Education notes

By NEMS Daily Journal

PONTOTOC
Seventh-grade students collect medical kits for Haiti
– Seventh-grade language arts students in Pontotoc City Schools stepped up to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Students in Krista Greer’s seventh-grade English class filled medical relief kits that will be shipped to Haiti with the UMCOR organization.
“If everyone in the great state of Mississippi, in our nation, contributed a small amount, the task at hand in Haiti would not be as overwhelming,” Greer said.

SALTILLO
SHS will host open house and financial aid seminar
– Saltillo High School will host an open house on Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Progress reports will be sent home the previous Thursday, and parents are encouraged to come and visit their child’s teachers.
In addition, seniors and their parents are invited to a financial aid program hosted by the school’s counseling office. That seminar will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Commons. College speakers will present information about student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial aid. For more information, contact the counseling office at (662) 869-5466.

Students donate money to St. Jude and LeBonheur
– Saltillo Elementary Discovery students in third to fifth grade recently donated more than $950 to St. Jude and LeBonheur Children’s Research Hospitals. They raised the money as a part of Enriching Lives Forever project, a service-learning project developed by all Lee County School District gifted education teachers. The students designed and created clay bowls, clay Christmas ornaments and mosaic artwork pieces, which were sold to the public. The Discovery teachers are Debbie Davis, Diana McKinion, Holly Nelson and Peggy Tubbs. Checks were presented to Connie Haygood of Le Bonheur and Jessami Jacobson of St. Jude.

TUPELO
THS will host indoor guard and percussion show
– “Artistry In Motion,” an indoor guard and percussion show will be held in the Tupelo High School gym on Saturday. The show begins at 5:30 p.m. and will continue until the awards presentation at 10:40 p.m. The competition will have 33 groups performing from 14 different schools. There will be 20 color guards and 13 percussion groups. Admission is $8. Children under 5 and adults over 65 can get in free.

Wallace wins poetry competition
– Nathan Wallace won Tupelo High School’s Poetry Out Loud Competition Jan. 21. Wallace will compete in the regional competition on Friday at the Delta Blues Museum in Indianola. He will read Walt Whitman’s “O Captain, My Captain,” and Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky.” Chelsea Berry finished second in the THS competition and will serve as the alternate at the regional contest.

ABERDEEN
AHS will hold Night of Cultural Arts
– Aberdeen High School will hold a Night of Cultural Arts, featuring the school’s fine arts department, gifted art, jazz band and the vocal ensemble “Magic.” The even will be held Monday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Elkin Theatre in downtown Aberdeen.

CORINTH
Volunteers share stories
with East Corinth students
– East Corinth Elementary School’s third grade teachers recently hosted a Storytellers’ Theater for their students. The teachers thought it would be a good way for their students to see firsthand how folktales, fables and legends are passed down through the generations by oral storytelling. Volunteering as readers were retired librarians Patricia Harville and Tommie Rafidi, Northeast Mississippi Regional Library system director William McMullin and former West Corinth principal Kate Butler.

BOONEVILLE
NEMCC will hold
open house for nursing lab
– Northeast Mississippi Community College will hold an open house of the clinical simulation laboratory on Feb. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. The facility is located on the third floor of Childers Halls on the Booneville campus.