Operation Education is an ongoing initiative by the Junior League of Huntsville to support schools, students, and other educational programs in our community. Some of the educational programs we are currently involved in include: supplying tornado affected schools with back-to-school supplies, assisting the Arts Council of Huntsville with their Creative Teaching Workshop, hosting a Teacher School Supply Drive in conjunction with Pump It Up! of Huntsville, and exploring college prep programs for high school students and their parents. We are dedicated to supporting public education throughout Madison County and providing teachers and students the tools for success.
A simple act of kindness … a beautiful dress … a deserving girl … a lifted spirit … a fresh purpose… This mantra of the Butterfly Project expresses the transformative mission of this JLH program, which rewards deserving high school girls across Huntsville and Madison County not only by outfitting them for their prom but, more importantly, by providing thousands of dollars in scholarship money toward their college careers. In the process, the lives and futures of these girls are changed—as is, ultimately, the community that we all share.
A large group of JLH members gather each month to help the Children First organization pack weekend meal packs for students at Morris Elementary School. Every Friday, teachers at the school give the meal packs to children who might not receive food at home over the weekend.
Every month, the members of the JLH C.A.M.P. team bring enrichment and excitement to the preschoolers at the Huntsville Child Care Center, operated by the Heart of the Valley YMCA to serve at-risk children of primarily low-income families. JLH members plan activities for these three- and four-year-olds that will be both educational and fun, whether it’s a pumpkin party at Halloween, a visit from Santa during the holidays, a field day in the spring, or a special performance by a local magician.
In Fall 2012, for the first time, in connection with Apple Annie, we held a Get Active Day, emphasizing the importance of exercise along with healthy eating habits. The event was free to the public, and included opportunities for children to participate in a bike ride, yoga instruction and a 1-mile fun run/walk. This year we are expanding this program and planning to partner with a local school and another non-profit to increase the scope of Get Active Day. Ultimately, the goal would be to bring the program into the school system and other non-profits whose focus is also on children's well being.
The Junior League of Huntsville's Helping Hands committee provides volunteer services to local charitable organizations and assists at various community events. Community partners who receive Helping Hands assistance are local, not-for-profit organizations who complement JLH’s Mission and share a passion for our focus areas: Education, Health and Women & Children. Helping Hands also assists other Junior League committees to "fill in the gaps" when the need arises.
Members of this Junior League committee assist the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library in staging its Summer Reading Program. During the 2012 summer program, the library welcomed more than 25,000 children at its twelve branches to read and learn about topics from DNA to search-and-rescue animals to rocket science, all while celebrating the power of reading.
One of the longest-running traditions in the Junior League of Huntsville, the Rainbow Rhythm Band has been entertaining and uplifting audiences in and around Huntsville for decades. Throughout the year, they take their washboard band and lively music to schools, nursing homes, community events, and other groups that need a little sunshine and song.