The mission of the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is to provide support to military families, focusing on the educational, emotional, and physical health of the children. Here’s a look at some of our programs with program development in some areas still underway. The Jackson in Action 83 Foundation’s standard is to be as resolute in our mission to help military families as those families’ soldiers are to protect our freedoms. We pledge to be the best possible stewards of the generous contributions made by our donors and supporters.
Danny DogTags Children’s Books
Lindsey and Vincent Jackson have set out to develop a series of three children’s books designed to help kids and their parents cope with some of the emotional issues that deployment can bring. By reading these books, the hope is that parents and their children can communicate about their feelings and find ways to solve problems. These age-appropriate books are designed to be fun to read, while highlighting both the struggles and triumphs deployed families face. The first book in the series is a partnership between the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Published by Mascot Books, Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment will be on sale June 2014 through Buccaneers.com and Tampa-area book retailers. Stay tuned for more information about how to purchase your autographed copy!
Salute to Reading Program
The Jackson in Action 83 Foundation launched the Salute to Reading program during assemblies at Ballast Point, Chiaramonte, and Tinker Elementary schools in October 2013. An incentive and recognition program designed to award outstanding students for reading improvement, the program includes students in third, fourth, and fifth grades. In keeping with the foundation’s mission of supporting military children and families, the Salute to Reading program runs in the three elementary schools that contain the majority of MacDill Air Force Base personnel’s children.
Working with the schools’ reading coaches, teachers, and administrators, students are encouraged to achieve certain milestones based on their personal reading goals. Each month, three students from each school (one from each grade) are selected by school staff members to attend a meet and greet with Vincent at One Buc Place. At the end of the school year, all the students selected throughout the year are invited to attend a year-end celebration. The first Salute to Reading Year-End Celebration was held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Glazer Children’s Museum where the 63 young students and their parents explored the museum exhibits, enjoyed dinner in the banquet hall, and were treated to a surprise reading by Vincent of Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment.
The goal of the program is to encourage students to develop their reading skills. Studies show that when children read just 20 minutes per day, it can increase their abilities in all subject areas, including writing, memory, spelling, and more.
Youth in Action Camp
The foundation will host its second annual Youth in Action Camp in June 2014 for kids ages six to 12 who are members of a military family. Hosted at One Buccaneer Place, the one-day camp includes games and activities on the practice fields, lunch in the team dining room, and, of course, encouraging words from Vincent about the challenges of growing up in a military household. Each participant will go home with a souvenir photo of themselves with Vincent, along with a goodie bag courtesy of the Buccaneers. The 2014 camp coincides with the launch of Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment, so campers will each go home with a copy of the book as well.
The purpose of the Youth in Action Camp is to emphasis one of the foundation’s three pillars by encouraging youth to remain healthy and physically active, even in the face of challenges such as deployment and relocation.
Military Family Home Makeover
The Jackson in Action 83 Foundation has teamed up with KDS Interior Design Studios to provide one local military family with a home makeover. Through a nomination process, the foundation selects one Tampa Bay area military family to receive a fresh new look in at least two rooms in their home.
To be nominated, the families have to include an active duty service member who has served on deployment for at least four consecutive months within the last 12 months. Nominations are open for military personnel E6 and below only. Nominees must live off base and own the residence in which they live.
The first Military Family Home Makeover recipient will receive their new look by the beginning of November 2014, just in time to celebrate Veterans Day.
Salute to Scholars
As an alumni of Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Vincent wants to give back to the school that gave him so much. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one graduating senior at WHS who is a child of active duty, retired, or deceased military personnel. Eligible students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and plan to attend a four-year college or university, trade/vocational school, or community college. The first scholarship was awarded in May 2014 and will continue for years to follow.