WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - With the Olympic Games this summer, the 21st Century K-6 Summer Program got kicked off Tuesday morning in West Point with an Olympic theme.
Complete with Olympic torches and flags representing different countries, students and teachers held their own summer program opening ceremony at South Side Elementary School.
Reita Humphries with West Point Schools said, "We are using the theme 'The Olympics' since it will be taking place this summer. Instead of focusing on the athletics, we'll be focusing on the academics."
The children, who are from all over the city, will get a two week lesson on areas including math, language, technology and art.
Humphries said, "This has been going on every summer with our K-6 students to enrich those skills taught throughout the school year. It's so they can keep these skills with them as they go through the summer."
There is an application process. Educators also say there is often a waiting list for this program.
The superintendent says community support continues to be strong.
Superintendent of West Point, Burnell McDonald, said, "Learning should never cease. Learning is a beautiful thing and is so important to the success of our students. We want to make sure students don't lose out during summer. We're providing extra learning activities and situations so they can continue to grow."
McDonald says, just like the Olympic athletes, training and learning must be ongoing in order for the students to reach success.