JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Jackson Public Schools has named the 2016 JPS Parent of the Year.
The award went to Steve Collins, a retired Army Sergeant. Collins is a McLeod Elementary School parent.
As this year’s winner, he will receive a plaque, an overnight stay at the Old Capitol Inn, four $25 gift cards for four different local restaurants and two Hal and Mal’s T-shirts. The district is also giving him passes to the Mississippi Children Museum, the Skate and Shake Skating Rink, and tickets to the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Pepsi Pops.
JPS said Collins help secure a grant that will go towards improving lighting on the sidewalks near the school. He also helped with installing a portable basketball goal for the playground, and he helped coordinate a trip to Memphis for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade boys.
School officials said he also monitors the hallways, serves as a test monitor, volunteers as the morning car rider officer, helps tutor students, and so much more.
“I started volunteering because I saw that there was a lack of male role models in the schools,” said Collins. “So now, when people say they want to make a difference, I tell them ‘go to the schools.’ This has changed me and made me better. I am nicer and happier now.”