The Minority Achievement Committee, or MAC Scholars, is a national program that supports academic achievement and community involvement for minority students. The nine programs in the Columbia Public School District encourage students to look to positive role models, whether they're in the community or another continent. KBIA’s Hope Kirwan caught up with the scholars at Lange Middle School at their recent tribute to Nelson Mandela, the former South African President and activist.
As the superintendent of Joplin Schools, C.J. Huff had to face a challenge that most school administrators will never have to deal with—he had to oversee the rebuilding of his school district after a deadly tornado hit Joplin three years ago. Huff came to Columbia to talk to parents and students about his experience with the 2011 tornado. KBIA's Brady Finn caught up with Huff, and asked him how growing up in a small, rural town affected how he responded to the Joplin tornado.