HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A new Hattiesburg school for students with learning challenges will soon be able to serve even more children, thanks to support from the Asbury Foundation.
A grant of $139,000 helped the TIDE (The Institute for Diverse Education) School move from a small house in The Avenues to a larger facility at South 28th Avenue Baptist Church.
The money also paid for items such as computers for each of the school's 18 students.
Administrators hope to add two new grades to the school next year.
It opened last August.
"Most of our students have some sensory sensitivities and being in too close quarters can be really agitating," said Christie Brady, executive director of the TIDE School. "It's really nice for them to be in a bigger environment, they can really express themselves a little better and just be more comfortable with each other."
"(The school) feels nice, it's a bit more roomy," said Mark Holland, a seventh grader at the school.
"I like the school a lot, there's more space," said Lexie Ivey, who is in the eighth grade.
On Saturday, the school will host an all day music and food fundraising event called "Fin Fest" at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Facility.