The Piney Woods School President Kicks Off National Fundraising Drive on “News One Now with Roland Martin”

As the historic Piney Woods School enters its second century, celebrities and other influential supporters of the 106-year old Mississippi college-preparatory boarding school are coming together to raise awareness and funds to aid the institution in continuing its mission of equipping the “Head, Heart and Hands” of disadvantaged youth of color to excel academically, socially and to become leaders in the 21st century global economy.
 
The Piney Woods School President Dr. Will Crossley (a former Obama Administration appointee) kicked off a “Give From Your Heart” national challenge on “News One Now with Roland Martin” on the TV One network to encourage the general public to donate to www.PineyWoods.org. A public service announcement campaign featuring Jussie Smollett from FOX TV’s “Empire” and a variety of gospel artists ranging from The Williams Brothers to Israel Houghton is in force at radio stations around the country to make further public appeals for tax-deductible donations to The Piney Woods School where 99% of the students attend on school-sponsored scholarships.
 
The “Give From Your Heart” awareness initiative will culminate with an all-star benefit concert that The Piney Woods School hopes will become an annual fundraiser. It takes place Saturday, June 6, 2015 at The New Horizon Church International in Jackson, MS, a neighboring city of Piney Woods. Laurence Clifton Jones founded the Piney Woods School in 1909.  A private, co-educational boarding school, Piney Woods creates a living and learning environment where students are expected to excel academically, and become civically engaged and socially responsible. Over 75% of the pupils hail from lower income and inner-city areas where the failing public school systems and negative peer pressure often inhibit them from accomplishing their life goals. However, after undertaking Piney Woods Schools’ rigorous educational, spiritual and vocational curriculums 99% of the graduating seniors are admitted to colleges and universities. It is one of only four predominantly African-American boarding schools in the U.S.A.