Lauderdale County School District’s students lend a helping hand

Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 5:25 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -Ever since the tornado ripped through Clarkdale, the community has never been the same, and students from all over Lauderdale County are lending a helping hand where ever they can.

“Well, the tornado is what took out her shed, and so she, you know, can’t lift up heavy things. She’s hurt herself, her shoulders and stuff. So we have like, you know, people who are strong, tall, that can help lift it and carry it out and throw it away like she needs it to be. We can help her, you know, keep the things she wants to keep. Put them somewhere where they won’t get ruined since there’s no longer a shed. To keep them safe and protected,” said student, Madison Kemble.

Miss. Mississippi was there to show her support for what these students are doing for their community.

“And I feel that these students are a testament to hard work and the amazing things that Mississippi possesses. And it’s great to see young people keep that trend going,” said Miss. Mississippi 2022, Emmie Perkins.

Many of these students are a part of the career technical education programs at their schools, and workdays like these provide great training opportunities.

“We have about 170 students that are actually participating in this day of service all across the Lauderdale County School District. And a lot of times in our classrooms in CTE, we’re teaching or training students to become leaders in workforce, but more importantly, they need to become servant leaders. And these students are out here serving the community today, having a wonderful time, and I’m really proud of the work and effort that they’re putting into this day of service,” said CTE Director for LCSD, Rob Smith.

CTE is beginning to be a large part of many students’ education, and the Lauderdale County School District has announced plans for a brand new CTE center. This new building is going to cost nearly eight million dollars, but the district believes that this is a necessary investment for the student’s education.