Visual arts students at St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy were invited by Supriya Jindal to decorate Christmas ornaments for trees at the Governor’s Mansion.

The students’ ornaments represented a combination of Louisiana’s rich culture and many sports and the joy of the holiday season, school officials said.

Jo’el Givens, talented arts teacher, said she is proud her students’ work is getting displayed after only several classes of working with the students.

“This is just the beginning of showcasing the exceptional talent of St. Helena Parish,” Givens said.

St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy is part of the Turnaround Arts: Louisiana program. Turnaround Arts uses arts education as a tool to help turn around struggling schools.

Led by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, together with local partners, the program brings high-quality arts education resources to the school and helps it use those resources to improve attendance, parent engagement, student motivation and more, according to St. Helena Parish Superintendent Kelli Joseph.