Teach For America Corps helps out at RRAAM

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

Teacher for America teachers in Donaldsonville remove clean up sugarcane planting machine invented by Leonard Julien in 1964.

Last week the region welcomed an incoming group of 100 new Teach For America corps member who will be teaching in communities throughout South Louisiana this coming school year.

This year's regional incoming corps, which is among the most diverse in our history, has a record number individuals with ties to Louisiana (either those who grew up here or attended college here). These 100 new teachers are joining more than 50 second year teachers who together will reaching more than 10,000 students this coming school year. Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. A community partner in South Louisiana since 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity.

As part of our week of initial training, new teachers participated in service activities ranging from tutoring to painting and restoration work across the region in East Baton Rouge, St. Helena, East Feliciana, Ascension, Avoyelles, and Pointe Coupee. In Donaldsonville, corps members worked on projects at the African American Museum. I've attached a photo of the folks working there.