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The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will host nine regional literacy meetings beginning Sept. 8 across the state for families of students in kindergarten through third grade.

All meetings are from 6-7pm and no registration is required. Locations include Holly Springs, McComb, Cleveland, Yazoo City, Columbus, Flowood, Jackson, Natchez and Moss Point.

At each meeting, families will receive an overview of state law regarding literacy and assessment as well as strategies that can be used at home to help students improve their reading skills. The state law, known as the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA), focuses on prevention and intervention to help children develop the reading skills required for fourth grade.

Family engagement is also a critical component of student success in reading.

The time and location of each meeting are as follows:

  • Thursday, September 8, 6 to 7 p.m.
    Holly Springs Elementary School
    405 rue S. Maury, Sources of holly
  • Thursday, September 8, 6 to 7 p.m.
    McComb High School Cafeteria
    310 7th Street, McComb
  • Tuesday, September 13, 6 to 7 p.m.
    Cleveland Central High School
    300 Sunflower Road West, Cleveland
  • Tuesday, September 13, 6 to 7 p.m.
    McLaurin Elementary School
    170 Sergeant. Dr Prentiss, Natchez
  • Thursday, September 15, 6 to 7 p.m.
    Northwest Rankin Middle School Performing Arts Building
    5805 Highway 25, Flowwood
  • Tuesday, September 20, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    North Jackson Elementary School
    650 James M. Davis Drive, jackson
  • Tuesday, September 20, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Family Education Center
    3524 Prentiss Avenue, moss tip
  • Thursday, September 22, 6 to 7 p.m.
    Brandon Central Office
    2630 McArthur Drive, Columbus
  • Thursday, September 29, 6 to 7 p.m.
    McCoy Elementary School
    1835 School Drive, City of Yazoo

For more information, visit mdek12.org/Literacy. For helpful resources and activities, visit strongreadersms.com today.

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