis' Rewads-for-Reading is an innovative approach to encourage students in grades K-5 to enjoy reading and increase their reading comprehension. In 14 years with JP Schools, Dawn Busters Kiwanis has encouraged kids to read over two million new books. Students read books in the district’s Accelerated Reading Program, and are tested for their comprehension to enter the rewards program. Ensuring that all students are reading on grade level by the end of third grade is one of the steps to succeeding as a district outlined in the JP Schools strategic plan, 2024: The Future Our Kids Deserve.
Pastor J. Nelson Brown
Pastor Brown volunteers in schools across the district through numerous organizations. From tutoring students to serving as a mentor, this Marrero product gives back to his community in a number of areas. Through the Christian organization Students Standing Strong, Pastor Brown works with young people to help resolve differences and offer counsel at Lincoln Elementary, Ehret High, Helen Cox High, and Higgins High.
“I tell people everywhere I go that I owe this community,” said Pastor Brown. “I’m honored today. I’m humbled.”
Walker Motor Corporation
A summer internship has led to jobs for Jefferson Parish students and a strong relationship between the public school system and a local business. Jefferson Parish Schools selected Walker Motor Corporation as the first honoree for the 128.
Nine students from the Bonnabel Magnet Academy automotive program interned with technicians at Walker Acura in Metairie over the summer. Under the tutelage of trained and certified technicians, students learned foundational skills like changing oil and tires. They also learned how to work on a transmission and any other knowledge their mentors could share. Two students earned jobs at Walker Acura.
“We’re very happy to have Bonnabel students here,” said Walker Motor Corporation Owner Susan Walker. “We’re offering internships for them and hopefully they will be homegrown and skilled enough to come back and work in our dealership.”