Lamar County Schools, in conjunction with The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), received a $1,000 donation from Samís Club for Early Connections Learning Center, a pre-K early intervention program.
Early Connections, a collaborative effort between Lamar County Schools and IDS, provides intensive development and pre-academic instruction for children six weeks to four years of age and serves as a model pre-K program for school districts across the state.
Research is being conducted on factors that are most predictive of school readiness across a culturally diverse group of young children, including those with disabilities, said program director Dr. Jane Siders.
Siders said the Samís Club contribution will be used to support literacy activities at the center. For more information about the program call 601-266-5163.
Samís Club recently made a $1,000 donation to the Early Connections Learning Center program, a collaborative effort between Lamar County Schools and the Southern Miss IDS. Pictured from to left right: Anita Guinn, Samís marketing team leader; Becky Hurston, Parents as Teachers Coordinator with the Lamar County School District, and Ricky Atkinson, Samís Club membership manager. (Submitted photo)
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