New Principal Laron McCurry and Assistant Principal Victoria McMullen-Dunn hosted an open house at East Feliciana Middle School on Aug. 25 to provide families and community members with the opportunity to learn about the school’s vision to develop comprehensive literacy skills in students.

They explained the school’s new Drop Everything and Read program, set for every Monday for the first 20 minutes of the day in every classroom.

The schoolwide initiative provides every member of the East Feliciana Middle School family, from students to staff, with the chance to spend the first 20 minutes of the week reading their favorite book. Additionally, every EFMS eighth-grader will enroll in Introduction to Business Computer Applications to develop their technology skills and earn one high school credit.

The East Feliciana Middle School family also celebrated some successes from the 2014-15 school year, including state recognition for making substantial progress with students who were previously struggling academically.

Further, they highlighted the success of two EFMS scholars in the Daughters of the American Revolution Junior American Citizen Contest. Ka’Nyjah Williams earned first place in the poetry contest, while Lakeira Williams earned first place in the poster contest.