30 students of N.P. Moss Preparatory School are days away from being the first to take part in the AMIKids satellite program. The instructors arrived in Lafayette to tour the school and their classrooms.
The rooms are under and will be ready by the time class starts. Principal Jody Duhon says the transition will happen over several days. The first set of students will help set the tone for the ones to come. "On Monday, we're going to begin by having the first five students enter the program; and then after that every other day another group of students and another group," says Duhon.
AMI Kids Regional Director Greg Kleinpeter says the organization is a private non-profit that's been around for 45 years. Often the work they do with kids is an alternative to incarceration. At N.P. Moss the focus is on students that have trouble in the traditional school setting. "So the kids will be working with are challenged in that regard," says Kleinpeter. He says they instructors will be assisting them in that hurdle.
Jamile Emile is the executive director. Emile says the program incorporates home visits - in that way Emile says the work and the progress can continue even after normal teaching hours have ended. "When a student comes back and says thank you for creating that environment, for change and showing me a path of choice, and that it's never late; that is success."