New after-school program at Perry Central High School

Full STEAM Ahead program provides students with hands-on experience.

New after-school program at Perry Central High School

PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Perry Central High School has a new program on the block for students to gain real-life experience in the course that they love.

The program is offered through the week and is called Full STEAM Ahead. Students are free to come to the after-school program at 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Perry Central High School. Students are also are offered to enroll in nine classes that include, science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Donavan Bradley, sophomore at Perry Central High, said he had a list to choose from but he chose to gain knowledge before he takes his ACT test.

“I chose ACT prep because I want to go to college,” said Bradley.

Dr. Jasmine Smith is one of the organizers for the Full Steam Ahead program and serves as the director of the curriculum and federal programs. Smith said that most students do not have a place to do fun things.

“This is a rural area, our kids don’t have Boys and Girls Clubs. They don’t have community centers where they can go and just hang out,” said Smith.

All participating kids travel from Beaumont, Runnelstown, New Augusta and several small communities like Janice and Little Creek in Perry County.

“We like to think of our after-school program as a career academy," Smith said. “Our students come and get an opportunity to experience what it’s like.”

Bradley and sophomore sophomores Chris Dye said they love the after-school program.

“Teaching us how to use tool safety and learn and power tools, hand tools, on how to strap on a safety harness,” said Dye.

“I love that program because it has many opportunities. I chose art and ACT prep, which is in this class for my second session,” said Bradley.

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