JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Some Jackson parents often struggle to provide the basics for their children.
It’s even tougher if those students are involved in school activities that come with a hefty price.
One south Jackson organization is working to fill the gap and help parents keep students on track to success.
"I see that they really want to help us and support us in what we're doing," said Wingfield High School cheerleader Kendra Sutton.
The eleventh grader is grateful for funding from the Association of South Jackson Neighborhoods, money to pay for cheerleading uniforms at her school.
ASJN will also donate football uniforms to their rivals the Forest Hill Patriots.
The neighborhood organization reaches out to the schools in their district to find out their needs.
“To keep the children off the streets and involved in activities like these that cost money that a lot of families in the community are not able to afford and we want to be able to help them do that,” said Cynthia Thompson with the Association of South Jackson Neighborhoods.
Jackson Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Laketia Thomas said the donations are a real benefit to students and their families.
"The schools can't do it alone," said Thomas. "So the collaborations with the communities really gives the students all around support. Not just support in the schools, but also when they go back into their homes and their communities".
This is Harry White’s first year on the cheerleading squad. The sophomore is inspired by support from the community.
"It makes me feel good to know that older people are giving back to the Jackson community and shed a better light on the Jackson Public School System," said White.
ASJN has donated laptops and other equipment to Forest Hill and Wingfield High Schools.
$500 in Essay Contest Scholarship funds were awarded in May.
According to Ward Six Councilman Aaron Banks, it's important for business partners of organizations like ASJN to see these efforts and continue their support.
"We know it's a pain out here," said Banks. "We know that it's hard out here and to have organizations like this just step up and to make sure that these things happen, it's just a plus".
The community group has recently donated nearly $7,500 to south Jackson schools.