JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Pascagoula-Gautier school district is hoping for the chance to win $25,000 to go toward a new resource: A bilingual lending library.
The district is one of 200 causes in the running for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant. According to its website, the program "helps worthwhile nonprofit organizations across the US, offering $25,000 grants for neighborhood projects involved in education, safety and community development."
With the possibility of iPad apps and books in both Spanish and English, administrators are excited. But in order to see their vision come to fruition, educators are asking for a little assistance.
"Pascagoula is an anomaly. We are at the top for the state of Mississippi and we're going to start the trend of building a bi-literate community," said one administrator. "If you want us to be the leaders in the state of Mississippi, get out there and vote."
Voting, leaders say, is simple - visit neighborhoodassist.com and search for the bilingual lending library. After creating a log in, visitors can submit up to 10 votes per day. The top 40 contestants will win big.
Pascagoula-Gautier administrators say the library would greatly benefit the community.
"One of the things that I noticed over the summer when we screen for our pre-k students is that a majority of the students are Hispanic. Thirty-one percent of the students who are screened were Hispanic," added an administrator. "One of the major reasons that our scores were a little bit lower was due to a language barrier, so we want to help our students become ready for kindergarten."
Voting ends November 4, and winners will be announced November 30.