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Pen pal program connects students from Moss Point to Uganda

Gifted students at Upper Escatawpa Elementary are connecting with students in Uganda through a pen pal project. (Photo source: Moss Point School District) Gifted students at Upper Escatawpa Elementary are connecting with students in Uganda through a pen pal project. (Photo source: Moss Point School District)
The third grade students are part of the LIFT program, the school's gifted program. (Photo source: Moss Point School District) The third grade students are part of the LIFT program, the school's gifted program. (Photo source: Moss Point School District)
(Photo source: Moss Point School District) (Photo source: Moss Point School District)
(Photo source: Moss Point School District) (Photo source: Moss Point School District)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Third grade gifted students in the LIFT program at Escatawpa Upper Elementary in Moss Point are bridging cultural gaps by connecting with students in Uganda through a pen pal project.

The project, which is being organized by Moss Point High graduate Vornita Harris, allows students to incorporate the Mississippi Department of Education's gifted outcomes and third grade benchmarks.

As they cover the literary and social studies benchmarks, students engage in the gifted outcomes of thinking skills, communications, group dynamics, self-directed learning, and research.

Harris will be honored for her efforts Saturday during a musical entitled "Christmas in Uganda." Proceeds from that celebration will be used to help build schools in the East African country.

"What better way to acquire and demonstrate the skills of friendly letter-writing than utilizing hands-on experiences while building relationships across the world," said Veronica Winters, the elementary school's LIFT teacher. "When the letters were received, the student's faces glowed with pure amazement. This meaningful partnership is one that we hope will extend learning far beyond the classroom." 

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