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DuBard students take the LEAP to improve their skills

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HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - School may be out for most kids this summer, but a few students are keeping their skills sharp during an intensive program at Southern Miss's DuBard School for Language Disorders.

It's called LEAP, which stands for Language Enhancement and Achievement Program. It's designed for students ages five through ten years old that need extra help with spelling and reading comprehension.

Some of the students in the LEAP program also have dyslexia. However, all the kids are normally enrolled in public or private schools during the academic year and they are participating in LEAP to get their language skills at the right level.

Madelaine Stafford is a LEAP teacher and she has been working to help three soon to be second graders improve their reading and spelling abilities.

According to Stafford, "I enjoy seeing that light bulb that goes off in the children's eyes when they've figured out how to read something."

Participants in LEAP are evaluated by DuBard specialists before they enroll in the program. Once registered, students attend the program four days out the week for six weeks in the summertime.

If you are interested in LEAP, after school programs are also available during the academic year. The deadline to register for the fall semester is August fifth. For more information call DuBard at 601-266-5223.

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