BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On Saturday, Coast families made their way to Lopez Elementary School for a day full of activities and Alice in Wonderland fun with Excel by 5.
Although a trip down the rabbit hole may seem like fun and games, Biloxi Councilman Paul Tisdale says there's a deeper meaning.
"Really, the primary focus is to have them prepared for school. All the activities and resources are free to the public and here on the Lopez campus. The Excel by 5 program is available with a number of activities and services for parents," said Tisdale.
According to the Mississippi Department of Education, students who attend public or private pre-k programs are more likely to start school prepared to learn. Excel by 5 enables children to learn skills to prepare them for success; both in and out of the classroom.
"It's really fun to come to the Excel center, and it's amazing that it's free because of the City of Biloxi," said parent Natalie Ricket. "There's lots of activities. We play games and read books. There are activity tables and all types of stuff for them to do, so it's really fun to come."
The organization plans to host another program in the coming months. For additional information, visit http://www.excelby5.com/biloxi.