Lanette Hebert, Schultz, Bruce | 3/7/2007 10:50:26 PM
LAFAYETTE – The LSU AgCenter is partnering with an area newspaper in a project to help students, parents and teachers with the learning process.
By teaming with the Lafayette Daily Advertiser, the LSU AgCenter is sponsoring Kid Scoop, which appears in the newspaper every Tuesday. It features word puzzles and games. This week’s Kid Scoop has a lesson on Helen Keller.
A ribbon cutting marking the official kickoff of the partnership was held Monday (March 5).
In addition, the project includes a link to the Kid Scoop Lesson Library at the Web site: www.kidscoop.com/partners/daily_advertiser/.
The partnership also has the flexibility to expand beyond the classroom.
"We’ll have the opportunity to do teacher workshops," said Lanette Hebert, a regional 4-H coordinator for the LSU AgCenter. 4-H is the youth development and outreach program of the nation’s land-grant universities and is operated in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter.
The Web site provides teachers and parents with a lesson plan. A grade level and a skill are selected for students. For example, a fourth grade science lesson on machines asks students to find pictures of simple machines, such as an inclined plane and a pulley.
Judy Broussard, literacy coordinator for the Daily Advertiser and the Opelousas Daily World, said the Web site gives teachers and parents an additional learning tool.
"There are all kinds of lessons and grade levels," Broussard said. "It will help parents and teachers to do a better job."
Dr. Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor and director of its Extension Service, said working with newspapers is good for the LSU AgCenter.
"The newspapers in cities are the heart and soul of a community," he said. "There’s a tremendous opportunity for learning. I’d like to see this as a pilot program to be expanded into other cities."
For more information on the variety of research and educational programs conducted by the LSU AgCenter across Louisiana, visit www.lsuagcenter.com.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture