Super Saturdays make learning fun for all

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Ten-year-old Chance Garrison is an enthusiastic student that loves the arts.

"He loves school activities, anything where he can absorb a little more information. So, we try to attend everything that the school's got going on," said Chance's mother, Lisa Garrison.

Chance is also autistic. Art gives him a way to express himself and interact with others.

"It gives him an outlet to be creative. It lets him burn some energy, and it gets us out of the house for a little bit," said Garrison.

One way Chance can find activities and do art is through events like the Pascagoula School District's Super Saturday.

"The purpose of Super Saturday is to bring the community back to our school, provide them an opportunity to see the work that's being done," said Pascagoula School District Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich.

The latest Super Saturday put a spotlight on the arts. Each school in the district had a booth showing off its art programs. Parents and kids could paint, play and even make origami cranes that will be sent to Japan.

"It keeps kids focused and helps them stay with their studies. We have to keep them focused. As parents, that's our job," said Garrison.

"This school district is a part of this community, and we provide a lot more than just the ABC's and 123's. We're a widely diverse school district with a lot of opportunities for children," said Rodolfich.

The Super Saturdays show kids, like Chance, that learning can take many forms. Teachers volunteer to run the booths and help out each event.

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