Turn off the TV, turn on the talk in your family

Adrienne Mercer (center) of Louisville, Mississippi, assists her daughter, Millie Kate, in a salt-dough ornament project on Dec. 13, 2014. Family friend Anna Claire Quinn also enjoyed doing fun projects that can build important learning skills and relationships. (Submitted Photo)

By Amy Barefield
MSU School of Human Sciences

MISSISSIPPI STATE — The countdown to the holiday break has begun, and parents and caregivers looking to keep kids occupied and happy should focus on the basics.

Instead of turning to technology … Read more

Letters of Blessings and to Santa – 2014

Long’s students at the Walking track.

Weir Elementary School

WES-PreK-Mrs. Stephanie Howard
Santa Letters

Dear Santa,
We are so excited that Christmas is almost here.  Our teacher says we have been really good.  We hope that you and your reindeer have a safe trip Christmas Eve.  … Read more

Girlfriend fun

Girlfriends in Shades

If you are wondering why all these GiRLFRIENDS at Broken Wings are wearing sunglasses at their recent Christmas party…well the story goes like this:  When we arrived there was very large star at our place with our … Read more

December meeting

12-24 Dixie Pan Club

“Dixie Pan Club”
by Press Reports
This meeting was dedicated to preparing ornaments to decorate the tree for the Extension Service Christmas Tree competition. We brought in all our handmade ornaments to repair, and to select which ones to be … Read more

Letters to Santa – Ackerman Elementary – 2014

AES Pre-K Christmas visit
The Pre-K Classes from Ackerman Elementary visited the Choctaw County Library during the holiday season.  They enjoyed having a special Christmas story time.  They also viewed all the Christmas trees on display.  The boys and girls were delighted to see their own AES Pre-K tree.  They had made ornaments for the tree earlier this month.  Afterwards they took a walk around the decorated walking track. Thank you to the staff at the Choctaw County Library and the Town of Ackerman.  Pre-K Staff – Cynthia Long, Sherry Griffin, Jennifer Zirlott and Cecelia Fondren.  (Above) Students at the library.

Ackerman Elementary School

Pre-K Santa Letters
Mrs. Long’s Class

Dear Santa,
Merry Christmas! Thank you for the toys we got last year. Be careful Christmas Eve. Say hello to the elves and Mrs. Claus.

We Love You,
Mrs. Long’s and … Read more

MSU helps community ‘Sparkplugs’ enhance hometowns

From Allison Matthews

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Ten Northeast Mississippi community volunteers explained how they improved quality of life in their respective hometowns at the recent Appalachian Community Learning Project Results and Learning Celebration, organized by Mississippi State University.

ACLP is a partnership … Read more