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Jake Gill visits Jefferson Elementary
Students write songs with country music singer
Jake Gill at Jefferson
Country singer Jake Gill visits Jefferson Elementary School students on Wednesday, Sept. 23. He was invited to instructor Jami Reed’s third-grade classroom after choosing her as a winner of his Country Music Teacher Classroom Initiative, but Gill spent time with several classes that day.

County singer Jake Gill visited third-grade teacher Jami Reed’s classroom at Jefferson Elementary School as promised this past week, actually spending time with the entire school.

Parents of last year’s third graders nominated Reed for a program called the Country Music Teacher Classroom Initiative.

Gill, a Reno County native who moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his singing career, created the program this year and has already helped some 60 teachers and classrooms who were nominated by parents. Mrs. Reed’s wish list for her classroom is posted on, where items purchased will be shipped directly to her. To view the wish list visit

In addition to helping Reed secure some items on her wish list for her classroom, Gill promised to visit the school and make some music with the kids.

Gill is a member of the Country Music Association. His fifth studio album is titled, “Maverick in Me.” 

“We had an assembly out on the (Jefferson) basketball court for the entire school,” Reed said. “It was a positive and uplifting presentation. After the assembly, Jake spent time allowing the kids to brainstorm ideas on song writing.”

Ms. Reed’s third-grade class wrote a song about their teacher, she said.

“It was a funny song. Mrs. Demel’s third-grade class wrote a song about a Christmas puppy. Mrs. Foster’s 2nd grade, Ms. Brooks's class and Ms. Miller’s class also wrote and sang a song with Jake Gill. He spent one hour in each of these classrooms.”

Reed said Gill plans to visit Jefferson Elementary School again in the future so that all classes will get a chance to participate.