Students at Jackson Elementary learned about different Christmas traditions and cultures in their home state during a Dec. 17 lesson.
Titled “A Louisiana Christmas,” the learning centers for third- through fifth-graders provided an opportunity to visit and participate in seven interactive stations hosted by teachers and volunteers from throughout East Feliciana Parish.
The stations — some of them about the special traditions practiced in several parishes — were titled “An Acadian Christmas,” “A Jazzy Christmas,” “Bonfires on the Levee,” “Christmas on the Bayou,” “Christmas at the Capitol,” “Festival of Lights” and “Rolling Down the River.”
Each center featured a lesson and an activity.
Students learned about the Acadian-Cajun French who came from Canada, New Iberia native and artist George Rodrigue, the significance of jazz music, the State Capitol building and the geography of several rivers in Louisiana, while activities included creating their own Blue Dog paintings, designing Christmas cards and ornaments, crafting necklaces, making homemade kazoos, competing in relay races and listening to a reading of “A Cajun Night Before Christmas.”
State maps were carried by the students to each station so they could locate the parish they were “visiting.” The students rotated through all the stations, which lasted about 17 minutes each.
Jackson Elementary librarian Carol Sloan organizes the lesson each year and said next year, the students will learn about Christmas across America.
“Last year, they learned about Christmas around the world,” Sloan said.
“As we prepare our students to be 21st-century citizens, it’s important they learn about and appreciate the variety of cultures in our own state, country and those around the world,” Jackson Principal Megan Phillips said.