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JumpStart: The Back to School Jam

JumpStart: The Back to School Jam

More than 500 children were provided with back to school essentials during the Jackson Medical Mall’s first JumpStart: The Back to School Jam.  JumpStart was the city of Jackson’s earliest Back to School event and took place on July 16, 2016.  The mission for JumpStart was to provide children with the essentials that they need to have a jumpstart into the new school year with the necessities like health screening, immunizations and school supplies, all while celebrating the arts.

The state of Mississippi requires children to receive immunizations prior to starting school. The Jackson Medical Mall, in partnership with the Hinds County Health Department, provided immunizations for school-age children during JumpStart.

In addition to the health and recreational services that were provided, JumpStart afforded youth a platform to exhibit their talent and artistic abilities in a visual art contest and a performing arts talent showcase.  High kicks, high notes and high energy defined the event’s grand finale, the talent show hosted by actor and singer Jacob Latimore.  Winners received cash prizes and backpacks filled with school supplies.

A special thanks goes to the judges, volunteers and sponsors who contributed to the success of this event.