Starkville students hear from community leaders

Starkville Police Department Corporal Mandy WIlson teaches a lesson on bullying prevention for campers in the Ms. Smith's Educational Services Summer Camp Tuesday. (Photo by Charlie Benton, SDN)
Staff Writer

Some local youth got to learn a little about their community Tuesday.

The children enrolled in Ms. Smith’s Educational Services Summer Camp at the Needmore Center received a visit from several local entities, including the Starkville Police Department, Starkville Fire Department, the Lions Club and the Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency.

“Today is our Community Helpers Day, and we wanted the kids to get a chance to recognize and know how each person in the community plays a vital role,” said Director Niya Smith.

Both Smith and Co-Director Tonya Davis said it was important that the children learn how their community functions.

Davis said this was the first year that the guests had come to the Needmore center, and in the past campers would go visit them at their respective locations.

Ms. Smith’s Educational Services is an organization dedicated to helping students across all levels gain the motivation to be successful, offering tutoring and other services.

“At the end they’re going to have to write down what they learned at every station, so that they can formulate how to write sentences correctly, so that we know they are comprehending what’s being told to them verbally,” Smith said. “They don’t really know that they’re doing hardcore English, but they are.

Davis said other academic skills were incorporated throughout the camp.

The camp will run until July 21.