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Release No. STELPRD4007732
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ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN AVOYELLES PARISH WITH THE HELP OF USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Jan 18, 2011 -- 

USDA funds were used to construct a new charter school in Avoyelles, which ten years ago was a soybean field. Over the years, additional projects were funded by USDA Rural Development which included a new road, classrooms, cafeteria, high school, gymnasium and a performing arts building.

As a result of USDA Rural Development funding, the preparation for lifelong enrichment through education, arts and other programs will better prepare the students to continue on to college and enhance the quality of student life.

On March 10, 2010, USDA Rural Development State Director Clarence W. Hawkins joined community leaders, teachers, business owners, students, parents, and founders for the Avoyelles Public Charter School’s 10th year anniversary ‘’Sense Louisiana’’. The event featured the elements of taste, see, hear, and grow. Special guests included Chef Alice Waters, International Slow Food Vice-President of Chez Pannise, Berkey, CA and Chef Joe Truex, along with local vendors who provided cooking demonstrations. A special treat was the edible schoolyard garden which Alice Waters helped to implement on the schools campus. Performances from the students were presented with musical selections by the choirs and words of appreciation from the students.

This project is a part of the Hurricane Disaster Initiative Funding and is located in a special emphasis parish of the Lower Mississippi Delta Development Initiative.

Money Spent: over $11 million

Last Modified:07/24/2014 
 
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