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 first 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

With input from experts, talented writers, and illustrators, the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is creating a series of children’s books to help kids and their parents deal with some of the educational, emotional, and physical 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 books are currently in publication and should be completed in October 2013.

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 will include 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 is being implemented 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 will be encouraged to achieve certain milestones based on their personal reading goals.  Each month, three students from each school (one from each grade) will be selected by school staff members to attend a meet and greet with Vincent Jackson at One Buc Place. At the end of the school year, all the students selected throughout the year will be invited to attend a year-end celebration. 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.

Widefield High School Scholarship

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. This scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2014, and will continue for years to follow.

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