Twenty young scholars from The Academy of Dallas Public Charter School visited Natchitoches this weekend as part of their Practicum in which they travel, learn, and try out some of the new skills they have learned. Dr. Ross F. Williams, a Natchitoches native and current Superintendent of the school, lead the tour. The students toured Roque’s Farm, NSU, The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, and downtown Natchitoches. They also took a ride on the Cane River Queen riverboat and enjoyed meatpies while listening to a talk on entrepreneurship from the owners of the iconic Lasyone’s Restaurant.
Dr. Williams is a 1988 alumni of Natchitoches Central High School who went on to Southern University and Central Michigan University before earning his Doctorate from Saint Thomas University. He hails from a local family of business owners who were also prominent activists in the civil rights era in our city. The Academy of Dallas Public Charter School is a Pre-K through 8th grade school founded in 1998 with a sister facility in San Antonio. The school offers the regular Texas curriculum with an additional focus on teaching entrepreneurship. While in Natchitoches, the students also attended the film festival. As part of their practicum, the students are working on their own video production “The Natchitoches Experience: Legacy of a Native Son”, a film exploring the history of our city, the Williams family and the civil rights era.
The students culminated their trip as guests of Asbury United Methodist Church, the church in which Dr. Williams grew up. The Natchitoches Parish Journal extends its best wishes to these young men and women as they continue their academic journeys. We also hope that this is the first of many visits by future classes of the Academy of Dallas Public Charter School. Natchitoches people going out into the larger world and making their mark is always a joy to see.
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