Madison Cross Roads “Thinking Outside the Box” project gaining national attention, funds

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A local teaching tool concept is on the fast track and gaining national attention.

At the start of the school year, WHNT News 19 introduced you to Madison Cross Roads Elementary School Principal Russ O'Rear and his latest scholarly scheme, "Thinking Outside the Box." It is a customized box containing engaging activities mailed once a month to a student's home.

The playful packages come with a hefty price tag. In two months time, though, this project already has a sponsor.

"This initiative will primarily be sponsored by one organization and it's a national organization and we're really excited to partner with them," said O'Rear.

School administrators will make the official announcement on Thursday at the school's "FAMJAM" event. They will also divulge the grant provider and amount. Parents will then be able to sign up for the project. The plan is to ship the first boxes in the next month.

"We have an amazing staff at Madison Cross Roads," said O'Rear. "It makes it a lot easier when you have a joint effort with everyone involved. Our teachers have really worked hard to make sure this initiative would be successful. They've come up with some great boxes. They're going to be awesome for the kids to participate in."

It is all with the goal of helping students to bring the classroom home.

"I'm just excited for our kids because to see their faces light up when I show them the box," he said. "I had one ask me 'we're going to get that in the real mail?' I said 'yes, in the real mail with your name on it."

The deadline for Madison Cross Roads parents to sign up for the October shipment is Friday. Registration will continue after that, but for the November packages.