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THE PINEY WOODS SCHOOL RECEIVES SOLAR PANELS FROM TESLA TO SUPPORT SCHOOL’S USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

May 26, 2018, [Piney Woods, MS] – The Piney Woods School will install new solar panels thanks to a donation from Tesla to support the school’s #Panels4Piney campaign. Through #Panels4Piney, the students of Piney Woods are working to transition 8-10% of the school’s energy to renewable sources, savings that will be reinvested back into
students.

In March, Panels4Piney launched with a goal of raising $150,000 to install 100 kilowatts worth of solar panels on campus ahead of its 110 year anniversary in 2019. Solar panels from Tesla will help students toward achieving this goal, but they still need
to fundraise for the full installation.

Students aim to raise an additional $110,000 to install these solar panels, which will
cover 8-10% of the school’s energy use. Savings from this installation will allow the
school to invest in infrastructure and student scholarships as part of a larger effort to
comprehensively enter the 21st century. Additionally, Tesla’s solar panels will help
support the school’s renewable energy goals.

In 2017, The Piney Woods School was selected to compete in U.S. Department of Energy
SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5 million prize competition
that aims to expand solar electricity access across the country, receiving a $50,000 seed
grant to kickstart the project from the Department of Energy.
To learn more about the fundraiser and to help these students succeed, you can go to
gofundme.com/panels4piney.

About The Piney Woods School

Founded in 1909 by the first African American graduate of what would become the
University of Iowa, Dr. Laurence C. Jones, to educate the children of former slaves, the
School was a response to the need for a safe place for African Americans to learn and
serve as a cultural and academic haven.

Today they welcome students from around the United States, as well as outside the country with students from the Caribbean and Ethiopia. They serve a predominantly lower to middle-income student body with the majority of their students on scholarship,and have a 98% rate of graduating seniors going on to college.

About the Solar in Your Community Challenge

The Solar in Your Community Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy
SunShot Initiative is a $5 million prize competition that aims to expand solar access to
low and moderate income households; and state, local, and tribal governments; and
non-profit organizations.
More information about the selected teams and the Solar in Your Community Challenge
is at www.solarinyourcommunity.org.

About the SunShot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to drive down the
cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a
low-cost electricity source for all Americans through research and development efforts
in collaboration with public and private partners. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.
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DEMONSTRATION FARM BEGINS PREPARING FOR SPRING CROPS

Earlier this year, NCAT Demonstration Farm Manager Sam Humphrey and FoodCorps Mississippi service member Kristin Lynch installed trellis nets for 3 large pallet garden beds at The Piney Woods School received from Johnny's Selected Seeds through The Mississippi Farm to School Network’s $500 grant for school gardens, awarded last semester.

The garden beds are being put to great use, in preparation for spring planting. Just this week, The Piney Woods School Ag-Business class helped to up-pot peppers and eggplants, and will be assisting NCAT staff with putting together CSA subscription boxes.

#HeadHeartHands

PINEY WOODS SCHOOL TENNIS TEAM MAKES GREAT STRIDES THIS SEASON

The Piney Woods School tennis team has had great success this season! Check out their stats from this week’s match!

District Championship Tournament – April 11, 2018

1st round: PWS vs Pelahatchie Mixed Doubles: J’Len Brown & Tanishia Oliver: 6-3; 4-6 -- tiebreaker won 10-9 Boys Singles: Getnet Mekingaw: 6-3; 6-1 won match with an injury Girls Singles: Janelle Wilson: 6-1; 6-0 won match Girls Doubles: Makda Tesfye & Maraki Aemero: 6-0; 6-2 won match

2nd round: PWS vs Meridian in Clarksdale Girls Singles: Janelle Wilson 6-6; 6-4; tiebreaker win 11-9 3rd round: PWS vs Enterprise in Meridian Girls Singles: Janelle Wilson 6-4; 6-4 won match.

Janelle Wilson will compete in the State Championship Tournament in Oxford, MS, on May 10, 2018.

FROM A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE: HBCU DAY AT CUMC

BY: ALAINA PARKER, PWS JUNIOR

On Sunday, March 25, The Piney Woods School students all gathered together to depart the campus. We loaded the buses departed for Central United Methodist Church to participate in their annual HBCU day. During this celebration, people from all over Mississippi came to show their appreciation for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and to encourage others to join them in the near future.

