STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A special guest walked the halls of the new Partnership Middle School Wednesday morning.
U.S. Congressman Michael Guest stopped by to see the new facility, which recently opened.
With the coronavirus pandemic pressuring schools to maintain social distancing, he said the new building could not have come at a better time.
“It is great to see our school districts really working to get children back into a more traditional model of learning,” he said.
The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District and Mississippi State University (MSU) teamed up to create the Partnership School to give a hands-on learning experience to both middle schoolers and MSU students.
“Not only do we have a great facility,” Guest said, “but with the interaction between the university and the school system, we have such an opportunity to expand this to future grades, to future schools. So, we wanted to come and see firsthand what they have to offer here.”
Guest is a proponent of in-class instruction.
“They need one-on-one interaction with a teacher, and so we’re going to do all that we can to make sure that we are protecting our children,” he said. “I think that the school district is working hard here in Starkville and I think across the state.”
Even with all the changes as a result of COVID-19, it seems students are just glad to be back in school.
“To see these students walk around, to see the smile on their face, to see how excited that they are to be in this facility, it was just truly uplifting day.”