Monday, April 15, 2024

by Robert Scott

Mississippi University for Women’s Center for Education Support, Preservation Society of Columbus, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, Accelerate MS and Mississippi Public Broadcasting have partnered to bring the MPB Family Fun Day to Columbus.

The event is set for Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Pohl Gym on The W’s Campus.

There will be a variety of activities for all ages that aim to foster a love of learning and show how it can be fun, as well as offer networking and resources for educators.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for The W’s Center for Education Support to take part in our service and social responsibility to enrich student and family learning. This event brings together a multitude of collaborations that build partnerships to make a difference in our region,” said Penny Mansell, director for the Center for Education Support.

Among the activities are the percussion petting zoo, hosted by MSMS students, which features hands-on experience with instruments such as drums and xylophones. MSMS students will also give a live musical performance during the event.

There will be STEAM activities and logic games. STEAM is short for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The activities aim to “spark curiosity, foster creativity and ignite a passion for learning with interactive experiences.”

MPB character Ed Said will appear at the event, where he will encourage kids to chase their dreams no matter how big they may seem.

Other activities include digital learning resources, MUW-Excel by 5 Health Fair and many more.

“This family day shines a light on our local culture and hospitality while exposing our children and families to resources and hands-on learning activities. This event is also valuable to our local teachers and schools, who can network with these resources and strengthen the educational practices in their classrooms,” Mansell said.

The event is free to attend, but registration is recommended. To register, please visit

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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