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Posted 9/10/2013

Release no. 13-101


Contact
Kavanaugh Breazeale
601-631-5052
kavanaugh.breazeale@usace.army.mil

Vicksburg, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District personnel recently participated with adoption ceremonies at their two adopted schools, Vicksburg High and Sherman Avenue Elementary through the Adopt A School Program.  This is the 15th year for the adoption partnership between the Vicksburg District and Vicksburg High School, while the partnership between Sherman Avenue Elementary and the Vicksburg District is in its fourth year. The District’s committee consists of an all volunteer team composed of Vicksburg District employees.

Col. Cross, along with Vicksburg High School’s assistant principal, Dr. Tameka Johnson, and Sherman Avenue’s principal, Ray Hume, signed adoption certificates certifying the partnerships. The program is executed through volunteers from the Vicksburg District and local industries. It supports the schools through various activities including tutoring, mentoring, speaking engagements, assisting with state testing and career development plans.

Col. Cross stated, “We are happy to have you for our adopted schools and definitely look forward to serving you with our available resources.  Being the organization that we are, we have a strong interest in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields especially and have the expertise to assist you in those fields and many more.”

As one of the nations’ leading technical organizations, the Vicksburg District traditionally supports local and surrounding educational institutions through the varied expertise of our diverse workforce. The District’s involvement in local and surrounding schools is critical to the success of our educational systems and our success in Building Our Future Workforce. Successful educational programs such as the Adopt A School Program help to build the necessary skills of our future leaders, and introduce many students and educators to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the first time.