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South Park Elementary receives national recognition for commitment to empowering students

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South Park Elementary School announced it has been recognized as a 2021-22 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. It is one of just 282 schools across the U.S. and one of only six in Mississippi to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Launch. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

Kimberly Reeves, the PLTW teacher said, “It is an honor to be able to participate in such an amazing program. It wouldn’t be the success that it is today without the support of our administration, faculty, and community. We, at South Park, want to make a difference in our students’ lives. It’s never about the role but the goal in making South Park a better place to learn and succeed. PLTW has made that possible for students at South Park. It has enabled students to learn with hands on and real world situations.”

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, South Park had to have at least 75 percent of the student body participating in at least one PLTW Launch module and had to offer at least one PLTW Launch module in each grade (K-5) during the 2020-21 school year.

Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.

“We are honored to recognize South Park Elementary for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the last two years having been some of the most challenging in recent history for students and educators across the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. David Dimmett, Interim President and CEO of PLTW. South Park should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.”

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