Teachers take field trip throughout Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Days before students fill the classrooms, Gulfport‬ teachers are making sure they have everything ready to go. For one group of teachers, that means actually going out into the community.

The group became students for a day to go on a trial field trip that could become a reality for their students during the year.
It's an idea that Ashley Kidd and Jackie Wintruva got from a recent teacher workshop at Mississippi State. The program, called Impact 2, brings classroom material into real world applications. Kidd and Wintruva incorporated that idea into downtown Gulfport's historic sites.

"We want the students to be able to come out here and take what they know about math and apply it while learning more about the history of their town," said Kidd.

This is a strategy these teachers say can be used for any class in any school. By bringing students out of the classroom and relating their lessons to the surrounding community, the teachers hope to make an even bigger impact.

"We wanted to make it happy for them to come down and not even realize that they're learning math," said Wintruva.

The teachers experiencing the trial run seemed to be sold on the idea.

"Authentic connection, definitely," said Elizabeth Skrmetta. "It would just be something that they understand, which is their community."

With the city on board, Wintruva and Kidd hope to see an ever expanding program. First, they want to implement the education marathon in third, fourth and fifth grades.

"Hopefully this fall, we'll have hundreds of students running around downtown Gulfport," said Main Street Director Laurie Toups.

Toups said she's excited about the possibilities. She said the city faces a challenge to help inform citizens about the community's history and culture.

"This is just one more step in the challenge," Toups said.
This new effort is funded by a grant from the ‪#Mississippi‬ Department of Education. Jonathan Brannan WLOXhttp://tinyurl.com/o7bcro8

We had a blast at last week's Magnolia Grove Community "Coming Home" event!  

The day featured activities for the entire family, with over 3 blocks dedicated to: Food, Live Music, Face Painting, Bounce Houses, Cake Walks, Magnolia Grove History talks and so much more. We are already looking forward to next year!

Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania was a 'crowd favorite' in the chidrens dunking booth!


Seabees, daddys coming home 'is great'

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Every week, the men and women who serve our country return home after spending months overseas. And the reunions never stop being emotional. On Sunday more than 100 Seabees returned home to #Gulfport.

“It's so, so, so exciting to finally have my daddy coming home. It's great, huh,” said one little girl.

She wasn't the only one excited to see her favorite Seabee. After seven long months, dozens of families of friends were anxiously awaiting the arrival of their Seabees.

“In the beginning it's pretty hard. At the end it's pretty hard and in the middle it starts to go pretty fast. First it's hard to miss him, but right now in the last few weeks it's been really exciting,” said Heather Fox.

It's not just spouses and children who showed up for the reunion, but parents too. “My son, he's coming home on deployment,” said one father.

Finally the wait was over and the buses made their way in. That's when the tears and cheers began.

“It's really funny because you don't miss the big things, you miss all the little things, like getting up in the morning and seeing your favorite person lying next to you,” said Fox.

As the service men and women slowly filed off the bus, their anxious family members ran to meet them.

“He was so far away, he was all the way in Guam,” said a little girl.

Another little girl had an emotional response when asked what she was going to do when she saw her dad. “I'm going to give him my card in the car and I'm going to hug him really hard,” said through tears.

Commanding officer for battalion, Jorge Cuadros, says seeing the Seabees reunite with their families makes him proud.

“They deserve this time. They deserve to back with their loved ones. It's just been an amazing seven months for them. Of course away from their homes, but doing God's work forward so it’s been amazing,” said Cuadros.

The Seabees were stationed all over the world including parts of Africa, Guam, and several European countries.#OneCoast 


Hey Gulfport, Let's Play Ball! Make plans to come out and join us August 25th for the first ever ‘Gulfport Night’ with the Biloxi Shuckers at MGM Park! 

We are looking forward to a fun-filled evening & Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes will be throwing out the first pitch!

Simply use the promo code located on the flyer, "GPT25", to receive a discounted ticket price from ticketmaster:

Save the Date - Friday, August 28 at 8 am! Island View Casino Towers! 

The Bow Ties & Beignets event will raise money to place a rubber sidewalk throughout the playground area of the Harrison County Children's Emergency Shelter making the play area safer for the children who have been placed there.

Bow ties will be available at a sun auction that have been autographed by former President George H. W. BushJohn GrishamRobert Khayat's The Education of a LifetimeJim CantoreDan MullenHugh Freeze - Ole Miss Head CoachBrian DozierWidespread Panic and many, many more!

Tickets available at Gulfport City Hall (2309 15th Street), all locations of Riemann Family Funeral Homes and Gentiva Hospice! General Admission - $25 per ticket - Premium Admission which includes a custom-made Katrina 10 bow tie - $50.00 each.

The City of Gulfport will hold a Bake Sale Fundraiser, August 21, Hardy Building Break Room 2nd Floor!

You can also purchase an American Heart Association "Red Heart" to show your support

All Proceeds benefit the AHA Heart Walk!

Mayor Billy Hewes had the honor this week to update the Mississippi Coast Military Officers Association on 'all things Gulfport' at the Keesler Air Force Base. 

MOAA serves over 380,000 members nationally, supports a strong national defense and government policies that benefit military members and their families. The organization is made up of active duty, retired, and former commissioned officers and warrant officers from the uniformed services of the United States.

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