community

WRKF
5:22 am
Mon March 31, 2014

First Bell: For Her Youngest, Learning the ABCs Wasn't Easy as A-B-C

Beverly Ortego, an interventionist at Hosanna Christian Academy, with a reading student.

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:13 am

The First Bell series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email amy@wrkf.org with "My First Bell" in the subject line or tweet with the hashtag #MyFirstBell.

__________

LaToya Johnson is the mother of three boys.

Early on, in daycare and preschool, Johnson's older two learned their ABCs and how to write.

"So by the time I got to my youngest and he got to pre-k and he wasn’t able to recognize his alphabet, I was like, ok, something was wrong." 

That turned out to be the start of a journey that ultimately led Johnson to enroll her son Micah in a private school — Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge — through the state voucher program.

 


Read more
Food
4:36 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Smoking Hogs, Blowing Off Steam

New Orleans chefs including Aaron Burgau, Nathaniel Zimet, Dan Esses and Bart Bell celebrate a win in last year's Hogs for the Cause competition.

Hogs for the Cause, a charitable cook-off and festival, has quickly established a niche in New Orleans restaurant subculture.

Read more
Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What Do You Know About Coastal Erosion?

Every year 25 square miles of wetlands disappear from Louisiana's coast.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is coastal erosion.

Louisiana has 40 percent of the nation’s wetlands. A combination of man-made and environmental factors are causing more than 25 square miles of that area to disappear annually.

Read more
Environment
10:08 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Leeville Arts And Heritage Festival Draws Attention To Disappearing Town

Leeville Arts and Heritage Festival

Leeville, Louisiana is at the southern tip of Bayou Lafourche, along Louisiana state Highway 1. Recent decades have seen the town all but wash away, due to coastal erosion.

This Saturday, March 29, marks the first ever Leeville Arts and Heritage Festival. Janet Rhodus is the executive director of Launch Leeville, a nonprofit founded to promote the town. The Baton Rouge resident described her first trip to Leeville.

Read more
Education
8:35 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Services For Non-English Speaking Families Often Lacking In New Orleans Schools

Karen Gadbois Flickr

For decades, New Orleans’ largest bilingual community has been Vietnamese-American. Now, since Katrina, the number of Spanish-speaking families has been growing rapidly.

Reporter Katy Reckdahl has been looking at services for both of those growing communities in New Orleans’ public schools. She found the charter system and One App programs can make language services more complicated.

Read more
Education
8:30 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Wilson Charter School Embraces Students New To English

Sister Juanita Wood reads with a group of Spanish speaking kindergardeners.
Eve Abrams

When Logan Crowe became Principal of Andrew H. Wilson Charter School three years ago, the school had fewer than 10 non-English-speaking students.

Crowe actively recruited native Spanish speakers from New Orleans' swelling Latino population, and this year Wilson has 61 English as a Second Language students enrolled... but no funds to hire a full time ESL teacher.

Sister Juanita Wood, a bilingual nun near retirement, volunteered for the task and is paid a part-time stipend.

Read more
Mardi Gras Indians
4:17 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Super Sunday Postponed Again

New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians parade on Super Sunday.
Tulane University Public Relations

Feathers and water don't mix — Mardi Gras Indian feathers, that is.

Super Sunday was originally scheduled for March 16, rescheduled to March 23 due to a forecast of rain, and now the threat of rain has moved the festivities to yet another date: Sunday, March 30, according to the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council.

The 2014 Super Sunday festival starts at 11 a.m. at A.L. Davis Park, at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street. The parade starts at 1 p.m.

Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Is Art Essential To The Revitalization Of New Orleans?

Citizens artists create their own street signs along Bayou St. John.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is art and revitalization.

Local artist Jacques Duffourc has made New Orleans his canvas for many years.

"Everyone has a voice and everyone is a creator themselves and creates the place that they want around them. And they're allowed to do so. There's not a whole lot of rules here. If you want to walk around with your pajamas on, people are going to celebrate that," says Duffourc.

Read more
Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

After School Programs: Make Music NOLA

Some of the favorite moments Paul Macres has had in the classroom are when his students finally see the payoff of their discipline. He calls these eureka moments.
Credit Thomas Walsh

Click here to listen to this week's Notes.

Keeping New Orleans music alive for the next generation of our children means ensuring they have access to instruments, as well as to teachers who want to share the magic of melody with them. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with a couple of musicians who are doing just that.

Read more
The Lens
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Taking A Hard Look At School Bus Safety

New Orleans schools rely on a dozen fleets of private buses that travel along hundreds of routes.
Gerald Bernard Shutterstock.com

In New Orleans, hundreds of school buses criss-cross the city every day, picking up and dropping off kids at school. The city’s schools rely on a dozen fleets of private buses that travel along hundreds of routes.

Last month, 6-year-old Shaud Wilson was crossing a busy street to meet his school bus when he was hit and killed by a car.

Read more

Pages