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Collaborative Partnerships

TPSD is privileged to work with area organizations and businesses that enrich our students' classroom experiences and support the good work our educators do every day. They have invested millions of dollars into our schools and thousands of hours as volunteers.

Association Of Excellence in Education (AEE)

A Brief History

The Association for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by a small group of individuals committed to the success of public education, specifically in Tupelo. This "Founders" group had an idea that private funds could be secured through individual and business memberships in A.E.E. and funneled directly back into the classroom through the awarding of teacher grants applied for to the A.E.E. Board.

This idea has grown over the last 30 years to a membership of 550 plus individuals, businesses, and civic groups; with over $3 million in grants funded by the Association for Excellence in Education. A.E.E maintains a diverse 15 member Board of Directors who oversees the everyday business of the Association. The annual selection of grants is handled by two separate grant committees (large and small) who are chosen from the A.E.E. membership to read and select the best grants to recommend to the Board. It is our constant goal of inclusion and transparency that has made us successful for so many years. We at A.E.E. have no paid staff and donate every dollar collected to the needs of the children in the Tupelo Public School District. We are proud of our history and the accomplishments made in this School District through the efforts of the many volunteers throughout the community who make all of it possible.

AEE Information

Mission Statement

The Association for Excellence in Education exists to support the physical and emotional needs of the children in the Tupelo Public School District. Established in 1983, A.E.E.'s primary function is to facilitate funds solicited from community contributions through innovative grants that are awarded annually. These grants affect approximately 7,200 students in Pre-K through 12th grade and enhance their educational needs. It is the goal of A.E.E. to continually work toward the constant improvement of public education not only in Tupelo but in the State of Mississippi and the Nation as well.

AEE Grant Guidelines

AEE Grant Application & Online Grant Submission Form

Complete the 2020-2021 Grant Application (Cover page 2, Project Description), 2020-2021 Budget Sheet and/or Guest Speaker Budget Sheet and save to your computer. Then, fill out the Online Grant Submission Form (this is cover page 1) and attach your grant application and budget sheets.

Teachers submit Letters of Intent to the Principals by November 15, 2019. Teachers submit Grant Applications to the Principals by January 25, 2020.

All grants must be submitted by February 7, 2020. If you have questions. please email Teresa Gregory .Thank you for submitting a grant.



Online Grant Submission Form

To Donate

AEE Liaisons

2019/2020 school year AEE liaisons:
Carver: Meg Gibens
Joyner: Jack Reed, Jr.
Parkway: Meg Gibens
Thomas: Ashley McLellan, Leah Herndon
Lawhon: Brannon Kahlstorf, Parker Spees
Lawndale: Jessica Ridgway-Barnes, Lynne Mize
Pierce: Ashley McLellan, Michael Addison
Rankin: Leah Herndon, Summer Swinney
Milam: J. P. Rhea
TMS: Brannon Kahlstorf, Summer Swinney
THS: Chris Root
Tupelo Career Technical Center: Jessica Ridgeway- Barnes
ECEC: Leah Herndon
Fillmore Center: Chris Root

Current Grant Winners


Getting Involved For Teachers (G.I.F.T.)

G.I.F.T.- Participants from the Jim Ingram Community Leadership Institute, in conjunction with many community partners, established the TPSD specialty license plate as a fundraising effort to provide incentives for employees of the district. For more information please call 662.841.8850.

Deadline for G.I.F.T. application is May 5, 2019.

Application for G.I.F.T. Award for Non-Classroom Staff

Church Adoptions Program

Born of a shared belief that the community's support and involvement is vital to the success of our children and our schools, several local churches partnered with their neighborhood schools to provide tutoring, after-school activities, and other services recommended by the school's administration.
If your church would like to join the existing successful partnerships listed at right, please contact Gregg Ellis. We value and appreciate your commitment and interest in the success of our students.
Carver Elementary School
Calvary Baptist

First Presbyterian

Joyner Elementary School
St Luke Methodist
Oak Ridge Christian Church
Parkway Baptist
First United Methodist

West Jackson Baptist

Lawndale Elementary School
Lawndale Presbyterian

Lawhon Elementary School
East Heights Baptist

St Mark Methodist

Thomas Street Elementary
West Main Church of Christ

Helping Hands

Junior Auxiliary

The Junior Auxiliary of Tupelo believes that each child is important. Through many projects, their members share love, time, and resources needed to help each child be his or her best. Programs such as the Clothes Closet, Class Crowns and School Aid are very important to TPSD.

For More information:

United Way

Pathways To Professionals

Catch Kids, Inc.

CATCH Kids, Inc.- CATCH Kids, Inc. offers school and community-based clinics in Northeast Mississippi. Children under 18 can be seen for free by local healthcare professionals who volunteer their time. Currently, CATCH Kids, Inc. has a school-based clinic at Milam Elementary.

Family Resource Center of Tupelo

Family Resource Center of Tupelo- FRC of Tupelo provides quality educational support services in a family based and child-friendly environment to promote healthy families and communities.