CALHOUN COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - During the summer, educators understand all too well how students lose some of the skills they learned during the school year.
One educator developed a program to keep at-risk students in Calhoun County on track.
That educator is Marcus Gladney. The teacher from Okolona is using the St. Luke Masonic Lodge in Bruce to teach fourth, fifth and sixth graders before they return to school.
"Our kids have been out of school so long, that we got to get them in ready mode," he said. "And we are setting them up for success. And then we say 'go.'"
The summer tutoring session, called Ready, Set, Go, is Gladney's way to give back to children in the community.
Twenty-five students rotate between three activity centers which focus on reading, comprehension and math.
"I try to use a lot of games to make it fun because when they are in the classroom, the focus in on the grades, not the subject or the content," Gladney said.
Ion Miller is a rising eighth-grader who is also serving as a mentor this summer.
"At first, we were just reading the words, but then I tried getting definitions out of the words," he said.
That's positive results that Gladney hopes the students will see in the classroom.
"There are already plans for the Ready, Set, Go program to expand to an after-school tutoring program hopefully this school year," Gladney said.
Ready, Set, Go began July 9 and will wrap up August 1.