Students within the Meridian Public School District are currently in session for the first time at Wildcat University. “So, we started this, talked to teachers, and came up with ideas for different classes. When the teachers heard about it, they started creating classes, and before we knew it, we had a collaboration going with Ross Collins, and here we are today.”
While it’s inspired by Meridian Community College’s long-time College for Kids program, they’re also allowing their high school students to get involved in this free program.“I’ve learned that there are some things that you’re going to have to work through, and I’ve learned how to work through those things. Of course, I’ve also learned how to do hair, so as I’ve taught them, I’ve learned along with them,” said Flowers. “I saw that it was an opportunity to work with kids, and when I grow up, I want to be a pediatrician. I saw this opportunity in working with kids and said, ‘Hey, why not get some work with it?’”
In giving the younger students a fun way to learn in the summer, it’s also a way for the older students to take the lead. “We hope that we’re growing the next generation of students that want to finish high school, but they also want to do something for themselves, for their families, and for the community and city of Meridian,” said Germany.
“The high school students have been able to talk to them about Ross Collins, talk to them about Meridian High School, and talk to them about the benefits of staying in school. A lot of our students that are working have just graduated, so they’re talking to them about the next step in college and taking their life and moving them into a career also.”
So far, they have enrolled in over 100 students in the program. The final week will begin on July 8th, and there are a few spots left. Parents can pick up an application at the Meridian Public School District Office.