"I think it let's them know that they have a worth, they're worth something you know," says Loretta McFarland, the Arts and Culture mentor.
NBC's annual 'Education Nation' summit kicks off next week in New York. It's a gathering of educational, business and political leaders where the focus will be on 'what it takes' to get students successfully through school.. into college and beyond.
"I think any tools that you can give them that are extra will benefit them in the long run. And I like to challenge the kids in learning a new word everyday," said Laureen Valentine, co-chairman of annual dictionary project.
"It's not real cool to read in eighth grade. But, by the end of the year, we read a lot," Andrukat said. She added, "It was beautiful to just go outside and read outside."
Students got a hands on experience with the construction equipment, tools and material that are being used to build a new learning activity center and residential cottages.
According to Superintendent Dr. Lynn Boyer, moving the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind from Romney is not necessarily a good plan.