United Way's Mission Acceleration Program helps students get back on track

HATTIESBURG, MISS. (WDAM) - It’s no question, COVID-19 has led to students spending extended periods of time out of the classroom.

United Way of Southeast Mississippi has adopted a program called The Mission Acceleration Program to help students get back on track with their learning.

Kari Lynn Somers, who is the United Way Director of Community Impact, says this program has helped the students in the Hattiesburg community in a big way.

“It’s a program based in research to help improve literacy and create a large increase in reading growth. And so that’s why its Mission Acceleration is because we are looking to really improve reading scores on a fast-track level in response to the learning loss that happened during the pandemic,” said Somers.

The K-5 program is available to students who currently attend First Star Academy, Tunjia’s Little One’s Center and TJ’s Learning Center in Hattiesburg.

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