H'burg students participate in summer academy

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - For the first time this year, the Hattiesburg Public School District is hosting a summer enrichment academy for students entering the third through sixth grades.

On Thursday, students were learning about the countries of China and Mexico at N.R. Burger Middle School. Eighty five students are participating in the academy based on the recommendations of the district's elementary school counselors.

Students were identified by counselors due to state test score results. Kids in the enrichment program either tested advanced or nearly proficient in the subjects of language, reading, math and science.

Lakeisha Stokes is the Assistant Principal at Rowan Elementary School. She is helping to run the month long academy.

"So this summer we are focusing on using a small pool of students because our goal is to, as it's been an initiative for the district, our goal is to be able to collect that data and see how it transfers into the new year," said Stokes.

The program also features downtown field trips, two meals a day and transportation to and from the middle school. It wraps up on July first.

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