NSU Elementary Lab 3rd Grade Mardi Gras “Bal”

Mardi Gras may have been cancelled for other parts of Louisiana, but not for 3rd Graders at NSU Elementary Lab School. As part of the social studies curriculum, it is tradition for the third-grade classes to host the annual Mardi Gras Parade to engage the student body in our state’s unique culture. With COVID guidelines in place, the ColorTeam of Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Brown was challenged to think outside of the box this year. The innovative plan of allowing the Bayou Kids to make ELab history with their very own “Mardi Gras Bal” was presented to school principal, Mrs. Coleman and welcomed with full support. After soliciting the help of the class parent representatives, execution was in full swing. The students were formally invited to dress in their “Bal” attire and be prepared to Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez. Peers cast their votes for the Royal Court consisting of King Riley Brittain, Queen Erin Dupre'(Brown’s homeroom), King Brody McKee and Queen Ava Fredieu(Gray’s homeroom). Students participated in a second line around school that led them to their venue of festive decorations, Louisiana inspired music and a variety of King Cakes. “We have learned that there are ways to safely continue traditions and instill a sense of normalcy for our students. All we needed to execute the memorable event was a dedicated teacher with a wild hair of an idea, a teaching partner ready to roll on all cylinders, parental support, and a leader with a shared vision. We look forward to adding this to our list of the many other unique third grade traditions!”

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