Education Notes

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

Elementary school presents Pinocchio
– Pierce Street Elementary will present two performances of Pinocchio at the school on April 7 at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. The show will be performed by Puppet Arts Theatre, a professional touring company based in Jackson. For more information, call (662) 841-8940.
Keri Horn adapted the story specifically for the needs of Puppet Arts Theatre. The presentation will use three-dimensional rod puppets, shadow puppets and masked actors. The production of the show was made possible by a $1,000 grant the school received from the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Community theatre offers scholarships
– Tupelo Community Theatre offers three $500 scholarships each year to students attending Tupelo High School or Mississippi universities. Students must complete at least 12 hours each semester (or its equivalent if on the quarter system) and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. Details about each scholarship and the application form can be obtained at Applications must be received by April 15, and recipients will be notified by June 1. For more information, contact the TCT office at (662) 844-1935.
Thomas Street program
to be recognized by state
– Thomas Street Elementary School will receive a Partnership in Excellence Award on April 8. The award will be presented at the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education State Conference and Governor’s Awards Luncheon at the Hilton of Jackson. It recognizes the school’s partnership with the Mississippi Department of Transportation for the school’s RIDES lab.
The Roadways Into Developing Elementary Schools program is designed to enhance students’ math and science skills. It provides activities to complement classroom lesson plans and gives schools equipment to use while conducting math- and science-related experiments.
Debbie Davis is the principal at Thomas Street.
ICC sets dates for April GED
– The high school equivalency test (GED) will be given at the Itawamba Community College Belden Center, 3200 Adams Farm Road, on April 7, 10, 14, 21 and 28 beginning at 7:30 a.m. It will also be given at the Amory WIN Center located in the Monroe County Government Complex on April 24 beginning at 7:30 a.m.
NEMCC program to sponsor yard sale
– Fourteen students in the Northeast Mississippi Community College Business Marketing and Management Technology program earned an invitation to the National Delta Epsilon Chi Conference in Louisville, Ky., April 16-21. The students, who earned the trip by placing at the state conference in Tupelo in February, have scheduled a yard sale to raise money for their trip.
The sale is set for April 3 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bonner Arnold Coliseum parking lot. To participate, schedule a pick-up time or bring items to be sold to instructor Vickie Huggins in Gordon Hall and donate a portion or all the proceeds to the students. For more information, contact Huggins at (662) 720-7391 or
Oxford author to speak April 6
– Best-selling author Neil White will speak on the Booneville campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College on April 6 at 10:45 a.m. as part of the lecture series on Phi Theta Kappa’s national study topic, “The Paradox of Affluence – Choices, Challenges and Consequences.” White will speak in Hines Auditorium.
A former newspaper editor, magazine publisher, advertising executive and federal prisoner, White now lives in Oxford, where he operates a small publishing company, writes plays and essays and teaches memoir writing.

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