Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 11, 2013 - 2:27pm

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College recently partnered with Hope Adult Learning Center to increase literacy in Pearl River and Hancock counties.
  Founded in 2008 by Donna Daulton, the center provides volunteers to tutor clients.
  “We help adult low-level readers learn to read,” Daulton said. “Tutors meet one-on-one with students at times and locations that are convenient to both.”
  The Hope center is funded through donations and more than 20 churches and community organizations work with the program, she said.
  “Our goal is to provide our students with literacy for life and life forever,” Daulton said. “The tutors work with the students to achieve the students’ goals.”
  The most commonly-expressed goals are to get a better job, be more independent and read the Bible, she said.
PRCC’s connection to the center will benefit both the students and the college, said Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, vice president for economic and community development.
  “We want her to prepare them to come to us,” he said. “We want them to come here and get their GED and then go on and earn a degree.”
  Approximately 70 percent of adults who struggle to read are dyslexic but the center’s volunteers have been trained to teach them to read, Daulton said.
  “We have materials strictly for the tutors to use with them,” she said. “That puts us in a unique position.”
  Hope Adult Learning Center currently serves students in Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Kiln, Picayune and Poplarville with plans to expand into Harrison County.
  For information or to get involved as a volunteer or student, contact Daulton at 228-255-1118 extension 210 or; Kathy McNair at 601 798-5890 or Phil Pearson at 601 569-9137 in Pearl River County. The center’s website is


Donna Daulton, founder of the Hope Adult Learning Center, and Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, Pearl River Community College vice president for economic and community development, sign a memo of understanding outlining the collaboration between the center and the college.
PRCC Public Relations photo

April 11, 2013 - 2:32pm



pThe Pearl River Community College String of Pearls dance team recently was named national champion in the large ensemble category at the American Dance and Drill Team competition in Dallas and runner up in the jazz category. Dancers are, front row from left, Bridgette Patterson of Picayune, Meghan Varnado and Brooke Wactor, both of Carriere; Reanna Reese of Picayune, Brooke Loftin of Bay St. Louis; second row, Caitlyn Herrin of Carriere, Stevany Jackson of Hattiesburg, Betsy Seal, Melissa Dragon and Sandy Sheffield, all of Picayune; Taylor Turcotte of Waveland; third row, Lacey Hampton of Carriere; Carolyn Shaw of Necaise, Meghan Whitworth of Poplarville, Victoria Farmer of Picayune, Kelcey Whitfield of Carriere, Breanna Peters of Brandon, Carley Harrell of Poplarville, Liz Smith of Carriere, Darion Matthews of Richton and Alex Samford of Picayune. Kara Fleming is String of Pearls director.