Exchange Club honors elementary teachers

The Exchange Club of Baton Rouge honored 11 new elementary school teachers at the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board’s Oct. 15 meeting as part of the 19th Annual Adopt-A-Teacher program.

The teachers received grants to School Aids to help buy start-up materials for their classrooms. Sixteen more teachers have since been visited in classrooms and presented grants.

The teachers and their schools are: Jes’ca Signater, Audubon; Hannah Cameron, Kotina Doyle and Quiana Stewart, Bernard Terrace; Kaitlen Perkins, Baton Rouge Center for Visual & Performing Arts; Ricky Bigham and Karla Delgado, Cedarcrest-Southmoor; Yolanda Williams, Claiborne; Chancey Slider, Eden Park; Kiesha Trotter, Glen Oaks Park; Megan Vernon, LaSalle; Brooke Patterson, Magnolia Woods; Jane Noble, Mayfair Lab; Lisa Pratt, Melrose; Mary Brown and Alexis Revish, Park; Brandon Trahan, Park Forest; Lytrell Boley and Chayla Price, Ryan; Jarquell Wilson, Southdowns Pre-K; Rachel Parker, Villa Del Rey; Jasmine Harrison, Kailey Kistler and Lauren Lirette, Wedgewood; Christine Schexandyer, Westdale Heights Academic Magnet; Denise Sherman, Wildwood; and Kenyatte Gilbert, Winbourne.

Noble was adopted by the East Baton Rouge Lions Club, Gilbert by the Baton Rouge Area Society of Psychologists. Other major partners were: School Aids, Neighbors Federal Credit Union, Capital One Bank, Gerry Lane Enterprises, Louisiana Lottery, Juban Insurance Group, Giraphic Prints, Safeguard Promotions and Printing, Association for Talent Development, Louisiana Education Loan Authority, South Baton Rouge Kiwanis Club, Dr. Kelly Ray Paulk, Dr. Brenda Dawson, Dr. Richard Flicker, Dr. Christine Angelloz, Lillian Grossley, Dr. Murelle Harrison, Scott and Nadine Couper, Dr. Claire Advokat and Connie Bernard. Neighbors’ contribution was made in memory of former Exchange Club Board member Michael Prince.

Including this year, 486 teachers have received grants in the hundreds of dollars each through the Adopt-A-Teacher program since 1997. For information about the Exchange Club or how to contribute to the Adopt-A-Teacher program, contact Flicker, (225) 931-1626, or visit

Local ESGR attends Yellow Ribbon event

The Baton Rouge Sector of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was one of about 20 Louisiana employers or sponsors to participate in a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Nov. 7 at the Baton Rouge Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The event offered military personnel and families guidance and support services. About 150 military National Guard soldiers, airmen and family members attended. This event is designed to help ease families through the transition into society from deployment to the return home of the soldier.

The Louisiana Field Committee for Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve represents all members of the reserve components. There are volunteers across Louisiana to educate employers and service members about their rights and obligations. ESGR is an office of the Department of Defense.

LSU retirees hear about Sun Records artists

Retired LSU English professor Barbara Sims spoke to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club Nov. 9 about the artists who recorded at Sun Records, where she worked from 1957-60.

She gave insights about the “million dollar quartet” of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, so-called because of the candid photograph of them together. She found Roy Orbison kind but melancholy.

Although gospel music influenced the musicians, the tunes were a mix of country, pop and rhythm and blues. Getting the job wasn’t easy for a woman, but producer Sam Phillips hired her.

Judy Koonce, Pat Lee, Doreen Maxcy and Rosemary Wilhelm provided refreshments. Retirees meet monthly. For details, email

Gurt, O’Neill perform in Music Club program

The Music Club of Baton Rouge held a program, “A Music Adventure Through England, Spain, and the Americas,” Nov. 10 at the Woman’s Club.

Michael Gurt, Paula Garvey Manship distinguished professor of piano at LSU, performed selections by Schumann, Albeniz and Villa-Lobos. Patricia O’Neill, soprano and professor emerita of voice at LSU, performed the “Hermit Songs” by Samuel Barber, with pianist Allison Blumenthal.

Gwen Redding was program chair. The hospitality committee included co-chairs Sue Rainer and Norma Roberts, Adrienne Aronstein, Penny Bell, Patsy Borie, Nanette Egros, Warren Fraser, Barbara Nelson, Ann Platt, Rita Satawa and Janene Wacker.

LASM’s Mitchell gets science teaching award

Nita Mitchell, Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s interpreter for science, received the Louisiana Science Teachers Association’s Informal Science Education Award on Nov. 10.

The award recognizes one LSTA member who, as an out-of-classroom educator, has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of science education.

For the past 10 years, Mitchell has developed and implemented K-12 programming for the museum, created connections with community partners such as BASF to bring the Kids’ Lab program to the museum and led outreach initiatives including the Youth ALIVE! Program, which provides mentoring and educational activities for young women.

“Nita is a consummate educator who is always finding new ways to share her love for learning and the wonders of the world with audiences of all ages. With a natural ability to teach through performance, Nita presents science in a uniquely enthusiastic manner,” museum President Carol Gikas said.

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.