Literacy is in the very fabric of the design of Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM). From its life-size scrabble board to the Jackson Public School Summer Reading Celebration, MCM promotes the joy of reading.

Because of the generous gift of over $5,000 from Coaching for Literacy (CFL) donors and the overwhelming support from Ole Miss Men's Basketball and C Spire Wireless, the museum provided free admission to its annual Jackson Public School (JPS) Summer Reading Celebration for over 780 students, parents and guardians. The evening included a short awards ceremony for the top readers, refreshments provided by the Junior League of Jackson and educational-based play in the museum. There were lots of smiles, proud parents and over 1,000 books gifted to the children who had completed their JPS Summer Reading Program goals. 

Fourth grader at Marshall Elementary, Courtney Kern said, “I like to come to the museum to celebrate reading. It’s been fun and I’ve been able to see my friends.”

MCM served 780 students and adults and honored the school district’s top readers with additional recognition, including certificates, medals, books and other prizes.

MCM served 780 students and adults and honored the school district’s top readers with additional recognition, including certificates, medals, books and other prizes.

“I love this event. It allows children who are striving for success to come in and feel a true since of accomplishment,” said Jana Perry, Director of Education and Programs at the Mississippi Children’s Museum. “It is so important to send the message that reading is vital to the success of an individual in school and in life.”

The mission of Mississippi Children's Museum is to provide unparalleled experiences that ignite a thirst for discovery, knowledge and learning in all children. The museum accomplishes this mission through hands-on and engaging exhibits and program focusing on literacy, the arts, science, health and nutrition- the keys to helping children mature into healthy and productive adult learners.

The JPS Summer Reading Celebration motivates children to both enjoy reading and feel a sense of accomplishment when they complete their required summer reading. CFL’s partnership with Mississippi Children’s Museum would not be possible without the support from generous donors. Together we can create lifelong readers by celebrating the love of literacy.

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