AT&T SPONSORS NEW PROGRAM AT SEAMAN HIGH SCHOOL

TOPEKA (May 17, 2018) — Each year, AT&T funds $1 million to the JAG National Program and that funding is distributed to JAG State Affiliate Programs. In Kansas, AT&T donated $30,000 to sponsor a new JAG-K program at Seaman High School for the  2017-18 school year.

Seaman High School Principal, Mike Monaghan, summarized the first year as a JAG-K school saying,

“The JAG-K Program, under the leadership of Craig Rocastle and Michael Munoz has had a significant impact on our students in terms of attendance, academic achievement, school connectedness, leadership and service to the community.”

Over the past five years, AT&T has sponsored new programs at high schools in Kansas City, Kansas and in the Topeka area at Seaman and Shawnee Heights High School.

“AT&T has been a phenomenal partner at both the national and state levels,” said JAG-K President/CEO Chuck Knapp. “Over the years, they have been responsible for supporting thousands of students, who have benefited immensely by the opportunity to be part of the JAG and JAG-K programs.”

Mike Scott, President of AT&T Kansas, has served on the JAG-K Board of Directors since September 2015.

JAG-K is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that partners with students facing various barriers to success, helping them graduate high school and on to a successful career path. JAG-K currently has 68 programs in 33 Kansas school districts, serving more than 3,100 students.

The organization is expanding in 2018-19 to include new programs in Beloit, El Dorado, Goodland, Shawnee Mission, and Topeka. Funding for the program primarily comes from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dollars, administered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

JAG-K is an affiliate of the national JAG program that operates in 34 states and territories. In addition to school districts, JAG-K partners with DCF and the Kansas State Department of Education. JAG-K also relies on private funds from contributors including AT&T, John Deere, Aetna Foundation, and Amerigroup Foundation. Anyone interested in more information about JAG-K may visit the website at www.jagkansas.org.

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