• Town Beautification: Students Paying It Forward

    “Town Beautification: Students Paying It Forward”


    Glenda E Dufreche

    Ponchatoula High School Educator

    Ponchatoula High School students from Glenda E. Dufreche and Toni Burns classes have been awarded funds from The Brown Foundation Community Service Awards Program for the second year. The students installed fifty Woolly-Pocket planters in downtown Ponchatoula at the alligator cage. Students participate in Community Based Instruction on a weekly basis. Last year, while studying about their Community and the importance of being part of the community, the students decided that they wanted to give back to their community. Participating in the school’s AgriScience Program, the students decided it would be nice to raise and plant plants in downtown Ponchatoula. The opportunity arose to apply for a grant from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation Service Learning Program. A meeting was held with Mayor Zabbia to present the idea and secure his support of the project. Receiving support from the Mayor, the grant was submitted. In August, 2017 the school received notification that their grant entitled “Town Beautification: Students Paying It Forward” was funded. The school received notice in August, 2018 that the project would be funded for a second year.

    The Brown Foundation Community Service Awards Program began in 1993. The program rewarded middle, junior and high schools in a three-parish area for community service efforts. In 1999, this program evolved into the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation Service Learning Program. The Service Learning Program offers awards to elementary, middle, junior high and high schools in ten Louisiana parishes (Tangipahoa, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, Washington, and St. Tammany) and counties in Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Awards are granted through an application process to K-12 teachers who are infusing service learning into the school curriculum and activities.

    The mission of the K-12 service learning program is to:

    • Award funds to teachers of grades K-12 interested in incorporating service learning into their curriculum.
    • Support service learning partnerships between agencies and schools.
    • Link classroom learning to meaningful service.

    The application process determines the amount of the reward request. Each applicant completes the application process. Checks are issued to the school in September and not the staff/teacher applying for the grant. Funds are utilized to fund the grant in accordance to the project application and approved budget. At the end of the project, the grantee must complete and submit an Expenditure and Evaluation Report. Schools wishing to apply for future grants can contact the Brown Foundation at 504-834-3433 or at their website, http://ww/thebrownfoundation.org/servicelearning.html.

    Students from Mrs. Glenda E. Dufreche’s class include:  Ezzence Carr, Elizabeth Dupart, Jada Hunter, Zoe Miller, William Pfister, Hunter Reno, Brianna Riley, Hunter Tippitt,  Hannah Vicaro, Alexander Turgeau, and Jayma Harrell. Para educators are Ms. Henrietta Lucas and Ms Jasmine Jones. Students from Ms. Toni Burn’s class are: Kaetlyn Brown, Ja’miya Brumfield, Holly Cowen, Seth Cowen

    Bethany Dragg, Mason Forrest, Jahiem Grant, La’Brand Martin, Johnathan Obrien, Jada Rock, Landen Rushing, Alex St. Cyr, Cheyann Touchet, Dewayne Bertaut, Cassidy Cowell, Victoria Dubret, Jordon Dwyer, Franklin Ky’Juan, Dantaviou McGee, Jade Parker, Nathaniel Nunez,  Allyson Roberts, and Justin St. Cyr. Para educators are: Ms. Pat Saucier, Ms. Peggy Poche Stromeyer,Ms. Julie Landaiche, and Ms. Elenora Tillie.