PWS PRESIDENT ELECTED TO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Allison Morris | News

PINEY WOODS, MS – The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson announced three newly elected members of their Board of Trustees. Among them is Piney Woods School president Willie L. Crossley Jr.

The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson is a community corporation created by and for the people of Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties in Mississippi. The nonprofit organization assists charitable donors in establishing permanent giving funds that reflect individual philanthropic interests, while also making a long-term, positive impact on their community.

Crossley is the first Piney Woods School alumnus to serve as president in the school’s 107-year history. He previously served as senior adviser in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, as chief counsel for the Democratic National Committee and as an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. He has a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and a master of education in school administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

About The Piney Woods School Founded in 1909, the mission of The Piney Woods School is to 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. Encompassing 2,000 acres, the campus includes a 500-acre instructional farm, five lakes, managed timberland, and Mississippi’s only rock garden amphitheatre. Our reputation for academic excellence attracts students from all over the world. Here, the past provides a foundation for the future.

MISSISSIPPI NCAT HOSTS SUCCESSFUL ALLIANCE FIELD DAY AT PWS

Allison Morris | News

PINEY WOODS, MS – The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), in partnership with the Alliance of Sustainable Farms, hosted a field day workshop at The Piney Woods School demonstration farm on December 15. Nearly 40 farmers were in attendance, and spent the day learning about small farm equipment, cover crops, hoop house production, and farm to school programs.

NCAT demonstration farm manager Sam Humphrey taught attendees to operate the farm’s BCS tractor, and to prepare soil using several different tools. He discussed crop planning, nutrient management, pest management, micro-irrigation systems, and the tools that are key to this kind of production.

Other event presenters included Sara Hazelnis, Piney Woods School Food Service Director, Katrina McLin, Agriculture Instructor, and Kristin Lynch, FoodCorps member. Walter Jackson of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) presented on the importance of cover crops and the benefits they provide to farmers.

The purpose of the demonstration farm is to give hands-on training to Piney Woods School students, as well as farmers and producers in the region about ecologically sound and profitable production practices, marketing, business planning, and more. The farm is part of NCAT’s multifaceted food justice project, which works to improve access to healthy, culturally appropriate food for historically disadvantaged communities throughout Mississippi.

About The Piney Woods School Founded in 1909, the mission of The Piney Woods School is to 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. Encompassing 2,000 acres, the campus includes a 500-acre instructional farm, five lakes, managed timberland, and Mississippi’s only rock garden amphitheatre. Our reputation for academic excellence attracts students from all over the world. Here, the past provides a foundation for the future.