SPHS students to compete at Home and Garden Show

A quick Google search will show you that the return of Shop class is a real and growing phenomenon, now preparing students for professions ranging from carpentry and construction to engineering and architecture. Leaders of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans (HBA- GNO) hope the group’s new Bayou Battle of the Build (BBB) competition will help encourage workforce development in construction trades. In BBB, teams from area high schools will plan and build a project, then present it for judging at the 2020 New Orleans Home & Garden Show, March 27-29 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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South Plaq. YMCA forms Leaders Club

The South Plaquemines YMCA has formed a Leaders Club (teens in seventh through 12th grade) in collaboration with South Plaquemines High School. Leaders Club is designed to provide knowledge, training and experiences so that teens become strong leaders in their community and foster a spirit of service to others. Leaders gain confidence, maturity and exposure for career and college readiness through club participation.

Family Gras 2020

On Sunday, Feb. 23, come on down and across to the Eastbank for the Annual “Plaquemines Parish Family Gras 2020.” This year, Family Gras will be the perfect getaway for your family. Everyone is invited throughout Plaquemines Parish and all surrounding parishes. There will be a parade along the traditional parade route (Hwy. 15 Pointe a la hache to Davant Park), over 30 food vendors (Gumbo, Boiled Crawfish, Shrimp Poboys, Oysters, BBQ, etc.), Live Entertainment by the “Just Right Band,” and most importantly, family and fun! Proceeds from this event will benefit Phoenix High School.

Andry announces resignation from Civil Service Commission

Plaquemines Civil Service Commissioner Gibby Andry only intended to serve one three-year term on the parish’s sounding board for employee grievances and policies. He provided a further public service at the commission’s Feb. 12 meeting by explaining that if a commissioner doesn’t formally submit his or her intention to step down, they’re automatically renewed for a second term.

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BCHS teacher named CRCL 2020 Volunteer of the Year

Belle Chasse High School teacher and coach Casey McMann, pictured far right with his students in the Belle Chasse Coastal Restoration Club on site at a restoration project, has been announced as Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year. A CRCL press release from last week lauded McMann among 13 Stewardship Award recipients who will be recognized at a gala event March 27 in Baton Rouge. A statement from McMann and the Belle Chasse Coastal Restoration Club thanks CRCL for the recognition and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation for organizing wetland tree and grass plantings in Woodlands Conservancy in which BCCRC has participated. “Personally, I’d like to thank the students at BCHS who spend their time after school or on weekends participating in these projects, learning about our coast and its ecology and sharing their experiences with others. That is the heart of our mission,” said McMann. Student Michelle Flores-Acosta added “We planted marsh grass one-by-one and once we were done, seeing the overall progress was spectacular. It might be strenuous work at times, but the learning experience and knowing you’re making a difference pays off. And if you just have fun and make friends, it doesn’t feel like work.” Photo courtesy of Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana



Throughout the month of October, we are celebrating our amazing shelter dogs for National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! There are many benefits to adopting a dog instead of purchasing one from a breeder.

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