It is an honor and privilege to have this opportunity to serve as President of The Piney Woods School. As a former student and board member, I have an abiding love for Piney Woods and profound awareness of its rich history and countless contributions in the areas of teaching, service, and personal development. I will continue to promote the mission of the institution along with our core values.
The Piney Woods School’s mission is to provide excellence in education within a Christian community through creation of an exceptional academic model which supports the tenet that all students can learn, develop a strong work ethic, and lead extraordinary lives through academic achievement and responsible citizenship, but might not have the opportunity to do so for financial or other reasons
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Black History in the Pinebelt: The Piney Woods School
The Piney Woods School was founded by one man under a tree that had a vision for under-privileged African Americans.
“Dr. Jones graduated in Iowa; he came down and visited Mississippi and saw the need,” Ronald Jones, Public Affairs Coordinator said. “[He] saw African Americans kids were not being educated so he decided that he would come back from Iowa to start a school. What he used to do, is bring his book a lot of the times and sit under the oak tree.”
The particular book Dr. Laurence C. Jones read under a tree was a Bible.
In 1909, an educator named Laurence C. Jones discovered that the illiteracy rate in Rankin County, Mississippi, was above 80 percent. Considering this inexcusable, Jones founded the Piney Woods Country Life School with the goal of educating the sons and daughters of the impoverished citizens — some the children and grandchildren of former slaves — of the county.
PINEY WOODS, Miss.—”Those who think they can’t are usually right,” reads a sign in the grass outside the girls’ dormitory at Piney Woods Country Life School.
“Success Depends Upon Yourself” is carved into a stone in the gazebo. A few feet away, the Latin phrase “Labor Omnia Vincit” is carved onto a concrete ledge. Work Conquers All.
Motivational quotes like these are scattered throughout the 2,000-acre boarding school in rural Mississippi. They are the kinds of messages students get from the moment their alarms go off at 5:30 in the morning until lights-out at 10 pm.
105 Years After Opening for the Children of Formerly Enslaved Black People, Piney Woods Boarding School Continues Legacy of Achievement
February 16, 2015 | Posted by Curtis Bunn
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PineyWoodsIn 1910, Piney Woods Country Life School opened as a place to educate the children of formerly enslaved Black people.
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