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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's spring break for most students in Ouachita Parish which means kids have a lot of free time. As our Nolan Crane reports there is one organization on a mission to use the time to change the lives of several local children.

Instead of taking a week off from learning in the classroom during spring break students like Dvonte McFarland signed up to for more classes.

"It's a good program for young kids, especially who don't know what entrepreneurship is or managing money," said McFarland.

The Monroe Civic Center has transformed into a giant classroom where volunteer motivational speakers and teachers with life lessons come to encourage and inspire.

"We help kids understand how they can grow and how they can grow stronger and how they can see the vision of themselves. A lot of times these kids don't see beyond their eyelids and we need them to see past life," said Murray.

In this class there is reading and writing but the arithmetic has been replaced with some harsh realities of life.

"We bring them hard facts for them to examine and then we make them read these hard facts and understand that it's all about them," said Murray.

"He is wise. He has a lot of information. he's letting us know what we need to do, where we need to be at," said Courtney Wallace.

Campaign for Education is a national organization and for the first time ever they have decided to come here to Northeast Louisiana.

The class today might be small but the words spoken have power to change lives.

"If a young man can understand his education is so valuable then he can talk to another friend of his who might be on the little shady side and understand that his education is valuable too," said Murray.

The week long camp costs $75 and the students must be 12 years old. Classes are Monday through Friday from eight a-m to five p-m.

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