A group of local teachers, is teaching– other teachers!

With a theme of a “Boston Tea Party,” Bossier Parish teachers got a taste of a different kind of party at their teacher inservice.

“A Kids Choice Foundation,” founded by local benefactor Denise Bankston, sponsored eight teachers to travel to Boston last summer.

Shelly Barrett, Principal of Meadowview Elementary School, said the mission is to better teach children who have learning differences.

“Kids who have a difficult time reading, in reading comprehension, there’s a need to make it relevant for them. Make it real-life, make it hands-on,” said Barrett.

At the inservice, the teachers enjoyed hot tea and Boston Cream cupcakes, and listened to presentations by teachers like Samantha Bailey. Bailey teaches first grade at Meadowview, and she was one of the few who spent a week at Landmark School in Boston.

“It was so amazing to see all the things that they can do to help these who have language-based learning difficulties,” said Bailey.

In addition to participating in the inservice, Pincipal Barrett also accepted a $10,000 check from “A Kids Choice Foundation.”

Immediately after the teacher inservice– the elementary school received a $6,000 donation from the Bossier Police Jury.

Author: Angela Cruz

Published On: Feb 29 2012 07:26:15 PM CST  Updated On: Jan 04 2012 06:25:23 AM CST