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Learning Huddle Hub assists with academic recovery

Press Release for Learning Huddle Hub


Learning Huddle Hub assists with academic recovery for K-3 students  

Local church takes action to help virtual learners 


JACKSON, Tenn. - Pastor Wayne Smith believes in the power of prayer. It’s the power of action, however, that has led his church to help virtual students in Jackson-Madison County during the coronavirus pandemic. Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church is assisting in academic recovery by hosting a Learning Huddle Hub nearly 16 hours per week. 


“As I spoke to certain members, many of whom are retired educators, they were willing to come in and give a few hours of their time. They understand that if our young people don’t get the basics, they’re lost. For us, this is about faith in action,” said Wayne Smith, pastor of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church.


Representatives from Pilgrim Rest, First Presbyterian Church, Englewood Baptist Church, Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, and Arise to Read Jackson met with JMCSS officials in October to develop the Learning Huddle Hub project. School principals from Andrew Jackson, Alexander, Arlington, Isaac Lane, Lincoln, and Rose Hill assisted Learning Huddle Hubs with identifying virtual learners in grades K-3 who showed a need for academic assistance. 


“Several of our community partners, in the early stages of our New Normal Initiative, communicated a desire to provide additional support for K-3 virtual learners. Our faith-based leaders are one facet of those partners and I am grateful for the added support they’re providing, Superintendent Dr. Marlon King said. 


Pilgrim Rest began its Learning Huddle Hub in November. Six virtual students are being assisted by retired educators Monday through Thursday at the church. The students log-in to their classes in real time while Learning Huddle Hub volunteers offer tutoring assistance. The church is providing compensation for their volunteers to ensure the Hub continues through the spring semester. 


“Churches are a great part of the community, and by that extension, a part of the school system. I thank the district for seeing that this can be a supplement to assist families. The only way that Jackson-Madison County will excel in the education area is when the community gets involved to assist the district in accomplishing its goals,” Pastor Smith said.