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JPS 2016 Parent of the Year Encourages Fathers to Get Involved

Category: Parent Points

McLeod Elementary School parent, Steve Collins, a retired Army sergeant, was named the 2016 JPS Parent of the Year. Collins has displayed tremendous dedication to the success of JPS scholars, academically and financially.

Collins' contributions to the school include securing a grant to improve the lighting of surrounding sidewalks, installing a portable basketball goal for the playground, and coordinating a trip to a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game for third through fifth grade boys. He also patrols the hallways, serves as a test monitor, volunteers as the morning car rider officer, and recruits mentors and tutors to support struggling scholars.

After noticing students without coats on one day, Collins arrived with 20 brand new coats and loads of school uniforms on the next. Collins has assumed many leadership roles at McLeod. He has served on the school's Site Council for two years and as a Board officer on the PTA for three years, the last two as president. He was instrumental in setting the groundwork for the McLeod Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program, with 300 dads expressing an interest in getting involved.

"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."

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