Up to 25 fellowships will be awarded in 2012 to support the professional and personal development of rural teachers. The awards (up to $5,000 for individual teachers and $10,000 for a team of two or more teachers) support teachers' participation in self-designed summer learning experiences and a two-day place-based learning institute in the fall. For more info and application details, click here.
Kiss a PIG???? The Assistant Principals at D. C. Reeves Elementary are participating in a United Way Fundraiser at their school where students can donate money to "buy" votes for their favorite administrator to KISS a PIG!. There's a lot of competition going on between Strader Cieutat and Amanda Montalbano, hoping to raise funds for the United Way as well as helping their co-worker become the lucky pig kisser. If the school raises $500 or more, all three DCR Administrators, including Principal May Stilley, will have the honor of kissing the pig!
Ponchatoula High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC visit Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina
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The Ponchatoula High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC travelled to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, SC, to participate in leadership training and confidence building. Thirty-eight students along with four faculty chaperons spent the week of 20-24 June at “boot camp.” The students and chaperons stayed in the open squad-bay barracks and ate in the dining facility (chow hall) during the stay. Morning wake-up was in typical Marine Corps boot camp fashion. The students got to experience first-hand some of the training that a Marine recruit faces during their 13-week stay at Parris Island. The students were initially introduced to the famous “yellow footprints” and the ensuing “meet the Drill Instructor” initiation. Training began immediately thereafter. Although each student had their favorite part of training, the consensus was that the 47-foot rappel tower was the most exciting. The confidence course and obstacle course were also huge favorites. The students also negotiated the Leadership Reaction Course which is part of the defining moment in boot camp named “The Crucible.” Leadership classes, close-order-drill, physical fitness training, a swim qualification brief, and a visit to the base museum rounded out the events for the week. Students pictured in photo are Erin West, Billie Sparnecht, Christa Clement, Logan Pierson, Joseph Gonzales, Dylan Walker, Shane Schenk and Kristina Barnard. Article was submitted by: