Fill the Bus School Supply Drive Continues through July 31

United Way of South Mississippi is asking residents of Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River and Stone counties to help “Fill the Bus.”
The annual school supply drive is in full swing, and supplies can be donated through donation boxes at Walmart Supercenters in Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport, Pass Christian, Picayune, Waveland and Wiggins.
Needed items range from pencils, crayons and notebooks to boxes of facial tissue and hand sanitizer. A complete list of requested items is attached to each donation box.

How The Nourishing Place ENHANCEs Early Education

Below are two first-hand stories from teachers in The Nourishing Place's ENHANCE After-school Tutoring program.  They show just two of the many examples of success that this program has achieved this year, and we're excited to share these, and more of ENHANCE's great work, with you as the year progresses.

Story 1


Year-In-Review: Part 2

We’re thrilled with how 2016 went, so we want to take the chance to look back and celebrate some of our achievements before looking onward to 2017.  We hope you enjoy the ride!

If you missed Part One of our Year-In-Review blog, check it out here!

Year-In-Review: Part 1

We’d planned on this year-end post being just one entry, but after looking at all the things we accomplished together in 2016, it was impossible to narrow it down.  So we decided to bring you two posts about our year to make sure we didn’t miss too much!  Thanks for reading, and thanks for being a part of such a great year! 

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is already coming to a close, but as the year ends we’d like to take the chance to look back at some of the incredible accomplishments we’ve had together.  We hope you’ll enjoy this trip down memory lane as much as we did!

Anna’s Journey with Dandy Walker Syndrome

With every day that goes by, the Lopez family continues to be amazed by the development of their 2 year old daughter.  When she was younger, doctors told them that she would never walk. Anna was born with Dandy Walker Syndrome which is a congenital brain malformation involving the cerebellum at the back of the brain that controls movement. A young Anna underwent a surgery to put a shunt in her brain to help release the excess fluid.

Forest Heights and Qatar Center Success Stories

Taia has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for four years. She is an academic superstar! Taia loves coming to the Club so that she can get help with school work and continue to excel. Thanks to her time at Stride Academy, Taia has improved her Reading and Language Arts grades, and she has made some great advancements in the process. She is now an Honor Roll student and strives to be great!  Taia was even awarded a certificate for having the highest score on the 3rd Grade Reading State Assessment for our Club.  It was also the highest score in her school!

Parker's Success Story

Parker packed her four children, including 18-month-old Avery, into her car and drove from Texas to Mississippi.  She didn't know where she was going or how they would get there, but she knew it was time to leave the abusive relationship she'd been caught in.  She knew that she and her children all deserved a better life.


Disaster Relief Fund

United Way of South Mississippi Disaster Relief Fund


After witnessing firsthand the incredible generosity our country showed during and after Hurricane Katrina, we feel called to extend that same helping hand to those who have been impacted by recent flooding in our region.

United Way of South Mississippi is now accepting monetary donations to assist those who have been impacted by flooding in our region.  The road to recovery is not one paved with brick and mortar, but forged from time, money and a determination to move forward.


Recommended books for teachers, readers, & mentors

Are you looking for some fun books to read with a student? Consider some of the books below.

For additional ideas, consult your local library or check out the National Education Association’s Educator’s Top 100 Children’s Books;’s Kids’ Reading Lists; the International Reading Association’s Children’s Choices Booklist; and lists published by Parents Magazine.