The Fairview-Alpha School held it’s open house this Monday, Aug. 13. Brooke Williams, in her 6th year at the helm of the school and in her 25th year as an educator, greeted the returning students and their families with a warm smile and made them feel at home. The school serves over 300 students in grades pre-k through 6th. Students may choose from a variety of activities in addition to their studies. The school hosts an active 4-H and Cloverbuds chapter as well as Project 212, an integrated learning adventure featuring everything from gardening to cooking and art to teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) concepts. Saturday classes are also offered to assist students who may need a bit of extra help.
The pastor and members of Fairview-Alpha Baptist Church provided cake, ice cream, snacks and drinks to the students, teachers and family members in attendance. Their generous donation of food, and more importantly, of their time, was a wonderful display of community support.
Another noteworthy aspect of the new school year is the presence of five future teachers from NSU’s Education Department. These young men and women are “residents”, part of a new program designed to enhance teacher education in our state. They will be spending the whole academic year at their school, paired with an experienced teacher, as opposed to the prior student teaching experience that did not last a full year.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes all the best to the boys and girls of the Fairview-Alpha School for the upcoming school year. We also wish every success to the five residents from NSU as they complete their teacher preparation education. You are a truly impressive group of young men and women and we hope that you will consider a career with the Natchitoches Parish School system after graduation.