COLLINS, MS (WDAM) - Some high-achieving students in Collins got hot hamburgers and warm words of encouragement during an outdoor event to celebrate their scores on last year's state testing.
Dozens of students at Carver Middle School who scored either proficient or advanced were treated to a cookout during the lunch hour Wednesday.
During their meal, they were encouraged to continue their academic efforts by teachers, city leaders, law enforcement officials and members of the business community.
The school as a whole currenty has an "F" rating, but officials are trying to change that.
"We have a 120 kids that we're rewarding for scoring proficient and advanced," said Chad Little, principal of Carver Middle School. "We need to grow that number and that's why we're doing what we're doing. We're trying to motivate and give incentives, so that we can grow that number," he said.
"I think it motivates us to do better and make As and Bs and not fail," said Jamal Harper, an eighth grade student at the school.
"It's good to know all our hard work from last year paid off and I didn't think there would be so many students here (celebrating)," said Tashyra Arrington, another 8th grader at the school.
The school has a total of about 300 students.