New Moss Point volunteer group helps students make the grade

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A new Moss Point volunteer group wants to help the local school district increase state tests and encourage students to learn.

"You know that old saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child.' It takes a community to educate a child," Jackson County Supervisor Melton Harris said.

Some of Moss Point's leaders are now part of the New P16 Community Council. Members are volunteering to help Moss Point's students make the grade. Supervisor Melton Harris is one of the volunteers.

"We can see significant gains in the high school tests, and I think additional work will be done with the middle school and lower school level to bring them up. And I think it will be a matter of time before that happens."

Pascagoula Audubon Center Director Mark LaSalle is a leading member of the team. He said part of the strategic plan is to also increase parent and community involvement.

"There is somewhat of a disconnect sometimes between the actual community, the school, the family, and students participating in the school district.  We are here to strength that and make that direct connection," LaSalle said.

The connection involves creating programs and extracurricular activities that build leadership and nurture young talent in the district.

"One thing I look forward to doing this year is implementing a multicultural festival. We want represent all different types of countries and have foods, and games and activities and open the minds of our students," teacher Franchesca Jones said.

The volunteers said turning these dreams into reality for the district won't be easy, but they're willing to do all they can to support the city's future leaders.

"We know we have a challenge and we want to improve that challenge," LaSalle said.

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