Mondays with Mendenhall - Feb. 4, 2019
Hope you had a Super Weekend!
Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend the Bridges Out of Poverty workshop here in Muskogee. The workshop was incredible and explained how a local program in Muskogee is reducing generational poverty.
I was not aware that the largest share of the nearly 15,000 households in Muskogee have an income of less than $10,000. The national poverty rate was 12.3-percent in 2018 with Oklahoma’s poverty rate at 16.3-percent and Muskogee with a poverty-rate of 23.59-percent.
I share that to remind each of us, myself included, that we may not always know what is influencing our students, our co-workers or others that we come across each day.
Every one of us however is empowering our students with the tools to better themselves. Knowledge is power and critical thinking skills that we help our students develop today can last a lifetime. We are making a difference and must continue to do so for the betterment of not only our students but also our community.
Earlier that day I had the opportunity to accept a $1,500 check from TTCU on behalf of Muskogee Public Schools as part of the School Pride® Visa Debit Card Program. TTCU has donated more than $1 million to Oklahoma Schools through this program and thanks to many of you who have a Muskogee School Pride card we are able to receive donations as we did Thursday.
Have a great week!
Dr. Jarod Mendenhall
Muskogee Public Schools