School District Named 100 Best 3rd Time

Pascagoula School District, a third-time 100 Best winner, was recognized again for its commitment to youth through educational programs, family engagement and healthy living resources. The district’s focus on education includes the award-winning Destination Graduation! program that focuses on ensuring more students graduate on-time by providing access to more resources like tutoring, wellness and alternative education pathways. The district’s teen pregnancy program, Early Beginnings, which is part of Destination Graduation!, addresses the dropout crisis for pregnant high school girls with a program that rewards their involvement in parenting classes with baby supplies, including diapers and toys. The program’s success is evident in the 100 percent graduation rate for its participants. For young children, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library targets reading skills by giving every child up to age five a free book every month. Additionally, to help encourage family engagement, the Family Interactive Center provides a place for parents and children to participate in hands-on activities where they learn and play together. The Pascagoula community addresses healthy living through programs like Volunteers in Medicine which provide free medical care to low income families. In addition, every local school requires students to participate in 150 minutes of exercise each week. (Read More)