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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Arts in Action: Visiting Three LAA+ Schools

Students and teachers at our nine Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+) are well into the new academic year, creating dynamic classrooms where the arts enhance all subjects. George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts' Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue and LAA+ Director Bethany France traveled to northern Louisiana last week to visit three of our schools to talk with students and witness how the arts are transforming the way they learn.

South Highlands Elementary Magnet in Shreveport, LA

Rodrigue and France visited South Highlands Elementary Magnet in Shreveport, Grace Episcopal School in Monroe, and Homer Elementary School in Homer. At each school, they were greeted by enthusiastic educators and students - all eager to describe how their classrooms use dance, painting, theatre, and other art forms to teach all subjects.   While in Shreveport, Rodrigue was a guest on Talk of the Town with Tom Pace to discuss arts integration and the impact of the LAA+ program across the state.  Click here to listen to the interview.

Homer Elementary School in Homer, LA

Grace Episcopal School in Monroe, LA

"What a great experience to see arts integration in action at these schools and how engaged the students are. From the classrooms to the hallways, these schools are bursting with creative energy," says Jacques Rodrigue. He continues, "Having visited some of the best A+ schools in the country, I am so pleased with how our schools are meeting the challenges of whole-school transformation. It's inspiring to talk with the students and hear how excited they are to learn and come to class."

The nine schools in the Louisiana A+ Schools program are in various locations across the state. Learn more about them by clicking the map below.

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