(MEMPHIS, TENN – December 2, 2021) Journey Community Schools has been awarded a $30,000 grant from International Paper’s Memphis Mill and the International Paper Foundation. As the adoptive partner of the International Paper, Coleman School will be awarded $10,000 of the grant and the remaining will benefit Journey Community Schools. The funds will support literacy interventions and high-quality learning materials that address literacy deficits. The check presentation will be held at Coleman School, 3210 Raleigh Millington Rd. Memphis, TN 38128 on Friday, December 3, 2021, at 8:15 a.m.

Journey Community Schools has an ambitious goal to ensure that all students are reading on or above grade level by the end of third grade. This grant will provide high-quality literacy materials and training for teachers. The rigorous interventions and programming allow all teachers to meet students where they are to address learning loss through direct small groups and individualized instruction.

“We are thrilled that International Paper continues to invest in education and students in Memphis,” said Dr. Nickalous Manning, Executive Director of Journey Community School. “Third grade is a crucial year where students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Therefore, it is our duty to ensure that students are equipped with all of the skills, training, and materials to be successful. We are truly grateful for International Paper’s generosity.”

The International Paper Foundation is one of the ways International Paper strives to reach its vision to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where its employees live and work. Funding priority is given to programs related to its signature causes: education, hunger, health & wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve the planet. For more information, visit ipgiving.com. 

About Journey Community School

Journey Community Schools works to develop a community of lifelong learners who excel in all areas of life. We engage families and community partners in our scholars’ learning journey; cultivate a safe, positive and joyous learning environment; and empower teachers and leaders with support to deliver an inclusive, innovative and rigorous education.