Prince Edward to visit Jackson

Published 10:47 am Friday, May 16, 2008

JACKSON (AP) — Great Britain’s Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, will be in Jackson May 22-23 to raise money for a mentoring program and to present medals to about 80 students.

Edward will meet with the inaugural Mississippi class of recipients in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program.

The mentoring program promotes community service, physical recreation and skill development.

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Students from Oxford High, Lafayette High and Water Valley High schools will receive medals. Gov. Haley Barbour and his wife, Marsha, will join him for the presentation on May 23 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

On May 22, a $1,000-per-couple evening fundraiser at a private Jackson residence will benefit the startup program in Mississippi.