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MSU-Meridian to soon kickoff its Jumpstart Literacy Program

Updated: Jan 14

MSU-Meridian is planning to soon kick off its Jumpstart Literacy Program, thanks to funding from the Phil Hardin Foundation.

The Jumpstart Literacy Program at MSU-Meridian is being funded through a 3-year grant from the Phil Hardin Foundation. Through the program, MSU-Meridian is partnering with the Meridian Public-School District to have volunteer students from MSU-Meridian, or one their partner community colleges, help pre-school students with language, literacy, and social emotional skills.

Jeff Leffler, an assistant professor at MSU-Meridian, shared that he believes bringing this program to the local community will greatly benefit students whose learning opportunities may have be impacted by the pandemic.

“I think it’s a perfect time for us to have this opportunity. Many students have not been able to participate in pre-K programs, because of the pandemic, -- and so this affords an opportunity four our student volunteers to go in and be extra feet on the ground, providing these literacy interventions. So, that our pre-K students will be ready for kindergarten next year,” said Jeff Leffler, an assistant professor at MSU-Meridian.

At this time, MSU-Meridian’s Jumpstart Program is still looking for student volunteers.

“This is a great opportunity for students, whether they’re education students or not, to have an opportunity to give back to the community to learn about what goes into really preparing a child to be ready for kindergarten, that’s valuable information. –Whether you’re going to be a teacher, or a parent with your own children. These students will be able to see firsthand this evidence-based intervention that really get students ready to begin that literacy process,” said Leffler.

MSU-Meridian is seeking 15 volunteers for the jumpstart program, the deadline to apply to volunteer is January 22.

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