MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The regular school year just wasn't enough for some Mobile County students. They decided to spend a month of their summer, back at school.
Almost 200 students were singing about rocks, rapping about math, and much more as a four week program comes to an end in Mobile County. Third grader Madison Motley talked about how the teachers made it fun.
"Science, the math with skittles ... I love candy. In the science when it exploded we were like WOW! It exploded all over the floor," said Motley.
Math, science, reading, and in a few cases, a little food was thrown in.
"I learned how to make s'mores with a solar house. The s'mores were delicious," said fifth grader JaTerio Tilley.
The kids also learned about self-esteem and character. The University of South Alabama along with 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile sponsored the hands on program.
"We learned how to tie the ties so we were asking them if we could get some ties so they said for the program every boy could get a tie," said Tilley.
The members of the 100 Black Men gave out the ties at the ceremony. JaTerio said he's going to wear his to church. Dr. Andre Green with USA said he hopes all the children walk away with that kind of lesson.
"They will have a more productive summer because our goal is to shorten that time between the end of their academic year and the beginning of the next school year,' said Green.
The teachers are students graduating from the University of South Alabama. They are monitored by in-service teachers with Mobile County Public Schools. The teachers are able to get real-time classroom experience. The program is funded largely by donations and has been going on for 7 years.
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