Saturday School

Saturday School

Saturday School: The EdD Series

Project Description

Saturday School is an academic project that will support the continued efforts of the Lafayette Parish School System to academically advance students. The project will specifically focus on core subject to ensure students are at grade level, pass EOC and graduate high school. The goal of the program is push students to new academic heights as we encourage them to be lifelong learners who share their knowledge and skill set with other Lafayette residents. This program has the potential to: improve student academic performance, which will allow student’s to be on grade level and increase the number of students who are graduating from high school with a traditional high school diploma.

Currently, there are a number of failing or lack of academic progress schools within Lafayette Parish. These schools range from elementary to high school, with all of the schools being within the Transformation Zone. The Transformation Zone is an area within Lafayette Parish that receives additional funding to support the academic and professional growth of students and educators. Although there is a clear effort from the school board to support academic growth within the transformation zone, many students are more than one grade level behind, which makes it difficult to obtain academic success with in the school year. My idea is to support the efforts of the transformation zone as we focus on developing student’s academic skills in a smaller and engaging learning environment. I would like to begin Saturday School by diagnosing students’ area of weakness to provide student’s with additional academic support to ensure they reach grade level standards and pass their end of the year state exam.

In order to ensure participation and academic growth, the Saturday School session will be four weeks. The schedule will be as follows:

Week 1: Diagnostic Week. Students will be tested to determine their area(s) of weakness. This test will determine where they will be placed for the remanding three Saturdays.

Weeks 2-4: Teachers will develop students’ academic skills through a supportive and engaging learning environment. Students will be able to take up to two core classes a Saturday. Courses that will be offered are: Science, Social Studies, Math, and Language Arts.

Certified educators who have been trained to provide engaging activities for at risk students will provide academic support. The activities will be directly aligned to the states educational standards for each grade level to ensure academic growth.

Working together as a community to provide students with additional academic support will help to improve the academic performance of our students, the schools performance score and the removal of the transformation zone stigma. Education is the key to improving the number of Lafayette residences, who graduate high school, receive post secondary education or training and become employed within the state of Louisiana. Programs such as Saturday School will allows students to feel supported as we encourage their commitment to learning.

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Project Details

Team Leader Brandi Clay
Funded Date November 9, 2019
Funding Amount: $3,500
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Saturday School Update #1

Dear Community, We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the supporters of Graduate On Time with Individualized Teaching (GOT IT) Program. Your support of GOT IT has allowed this educational program to become a reality. Without the generous support of...

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Greening Festival

Greening Festival

Greening Festival

Project Description

Team Greening Festival wants to reduce the amount of waste created at Festival International and be part of catalyzing a styrofoam-free Lafayette!  The ultimate goal of this project is to put Festival International on the road to becoming a “zero waste” event. The first step is replacing styrofoam serviceware items (i.e. plates, bowls, and clamshells) used by Festival vendors with compostable versions made out of bagasse, a byproduct of sugarcane mills.

We’re bringing out the FIL Geaux Green logo by putting Festival International (and eventually other local festivals) on the road to becoming a “zero waste” event!  Anyone who has spent any time at Festival International (isn’t that all of us?) knows that most of the food is served on styrofoam plates or containers. But did you know that styrofoam never goes away and that these food containers can neither be recycled nor recovered in any existing system? We bet you definitely didn’t know that there are compostable equivalents to all the styrofoam plates, bowls, and clamshells used today. In fact, one such plant-based item is made from sugar cane bagasse, a byproduct of sugarcane mills that we have an abundance of here in South Louisiana.

Depending on the product (plate, bowl, clamshell, etc), the cost difference between styrofoam and bagasse can range from nothing to fifty cents. We know this can be a significant ask of vendors, particularly those not used to this idea of “zero waste”. We will work with Festival International vendors to help them source materials, and, where it might be a barrier, use 24HCP funding to cover a portion of the difference in cost.

This effort will be paired with a fully-backed Festival International marketing effort promoting FIL’s move away from styrofoam. Vendors who elect to participate will be designated in the FIL app and at their vendor booths with the FIL Geaux Green logo.

Future Plan:

The beauty of plant based materials comes full circle if you are able to capture them once Festival-goers have finished eating. These materials, along with any food residue and leftovers, can be sent to compost at a right-sized and managed facility. When managed properly and mixed with other organic material, oxygen, and water; all of this plant-based waste will break back down into healthy, rich soil!  It is very important that no other materials get mixed in though, so we would start with collection in select areas only (i.e. Parc San Souci) and follow Louisiana Football’s model of hand sorting compost after each event to make sure that no other waste materials end up in the compost pile. This work would be completed by volunteers similar to the volunteers who handle recycling at Festival Acadien.

Project Details

Team Leader: Monica Rowand
Funded Date: November 9, 2019
Funding Amount: $3,000
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Greening Festival Update #2

Dear Community, The response to our project has been truly overwhelming these last couple months. The outpouring of support and encouragement from you still comes daily as our plans continue to develop and come to fruition. A few weeks ago we posted a poll via the...

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Greening Festival Update #1

Dear Community, Is it a marketing miracle or meant-to-be that the first day of Festival International de Louisiane 2020 is Earth Day? That’s right, mark your calendars for April 22-26, 2020 and a Festival International experience with a slightly green-er hue! As a...

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Kids N’ Media

Kids N’ Media

Kids N’ Media

Project Description

Our project is all about equipping teens with the proper tools and training to become local media experts. Teens would first be taught the proper way to film and utilize equipment. Newly acquired skills will be used to film news segments and short documentaries focusing on the teen experience in Lafayette.