A Learning Experience

The President of Rust College was willing to pay for books for anyone who signed up that day. It was a great opportunity and Rust wasn’t the only school making offers. A representative from Alcorn shared with us scholarships that they provide. I have heard so much about Alcorn and it sounds like such a great school. As each President, representative and speaker rose out of their seats to tell us why their school was the best and why we should choose them, I was practically ready to hop out of my seat and sign whatever I needed to in order to get the wonderful experiences and education they were speaking of.

An Enjoyable Experience

If the Information wasn’t enough, the entire atmosphere of this place was very relaxing. When the Jubilee singers came on stage, I was blown away by their voices. They started with the National Black Anthem and sang a selection afterward that I didn’t recognize but loved regardless. To end the already wonderful program, the MADD drama group created such a lovely and empowering skit for us. Though there were so many HBCUs joining us in celebration, I took notice that this wasn’t like a pep rally or a concert. There were no rivals within the space. After all was said and done, we were provided with a delicious snack. There were mini sandwiches and pasta and fruit. It was so very nice of them to give us a snack on our way back to school and it was greatly appreciated. The chicken salad was exquisite.

Overall

I enjoyed this trip. The atmosphere was absolutely perfect for a Sunday evening. It was also very educational and it was nice to be surrounded by adults who were completely dedicated to our future and higher education.

PINEY WOODS SCHOOL STUDENTS ATTEND ROBOTICS WORKSHOP

On Saturday, February 10th, several PWS students attended a STEM conference, with a focus on underwater robotics.

Guest speakers and presenters were Jill Zande, President, MATE Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II), and Dr Kevin McKone, Science Department Head at Co-Lin Community College in Wesson, MS.

PWS PRESIDENT ELECTED TO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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

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.

PWS STUDENTS SELECTED FOR YOUTH LEADERSHIP GREATER JACKSON PROGRAM

PINEY WOODS, MS – Four Piney Woods School students have been chosen to participate in the Youth Leadership Greater Jackson development program. Among those selected for the 2017-2018 leadership class were:

Tariq Bailey, Sophomore, of Cincinnati, Ohio

Jurnee Holliday, Junior, of Aberdeen, Mississippi

Myiesha Jones, Sophomore, of Fayetteville, North Carolina

Yohanes Mebrahtu, Sophomore, of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Acceptance into the five-month leadership development and cultural immersion experience will allow students opportunities to interact with politicians, health care, legal and other governmental officials, and provide them with lifelong relationships, through working with other Metro Jackson area students on community projects. The program is a dynamic and effective way for youth to enhance their skills as they work towards college and career readiness.

Organized in 1991, and patterned after the Leadership Greater Jackson program, Youth Leadership Jackson is a community-wide leadership program for high school sophomores and juniors and is designed to expose young leaders to the various elements that combine to form a strong and dynamic metropolitan area. Through leadership training, community-oriented seminars, and interaction with adult leaders who model exemplary citizenship and service to community, the program aims to produce young leaders who are committed to advancing and positively impacting the Metro Jackson area.

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.

PWS STUDENTS WIN MAGNOLIA BAR MOCK TRIAL DEBATES

PINEY WOODS, MS –The Piney Woods School mock trial teams finished in first place in the Magnolia Bar Association statewide competition at the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson, Mississippi on December 1st and 2nd.

The Magnolia Bar Association, a state trial lawyers' organization, has hosted the mock trial competition since 1989, in an effort to promote the exchange of ideas among students and provide a greater understanding of and appreciation for the law, court procedures, and the Mississippi Judicial systems.

The Piney Woods School mock trial team, led by history professor Francine Jones, competed with schools across the state, arguing trials under the eyes of practicing attorneys and judges.

In addition to finishing in first place as a group, individual winners from The Piney Woods School were Hallie Millsaps of Forest, Mississippi, and Calab Obodo, of Atlanta, Georgia. The senior debaters were awarded scholarships of $700 and $500, respectively.

“Mrs. Jones and our fantastic students have brought honor and distinction to The Piney Woods School community. We are truly proud of her leadership and the students’ tremendous accomplishments,” said Monica Crossley, Dean of Faculty.

The Piney Woods School Mock Trial Program gives students a better understanding of the legal system,  increasing their awareness of the importance of law in a democratic society while strengthening their understanding of fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution. The program also promotes increased confidence, poise, oral skills, critical thinking and teamwork.

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.