- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) - More after school programs in South Mississippi are offering science, technology, math, and engineering training, also known as STEM, though the state still lags behind the national average.

According to a report released this week by the Afterschool Alliance, The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1j2ptqN) only 41 percent of Mississippi parents surveyed reported their child’s after school program offered a STEM education. The national average is 69 percent.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Gulf Coast recently increased its STEM offerings.

In addition to homework assistance that includes science and math, Lacey Wallace, the finance assistant and grants monitor, says the organization offers a computer program called Stride Academy, an adaptive learning program for English or math aimed at K-6 grades.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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