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Petal 3D School Expands

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PETAL, Miss. - Students at Petal's 3D school are back at school in new classrooms and learning areas.

The 3D, Dynamic-Dyslexia-Design School is the only school of its kind in Mississippi. Dyslexia is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading. The 3D school has expanded this year.

"We had 42 children last year so we have expanded it up to 65 this year," said executive director, Cena Holifield.

She said the increase is partly because of a new state law.

"It is mandated that children be screened in the fall of 1st grade and the spring of Kindergarten for possible dyslexia," she said.

The increase in students required them to have more space and the City of Petal stepped up.

"We moved into what use to be the senior center in Petal," she said.

The school was previously located just above the center, but now they have the entire building.

"Upstairs we have four classes, we have two 2nd grades and two 3rd grades, and then down stairs we have two 4th grades," Holified said.

The biggest addition is a lunchroom.

"The children now get to go to lunch and sit down at tables and before they had to sit at their desks,"she said.

They've added four more instructors, including a music and art teacher.

"Now we have a structured program," she said.

Holifield said their next goal is to expand the school to 5th grade so that they can keep the students an additional year.

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