Alternative student gain wider focus

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 13, 2013

LAPLACE – St. John Alternative Program held a week of activities, sponsored by Cargill Inc., that expanded the students’ educational vision beyond high school.
The week began with a strong presence of parents at school having continental breakfast and discussing grades with teachers. The halls were inundated with college banners, pennants, T-shirts and admission requirements.
“Steps to Success…Lead by Legends” was coordinated by Ellen Grant, social worker, to provide students with a realistic framework for a productive life. The activities coincided with the didactic strategies of extremely dedicated teachers. The students visited Southern University, LSU and Baton Rouge Community College. The tour of campuses included historical sites, meeting with university personnel and gathering information for ACT, SAT, tuition and preparatory courses.
Even though the week entailed academic disciplines and journal writing about the events, there were intriguing moments. While on LSU’s campus, Mike the Tiger displayed his vertical stripes and enormous body size as he made gentle strides in his cage. At the end of the day, with clean hands, clean plates and etiquette enforced from their teachers, the students dined at a restaurant.
Former students Angelica Franklin, Chaquan Tyler and Shante’ Johnson shared their experiences to
the group to ease their transition to high school.
Even though knowledge is power, parent Patricia Eugene pleaded with the student body to make right choices so that another young life would not be lost through violence.
The students also heard inspirational and supportive talks from school board member Ali Burl, former superintendent Cleveland Farlough, Pastor Donald August, Capt. Randall Joseph, Patricia Eugene, Lavenya Bourgeois, ESJH Counselor Tai Cambre and Lt. Greg Baker.