MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - There was something different at the annual Moss Point School District prayer breakfast this year. For the first time, city officials were invited. The hope is a new partnership between the city and its schools may lead to a brighter future for both.
There were words of thanks, and then a delicious breakfast, prepared and served by students in the Moss Point culinary arts program. No one went away hungry.
Mayor Aneice Liddell spoke to the crowd, calling the event a way to move in a different direction.
"It's always good to know that we have each other's back and that we are working together for the same common goal or common call, and that is to bring Moss Point together and bring the school system together so that we can all move forward," Mayor Liddell said.
Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis was there as well. He's a big fan of this new initiative.
"To be able to work hand in hand with the school officials with the same goal in mind, and that's improving our children's quality of life at this age to where we don't have to deal with them when they are older," Davis said. "So this is very important to me and the police department in working with the school district and the city officials to nurture our children."
Without a doubt, the Moss Point school system has faced challenges in the past, specifically when it comes to test scores. They've been low. But new superintendent Dr. John Ladner said that can be reversed. The key is to start young.
"We're trying to work with parents even before the children are enrolled in our schools, when they are four, three, two, and even one, and working with them through our Excel by Five programs to just make sure that our children are school ready," Ladner said.
More than 100 people attended Wednesday's event, which was held at the Pelican Landing Conference Center.