Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

State announces guidelines for free and reduced lunch
– The Mississippi Department of Education announced the United States Department of Agriculture income guidelines for free- and reduced-price school meals. Families who are unable to pay the full price of meals are encouraged to apply for benefits.
Meal applications and instructions for applying for meal benefits are sent home with each student during registration or on the first day of attendance. To apply for the meal benefits, each household should fill out the application and return it to the school or institution. Additional copies of the application are available at the administrative office of each facility.
Homeless, migrant or runaway youth are categorically eligible for free meals.
Free kits available to early educators
– Free learning kits are available to directors of preschools who attend a three-hour training session.
The Mississippi Department of Human Services’ Office of Children and Youth is providing educational materials to licensed child care centers with preschool-aged children. Kits contain a variety of math, language and science learning tools.
To receive a set of kits, program directors or a director designee must attend a three-hour ELG Extravaganza: Creative Kit Activities for Science, Math and Language training and complete the National Association of Child Care Resource amp& Referral Agencies intake form to participate in the Market Rate Survey.
Directors can preregister for the training by calling (662) 325-4129. For training dates and locations, visit
Life enrichment courses at MUW open to public
– This fall, Mississippi University for Women’s Office of Continuing Education will offer 29 courses as part of its community Life Enrichment Program.
Last fall, continuing education began a new Life Enrichment Program, offering non-credit courses to people in the local community. The first semester, they offered six courses, and 24 people participated. This fall, 29 courses will be offered, and the school is expecting more than 150 participants.
Courses include “Putting It On Paper: Getting Started with Your Novel” and “Social Media Update.” Other courses will cover bridge, yoga, French, genetics and wine tasting.
Classes start on Sept. 20. The fee for each term is $35, which allows participants to take as many courses as they like for the term. For more information, contact Barbara Moore at (662) 329-7150 or You can also go to cont-ed-life-enrichment.html.
Howorth lecture scheduled for tonight in Oxford
– The writer “bell hooks” will explore ending racism and sexism in society today during the 16th annual Lucy Somerville Howorth Lecture in Women’s Studies at the University of Mississippi.
The free, public, presentation, “Talking Race and Gender: Ending Domination,” is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Ford Center. A 5 p.m. book signing precedes the program.
The name bell hooks is a pseudonym for Gloria Jean Watkins, who has written more than 30 books about the politics of race, gender, class and culture.
Public meeting to share concepts for MSU master plan
– A Sept. 15 public meeting at Mississippi State University will provide an overview of future directions for campus development.
The informal presentation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Club Level of Davis Wade Stadium. It is the result of months of work by the Campus Planning, Development and Advisory Committee commissioned by MSU President Mark Keenum. About 20 faculty, staff and student representatives made up the volunteer committee.
The group developed proposals for promoting safe campus mobility and improved sustainability. Members of the campus and local community are invited to the meeting.

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