Education

  More than 700 participate in first ‘Farm to Fork Ride or Run’ for Extra Table

Hundreds of people turned out Saturday morning to raise money to help feed hungry people in Mississippi.

  Former NBA player surprises Jefferson Davis County teachers with gifts

  Hattiesburg students learn about post-graduation opportunities at Transition Fair

  Top of Class back on track at Jones College

  Hattiesburg High School student wins speech state championship

  Library in Richton providing multiple ways to give back

  Perry County celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

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  Laurel Christian robotics team places 4th in state

  MDOC Corrections Commissioner speaks at local church in Columbia

First-year WCU medical student chosen for Emerging Leader Institute

  Little Montessori holds event teaching kids with Montessori style

  Camp Shelby Army Reserve unit gets new commander

  ‘Science Saturday’ hosted at YouthCares

  Richton School District prepares for summer school

The district will have an in-person summer program for its students who may have fallen behind in classes due to the COVID-19.

  Coding academies working to fill vast openings in state’s tech industry

As the tech industry grows, there is a high demand for coders.

  Hattiesburg students learn about 60s, 70s counterculture with ‘Woodstock’ event

Students at Sacred Heart High School learned about the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s Friday by participating in an annual “Woodstock” festival.

  Students rehearse for JC production of ‘Godspell’ set for this weekend

Jones College is about to host its first live musical theater production since the beginning of the pandemic.

  USM College of Nursing to hold recognition & pinning ceremony at Hattiesburg church

  Mississippi population loss potential factors: healthcare and education

  West Jones Elementary teacher wins Golden Apple Award

  Perry Central senior earns National Exchange Club’s Student of Year

  Old Ellisville Elementary School building undergoing renovations for alternative school

  Tuition at Miss. public universities continues to rise

Virtual town hall on vaccines to be held for Miss. university students

The town hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last until 8 p.m.

  Pine Belt residents turn in old meds during National Drug Take Back Day

Residents came drop off as many prescription bottles or boxes as they wanted, with no questions asked.

  Volunteers pick up litter in Hattiesburg during Great American Cleanup

About one dozen volunteers gathered at Duncan Lake to participate.

  ‘Heroes Walk’ for Hope Clinic held as virtual event

Fundraising walk Saturday to benefit a Hattiesburg clinic was rescheduled as a virtual, rather than an in-person event.

  Petal Indoor Percussion performs for community after canceled competition

Petal Indoor Percussion decided to bring its performance to the community after a canceled competition.

  College food pantries keep students focused on class, not food

Some college students have more to think about these days than just taking exams and making good grades.

WCU 2021 spring art exhibit now on display

The 2021 Art Student Exhibit is now on display at WCU's Hattiesburg campus.

  PRCC unveils medical simulation lab

The lab features an emergency room, a surgical unit and a rehabilitation center.

Hattiesburg High School having a traditional graduation this year

The commencement ceremony will take place on May 28 at the Reed Green Coliseum.

  Tips for parents to help children learn during pandemic

Has the pandemic hindered your child from growing academically?

  Tuition set to increase at most Mississippi public universities

College tuition prices are rising but there are options out there to cut some of the costs.

  Thrift store benefiting Petal animal shelter officially opens

A new thrift store that supports a Petal animal shelter had its official opening Tuesday.

  Multi-million dollar grant will address nurse educator shortage

Nurse educators are in short supply in Mississippi. Because of that, nursing schools often can't accept all of the qualified applicants each year.

  West Jasper School District planning improvements with federal funds

Superintendent Warren Woodrow talks about plans for federal funds being allocated to the district.

  PRCC to welcome potential students at ‘Wildcat experience’

Hundreds of potential students will gather on the Poplarville campus to “experience” college life.

  Hattiesburg Zoo’s Science Sunday to focus on strawberry DNA

Children will have a tasty way to conduct scientific experiments on Sunday, April 18 at the Hattiesburg Zoo.

  Pine Belt residents dispose of hazardous household waste at “Right Way to Throw Away Day”

It was a drive-thru event, allowing residents to drop off waste products at no charge.

Participants needed for USM, Tougaloo COVID-19 impact study

The research study will aim to show how young adults dealt with challenges brought on by the pandemic.

  West Jasper School District continues state testing through April

This year, schools were given a larger testing window by the state

  Shelby museum staff react to opening of National WWI Memorial

The museum, at Camp Shelby, has an extensive exhibit on Mississippi’s role in that conflict.

  Perry County School District partners with Kamp Joy to boost emotional wellness

The Perry County School District is partnering with Kamp Joy to host events that promote both social and emotional well-being in kids.

  Miss. lawmakers increase funding for Early Learning Collaboratives

The funding will mean increased access to quality education and opportunities for the state’s pre-kindergarten kids.

  James Meredith speaks at Jones College

Monday evening civil rights activist James Meredith addressed students at Jones College.

