HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A commercial cleaning company not only keeps things clean for Oak Grove Middle School, but it also contributes to the academic success of the students. Jani-King is a business invested in supporting the education system in a big way.
Patrick Gray, Principal at Oak Grove Middle School, said he is thankful for a $5,000 donation from Jani-King to buy his students more Chromebooks.
“It means everything,” Gray said. “It means so much that a business like Jani-King would not only accept the challenge of helping our students, but they did it without hesitation. They will be used to supplement all program instruction for any programs and used to enhance techniques in the classroom.”
Jani-King franchise owners, Sharon and Willie Brinson, said not only are they contracted with the school district, their kids learned in those same classrooms. They said they wanted to give back to the school district.
“We love to give back," Willie said. “We not only give back to the schools, but we give back to local churches as well.”
“Lack of funding makes it difficult for not only classroom teachers, but administrators,” Gray said. “We must become very creative and provide all our students with equal educational opportunities.”
The principal said with such a large population at the school, the Chromebooks will ease the load and be used in other educational areas. Gray said the donation will help the school purchase about 25 Chromebooks.
“We know how important education is, and we feel like the Chromebooks will be very important,” Sharon said.