OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) - If you're a parent of a school-aged child or a teacher, you know all too well about the countdown to a well deserved summer break.
However, one local school district creatively expanded the school day to prepare their K-2 students for the coming school year.
A true volunteer effort. An opportunity to work with Okolona Elementary students in a smaller setting.
For six weeks, these students attended classes on Saturdays from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
"They come in hugging their teachers, with smiles on their faces," said Willie Mounce
With focused attention, this feels more like play, but it's really invaluable learning.
"The kids come in and they are excited. That's what motivates us," said Tammy Pointer.
Pointer is just one of several teachers giving of her time.
Although she usually teaches 5th grade, this was a chance to work with kindergarten students.
"I love the children, " she said.
Even the librarian is pitching in.
"A librarian today is more than just reading. But this is giving her an opportunity to do one on one reading with students," Mounce said.
The Saturday program was offered to all students.
Nearly 40 participated in the additional tutoring session.
And one extra perk - these students did not have to wear their school uniform.