The goal of our project is to create something that Lafayette teens will be proud of. The first phase of the program will be training and discovery. One group of students will be trained by Mark Tassin on the filming and production aspect of media. He will offer training on camera functions, lighting, video editing and scriptwriting. The second set of training will be for students who choose to be in front of the camera. This will include creative writing, Digital Storytelling (partnering with Acadiana Open Channel) and the creation of storyboards. We anticipate that students will struggle to articulate their experience as a result of not having the opportunity to express it before. We hope to explore creative ways to help them find their voice.

Students will need to commit to two areas that they will become experts in before we begin preproduction of the Teen Tales Documentary. Students will refine their skills of media production by shooting and editing biweekly news clips for the Clearport Learning Center. This will allow them to refine skills in preparation for the Documentary.

The Clearport Learning Center will host a screening of the Teen Tales Documentary that will be open to students and community members.

 

Project Details

Team Leader: Raquel Henry
Funded Date: November 9, 2019
Funding Amount: $3,000
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Kids N Media Update #2

Dear Community, Kids N Media is currently in the second month of classes! In January the topic was Introduction to Production. Based on the large number of students interested in December we decided to have the first class of the year in the Recreation area of the...

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Kids N Media Update #1

Dear Community, There is no doubt that the 24-Hour Citizen Project was one of our team’s most memorable moments in 2019. Within the last few weeks we have made some progress and are excited to share with you some things we’ve learned. Let’s start with the great news...

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Musical Instrument Library

Musical Instrument Library

M.I.Brary: Musical Instrument Library

Project Description

Team”M.I.Brary” was funded $5,000 during the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2017 to build a musical instrument library. According to project creator, Ryan Cazares, a”M.I.Brary” is a place where musicians or prospective musicians can check out various musical instruments, much like they can a book at a traditional library. This project speaks to the heart of musicians, and prospective musicians who want to try an instrument without the up front cost burden of purchasing it.

The MIBrary will help address a few problems with connecting musicians with instruments:

1.) Musicians will not be faced with the financial burden of renting or purchasing an instrument.
2.) Musicians who want to try an instrument will not have to commit to it should they end up not enjoying the chosen instrument.
3.) Recording artists who may want to sample a particular instrument will have easy access to several instruments while in the recording process.

It is our hope that providing musicians and prospective musicians with the ability to check out instruments will help sustain Lafayette’s musical culture and create musicians who may have never had access to musical instruments.

Project Details

Team Leader Ryan Cazares
Funded Date July 29, 2017
Location: Lafayette, LA

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MIBRARY Final Update

Dear Community, We did it! Lafayette Community M.I.Brary launched on Monday, July 2, 2018. 19 musical instruments are housed at the Clifton Chenier Center branch of the Lafayette Public Library. Within days of the launch, nearly all instruments were...

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MIBRARY Update #3

Dear Community, The Lafayette Community M.I.Brary is set to launch on June 27, 2018 with a preview day at Clifton Chenier Center in Lafayette from 5-7PM. Check out the Facebook event here. Lafayette will soon thereafter be able to check instruments out...

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MIBRARY Update #2

Dear Community, Since our last update, Team MIBrary has made tremendous progress. We have an official location: the Downtown Lafayette Public Library! Our launch date is forthcoming, but we anticipate late spring or early summer 2018. To date, Team MIBrary...

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Acadian Rain Gardens

Acadian Rain Gardens

Acadian Rain Garden

Project Description

Team”Acadian Rain Gardens” was funded $2,500 during the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2017 to create rain gardens within Lafayette in locations that are frequently flooded.  The gardens will be planted with native Acadiana wetland plants, including vibrant wildflowers such as red Hibiscus, purple Pontedaria and blue Iris. These gardens would benefit the community in a myriad of ways: they would beautify our city, assist water in soaking into the soil, save money, increase the natural space in the city, and help educate citizens and visitors about the natural heritage of our region.

What if Lafayette could reduce maintenance costs of regularly flooded areas, better manage rain water and run-off, and improve the environmental quality of water flooding into our Vermilion River all while creating scenic spots that serve both aesthetic and educational purposes? We can, by creating Acadian Rain Gardens. We propose creating rain gardens within Lafayette in locations that are frequently flooded.  The gardens will be planted with native Acadiana wetland plants, including vibrant wildflowers such as red Hibiscus, purple Pontedaria and blue Iris. These gardens will be inviting to the public and outfitted with signage to educate passersby on the importance of wetland habitats, water management issues, and the substantial natural heritage of Acadiana.

These gardens would benefit the community in a myriad of ways: they would beautify our city by turning damp, degraded grass areas into flowering wetland communities full of life; they would assist water in soaking into the soil, thereby lessening the water that burdens ditches and coulees during rain events; they would save money by turning managed lawn into native plantings that don’t need to be mowed, sprayed, or watered; they would increase the natural space in the city using our own Acadiana plants, creating a more welcoming feel for visitors and citizens alike; and they would help educate citizens and visitors about the natural heritage of our region, and why wetlands are important habitats for the community.

Project Details

Team Leader Scott Jones
Funded Date July 29, 2017
Location: Lafayette, LA

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(Final Update Pending)

Acadian Rain Gardens Update #2

Dear Community, The Acadian Rain Garden Team is growing more and more every day (please excuse the pun, we’re just a bunch of nerds). Since our last update, our team has made major leaps and bounds in regard to designing our gardens. We’ve been meeting on...

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Acadian Rain Gardens Update #1

Dear Community, Since receiving funding from the 24CP, the Acadiana Rain Garden team has initiated the following tasks: 1. Successful receipt of funding from donors to the UL Lafayette 501 c3 fund. 2. Initiated conversations with LCG Environmental Quality...

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