Laurel schools receive United Way awards
Several schools in the Laurel School District received recognition at the United Way of the Pine Belt Region’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Mason Elementary School was presented the Spirit of Giving Trophy awarded to the Laurel school with the largest percentage increase in giving over the previous year's United Way campaign. Laurel Middle School, Maddox Elementary School, Nora Davis Magnet School and Mason Elementary School were each awarded a President’s Award of Excellence for having a 25 percent increase in giving over the previous year’s campaign. During the event, Superintendent Dr. Toy L. Watts was elected to serve on the board of directors for the United Way of the Pine Belt Region.
Each year the Laurel School District employees participate in the United Way of the Pine Belt Region’s Pacesetter Campaign along with 14 other companies and organizations. The Pacesetter Campaign is held to set the pace for the remainder of the United Way’s annual campaign. This year, the Laurel School District employees pledged over $10,000 toward this year’s community goal. The United Way of the Pine Belt Region is the fundraising arm for qualifying human service agencies in five counties in the state of Mississippi. Those counties are Covington, Jasper, Jones, Smith and Wayne.