2007 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) King
A RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE CITY OF PETAL, MISSISSIPPI, FOR BEING NAMED THE STATE'S FIRST "EXCEL BY FIVE" COMMUNITY.
WHEREAS, the City of Petal, Mississippi, is the first community in the state to be named an "Excel by Five" community; and
WHEREAS, Mississippi's First Lady Marsha Barbour joined with early childhood development experts and Chevron representatives to launch "Excel by Five"; and
WHEREAS, "Excel by Five" is a community-based educational program designed to improve a child's overall well-being by age five by setting forth a variety of standards involving parent training, community participation, child care and health by focusing on supporting prekindergarten children and their families; and
WHEREAS, Chevron funded this program with a $650,000.00 grant that will enable the program to be piloted in Cleveland, West Point, Petal and Pascagoula; and
WHEREAS, the Phil Hardin Foundation of Meridian has donated $35,000.00; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Barbour acknowledges that the success of "Excel by Five" will ultimately be determined by community support and participation; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of Petal are excited and honored to be the first city chosen by the "Excel by Five" program; and
WHEREAS, it is with great pride that we recognize and honor this city that is focused on improving the lives of its children:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend the City of Petal, Mississippi, for being named the state's first "Excel By Five" community.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be presented to the Mayor of Petal, Mississippi, and made available to the members of the Capitol Press Corps.