It is with a heavy heart that due to the current unprecedented global health crisis, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Gardens of Madison County event. We hope you understand that the safety and well-being of everyone involved is our first priority during this pandemic.
At this time we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, tour homeowners and sponsors for their hard work and generosity!!
Parents & Teachers Association
April 29 to May 1, 2016
We would like to invite and encourage each MRA family to participate in our annual school fundraiser, “The Gardens of Madison County.” This is the school's primary fundraiser that not only allows the school to raise funds needed to keep tuition affordable, but also provides MRA with positive publicity in our community. The event is scheduled to start on April 29, 2016, with the annual Garden Party, followed by the Garden Tour on April 30-May 1, 2016. We need the support of all MRA patrons with this event as it continues to grow each year. Please take a moment to look over the many committees that are offered and sign up to help with this wonderful event. Remember it takes all of us to make it happen, and we need your help!! If you have questions, please contact either of us. We look forward to hearing from all of you and thanks so much for your help!
Many blessings, Becca Dickerson and Alison Horner Chairs, 2015 Gardens of Madison County
Mark Alexander is entering his 13th year in the coaching profession and fifth at MRA. After spending his first two seasons at MRA as an assistant coach for the girls basketball program, Alexander moved to the boys program. He serves as the junior high head coach and high school assistant coach. In addition, he is the golf coach and sports information director. The Jackson native played basketball at Belhaven for one year before transferring to Mississippi State, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Sports Communication. He was a manager for the men’s basketball team, which won the SEC championship in 1991 under Richard Williams. Alexander was a sports writer for 15 years, working at The Starkville Daily News and The Clarion-Ledger, and also dabbled in sports radio prior to joining the coaching ranks. He came to MRA after spending three seasons at Starkville Academy, where he was the boys high school and junior high head basketball coach and golf coach. In 2012-13, Alexander was named the area coach of the year by the Starkville Daily News and Columbus Dispatch after leading the Volunteers to their first winning season in five years. Starkville Academy finished third in the state in Division II that season and advanced to the Academy AAA state tournament for the first time in nine years. Alexander coached at Manchester for one season, leading the Mavericks to 17 wins and garnering District coach of the year honors. Prior to returning back to his home state, Alexander coached at Silverdale Baptist Academy and Tennessee Temple Academy in Chattanooga, TN. At Tennessee Temple, he served as the athletic director and boys and girls head basketball coach in his final year after serving numerous other roles his first two years there. He was the lead assistant for the boys team during back-to-back Class A State tournament appearances. In 2008-09, Alexander was named the District coach of the year after guiding the Lady Crusaders to 17 wins and a share of the district title in his first season as head coach. Along with his experience in basketball and golf, he has also coached football, girls fast-pitch softball, volleyball and cross country. He has two sons, Ryan (21) and Landon (11).