Education + Engagement = Excellence in New Orleans

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The Education Department continues to provide engaging and creative opportunities to our families who are past or current residents of the Iberville/Bienville Basin Community and or participants in programs that benefit their entire family. One of our longest running and most successful programs is Maturing Champions in Treme´ thru Extended Learning (MCTEL)’s weekly family night. Family Literacy Night is an initiative to engage students enrolled at Success Preparatory Academy in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Ms. Michele Mazique facilitated the March session and engaged families though a book discussion and hands-on activity, making mosaics. Prior to Ms. Mazique’s presentation, several other community members facilitated music literacy sessions. Every Thursday evening we welcome families to participate in Family Literacy Night while enjoying a meal. About one-third of MCTEL students participate in Family Night with a family member.

We also engage families with high school age students through The Excellence, Encouragement and Education (E-Camp) Program. One way we continue to engage E-Camp families is by extending invitations several times a year to participate in activities and events of partner organizations. Most recently, families were invited to an event sponsored by Young Audiences, Young Aspirations. YAYA provides free and low cost art education to families in the New Orleans area. We collaborated with YAYA to provide our E-Camp families with a glass ornament making class on Saturday, February 20. Three families agreed to attend. On the day of the event, two families participated which included one family of from E-Camp. Participation rates are affected age demographics for E-Camp (13-18 year olds) being one of our smaller populations, lack of transportation, and students’ involvement in other activities.

-Shantell, Lee, Program Coordinator