Academic Assistance Group to Review Teacher Grant Applications

Pictured with Tamara Day [right], Donna Laseter—the mother of PBHS junior Isaac—was recently elected to succeed Dr. Larry Kimbrow as AAG president.


Applications will soon be sent out to Poplar Bluff High School faculty so they can submit mini-grant requests to the Academic Assistance Group (AAG), which will select what field trips, equipment and other projects to fund during its next board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in conference room 101 at Senior High.

Established in 1990, according to school records, the AAG is the ‘booster club’ for all academic departments and functions at PBHS. Its mission is to supplement the instructional needs of teachers that may not have been included in applicable budgets, or educational opportunities that may have arisen during the school year.

“A lot of the time teachers just don’t have the resources or have limited classroom budgets,” said PBHS guidance counselor Tamara Day, who serves as a school liaison to the AAG board. “The Academic Assistance Group comes in so [teachers] are not having to pay for things out of pocket.”

Last spring, the AAG purchased a wireless buzzer system for the Academic Team, new books for students of the Graduation Center, and partially funded the Freedom Riders’ visit to historical places as well as subsidized a fieldtrip to Six Flags so science students can participate in Physics Day.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Poplar Bluff 5th & 6th Grade Center, the AAG will host its annual Academic Letter Banquet to recognize 188 students for making the A-honor roll, based on accumulative GPA from last school year. The nonprofit holds a Trivia Night every January as its primary fundraiser.

To donate directly to the AAG, contact Day by emailing or call 573-785-6471.