USM Children’s Center cheers on Hattiesburg Half Marathon runners

One of the nonprofit organizations that benefited from the Hattiesburg Half Marathon, 10K and 5K held Saturday offered some very special encouragement to runners who were participating.

  USM to hold in-person commencement ceremonies for 2020, 2021 graduates

The University of Southern Mississippi is excited to announce its in-person graduation for spring 2021.

Jones College launches Online Workforce College

The Online Workforce College provides training opportunities to the citizens of Jones, Covington, Smith, Wayne, Jasper, Greene, Clarke and Perry counties.

  Virtual tours offer students insight into state’s history at the Two Mississippi Museums

Six Mississippi History and six Civil Rights museum tours are offered.

  Southern Miss FCA to host ‘Cars on a Mission’ fundraiser

The fundraiser will take place Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  Christian Services hosts annual Easter Fun Day

The event took place at the organization’s main offices on East Second Street.

  Few children turn out for annual Lion’s Easter Egg hunt

Less than two dozen children came to the 73rd Community Easter Egg Hunt.

  USM earns national recognition for education certification program

The University of Southern Mississippi is earning national recognition for turning out National Board Certified Teachers.

  Perry County School Dist. holds recruitment fair for vacant positions

The district is looking to fill positions including teacher’s assistants, counselors and teachers.

  WCU School of Education receives two Governor’s Awards

William Carey's Alternate Route to Teaching Program was recognized by the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education.

  WCU med school gets 3 top 10 rankings from U.S. News and World Report

The report also ranks WCU as the fifth-best for locating graduates in medically underserved areas.

Southern Miss celebrates Founders’ Day

Students, faculty and alumni at the University of Southern Mississippi are celebrating 111 years of the black and gold in the Hub City.

Top of Class 2021: Schedule of Events

Top of Class 2021 will be held on Wednesday, May 5, on the campus of Jones College.

  3 Southern Miss students receive Goldwater Scholarship

Three University of Southern Mississippi students have been recognized with a prestigious scholarship for their research efforts.

  Laurel dedicates week to early childhood development

The city and local organizations are raising awareness about the importance of early childhood development.

  USM student receives surprise Make-A-Wish party after cancer battle

USM sophomore Clancy Slay overcame cancer and is now in remission. On Sunday, she received a party through Make-A-Wish Mississippi.

  ‘Crossroads’ exhibit opens for six-week run in Columbia

A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution that explores life in small-town USA has officially opened in Columbia.

Collins’ Express Care offering COVID shots with no appointment needed Sunday

You have one more day to get a free, drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine in Collins without an appointment.

  Hattiesburg schools recognized at Governor’s Awards

Several Hattiesburg Public School District schools were among those honored Friday at the 19th annual Governor’s Awards

  USM holds ribbon-cutting for Southern Station

The venue will hold events for students and will be utilized on gamedays.

  Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for William Carey’s King Student Center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new King Student Center, which is named in honor of William Carey President Dr. Tommy King and his wife, Sandra.

  Jackson State Alumni Association of Hattiesburg to host scholarship fundraiser

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 23.

  Senate approves bill allowing Petal sales tax referendum

Petal residents may soon get the chance to vote on a proposed 3% sales tax increase on restaurants in the city.

  Moselle Elementary teacher wins Golden Apple Award

This month’s WDAM and TEC’s Golden Apple Award winner is Moselle Elementary School teacher Terri Shoemake.

  R3SM gets Big Event help from USM students

R3SM got some much-needed work done at its volunteer house.

  Match Day celebrated at WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine

The medical school’s faculty and staff hosted a small come-and-go reception at Tatum Court on Monday morning to congratulate students.

  USM students introduce opera to children around Hattiesburg

USM students continue to introduce opera to elementary schools.

Teacher pay raise much-needed in Mississippi, say educators

Teachers in Mississippi will soon be seeing an increase in salary and in their starting wage thanks to a bill that was passed by state lawmakers on Thursday.

USM students to participate in annual Big Event March 22-26

Instead of the traditional one-day effort, the 2021′s event will be spread out over five days.

  Pine Belt Habitat to host 4th charity golf tourney March 26

Dozens of golfers are expected to be on the Hattiesburg Country Club golf course next Friday, to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of the Pine Belt.

  Covington Dist. 4 residents remove trash from roadsides

Some residents of District Four in Covington County are stepping up efforts to clean up roadsides in their community.

  Forrest Tower photo exhibit documents government, medical response to pandemic

A new photo exhibit in downtown Hattiesburg is giving residents a unique look at the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Covington Hospital opening new vaccine clinic Monday

Covington County Hospital is opening a new drive-thru clinic in Collins to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

  USM students assist park service with site plan for historic slave market

Some USM students are helping the National Park Service develop a historic location in Natchez that was once the site of one of the largest slave markets in the South.

  LMSA principal making an impact in her school

Dr. Kiana Pendleton has been the principal at LMSA for the past three years.