HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The nearly 700 students at N.R. Burger Middle School in Hattiesburg are in need of a new auditorium, but instead they're receiving a transploreum.
That is a combination of a transportation museum and an auditorium. Most of the construction funding for the project comes from a $640,000 federal highway grant.
A portion of the building will include a tribute to Pine Belt transportation history. A committee has been formed to collect items with educational significance. John Simpson is the chairman of the Hattiesburg Transploreum Committee.
"We hope to have a lot of artifacts and pictures and we hope people will donate a lot of those things that they have laying around that our kids will be able to learn from," said Simpson.
The auditorium part of the facility will be used for student performances, assemblies and community functions. Students can begin using the transploruem in November.