Riverside Military Academy Dedicates Generous Gifts to Enhance Cadet Experience

Ellen DeFoor
GAINESVILLE, GA -- Riverside Military Academy (RMA) students now have access to two new and improved dayrooms within the barracks and additional classroom resources thanks to generous gifts from Billy and Mary Lou Jones.

“The renovated dayrooms include modernized space with comfortable furnishings and seating, along with new technology for entertainment and recreational use by the students. This has encouraged the boys to come out of their rooms and socialize with others during evening and weekend free-time,” according to Commandant Adam Carter. “As we strive to provide the best possible educational experience for our cadets, we are grateful to Mr. Jones and the impact of his generosity.”

At a dedication on December 1, RMA unveiled the newly named Jones Family Dayroom, given in honor of Mrs. Mary Lou Jones, as well as the Jones Family Classroom, given in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Jones’ daughter, Laytona Jones Owens, a former teacher.

“Teachers rarely have all the materials needed for their classrooms. Mr. Jones recognized this need and made a generous donation to the Academics Department for the provision of classroom resources,” according to Dean Cathy Moore.   

These donor initiatives align with RMA’s five-year strategic plan, which was designed to help students reach their highest potential. The plan includes five strategic priorities: cadet experience, culture of family, collaborative environment, enrollment management, and resource management.

If you are interested in learning more about naming or other opportunities to fulfill your philanthropic goals by donating to help develop young men for success in college and life, please contact Ellen DeFoor, Vice President for Advancement, at 770-538-2924 or visit our website at riversidemilitary.com.


Riverside Military Academy (RMA), established in 1907, is one of the nation's premier all-boys college preparatory schools. RMA, serving young men in grades 6-12, is located in the city of Gainesville, GA, less than 60 miles from the heart of Atlanta.. Our distinctive military structure, academic rigor, as well as athletics, leadership, and character development programs enhance the overall educational experience while producing young men of character, sound judgment, and a commitment to excellence.