Camp Carter Cultural Cruisin'

ccarterStudents attending Camp Carter perform dance and music routines in a recital for guests that they learned that day and the day before with dance instructor Jane Albright and her mother, music instructor Ellene Owens. Twenty-one students from Carter C. Raymond attended the two-week camp that is in its fourth year. The theme this year was "Cultural Cruisin'." Nancy Noles, education coordinator for the Alexandria Museum of Art which oversees the camp, said the camp gives students on fun and educational experiences. One of the activities, Noles said the students enjoyed was visiting Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Sites. - View Photo Gallery @TheTownTalk

Can this Cardboard Float

TOWNTALK - Melinda Martinez - The TownTalk   Principles of engineering students from Tioga High School built canoes made out of cardboard and duct tape. The canoes had to be seven feet long and three feet wide - enough to fit through a classroom door. Four teams consisting of four students each held a race at Lake Buhlow in Pineville on Tuesday to test their canoes' seaworthiness. "This is our priniciples of engineering class at Tioga High School that we offer," said Chuck Perkins, engineering teacher and coach. "And this the second phase of engineering." Perkins said thermodynamics, weight displacement and water displacement were among the things students learned in the course. "And so with this challenge, they've taken all these things that they've learned over the two courses of engineering and applied them into actually building a cardboard boat to see how well it's going to float," said Perkins.  Click here to see photos of tests @ The


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Groups earned points for added difficulty if they incorporated more than one required loop, jump and bank. Duff said engineering twists and turns was the hardest part.

"The bank was the most difficult task for us because it was difficult to learn how to mitigate different the velocities and momentum that we had to incorporate," he said.

Some of the materials students used to build their coaster included string lights for the track and wood and PVC pipe for supports. Tory Carman said students used S.T.E.M. reasoning to solve challenges they encountered whether with the materials or design. Continue reading article at

J.I. Barron students make a book about the New Orleans Saints

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - A group of students at J.I. Barron Elementary School are now experts on the New Orleans Saints after spending the last year writing a book about them.

J.I. Barron book called "Love Our Saints" being showcased at a release party.
They celebrated this accomplishment with a book release party on Friday.

Angel Maxey and Susie Ingram's second grade class teamed up with Pre-K students to become 'book buddies'. Each team was given a member of the Saints to research and write about

Click to read article at KALB.

Young Author Winner

Brame Student Places in Young Author's Contest

Akya Carter placed second in the state Young Author's contest sponsored by the Louisiana Reading Association with her poetry entry titled "The Story of a Dream." Congratulations to this a seventh grade student at Brame Middle School.

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