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Pride of the Pine Belt: First week at DuBard

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Classes for the 2011-2012 academic year began Wednesday at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at Southern Miss.

Eighty students ages three to fifteen with severe language and speech issues are ready to learn.

Maureen Martin, Director of the DuBard School, said the goal is to help these kids gain the skills and confidence they need to transition into their local school districts.

According to Martin, "It's very intensive speech language therapy that starts from the time they walk in the morning and ends when they walk out the door in the afternoon. This is different than thirty minutes twice a week in a typical schedule of speech therapy. These children with their complex needs, need that more intensive service."

And even though it's only the first week of school, these students jumped right into mastering their various subject areas. In one classroom students were busy writing stories, while in another reading and spelling were on the agenda.

"You know I think that people in the world of education have two New Years Days. You know one is January one, a fresh start. And the other one is the first day of school," said Martin.

Martin said the new school year represents hope and big accomplishments ahead for the DuBard School.

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