Upon the likely closing of my alma mater, Redemptorist High School, I can’t help but reflect back to my Catholic school girl days in uniform and being taught by the nuns, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and the priests, the Redemptorists.
My academia prior to St. Gerard Majella Elementary School was in public school, where all my classes were taught by one teacher.
But there I was, switching classes for the first time in this historic three-story building that was St. Gerard.
It was exciting for a public school transfer. The building was large for a fifth-grader, yet I’m certain if I were to roam the halls today, the building would be much smaller than in my memories.
Some of those friends I made that first year at St. Gerard are among my closest, dearest pals today.
After the sixth grade, it was on to Redemptorist Junior High School, domain of seventh- through ninth-graders. Redemptorist Senior High, as it was called, was for sophomores, juniors and seniors.
When you’re the most senior grade in any school, a sense of entitlement and respect comes with being at the top of the student hierarchy. But as luck would have it, the year us ninth-graders were to rule the school, my class, the class of 1988, was transferred to the high school and became the first freshman class in Redemptorist’s history.
So, not only were we deprived of being the oldest students in junior high, but now we were back at the bottom of the student totem pole as the first freshmen class — a devastating turn of events in the life of a teen.
Still, I have only the fondest memories of education at my dear old alma mater.
Meanwhile, around West Feliciana …
Audubon State Historic Site, 11788 La. 965, St. Francisville, presents Catching Fire from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 24. Everyone is invited to learn the art and science of building a fire and then test their skills with primitive fire-making techniques.
For information, call (225) 635-3739.
Harvey Rabbit and Friends
Tim and Laura Allured, creators of Harvey Rabbit and Friends, were initially scheduled to perform at 9 a.m. Jan. 22 at Bains Lower Elementary School and at 1:45 p.m. for Bains Elementary students.
However, times have been changed by the schools, and the Allureds will now perform at 8:15 a.m. at Bains Elementary and 9:30 a.m. at Bains Lower Elementary.
Both performances will be in the gym.
Nellie McKinsey, of St. Francisville, turns 90 on Jan. 22.
Happy 90th birthday, Nellie, from your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, who love you and wish you the happiest of days.
YA Cafe Book Club
The YA Cafe Book Club for West Feliciana middle and high school students will meet at 5 p.m. Feb. 3 to finish the book “Croak” by Gina D’Amico.
Members will also be selecting and starting a new book for February.
The YA Cafe Book Club meets at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 5114 Burnett Road, St. Francisville.
Call the library at (225) 635-3364 for information.
Free baby care class
Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary, is offering a free prenatal and newborn baby care class at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 in the hospital’s staff development classroom.
The workshop is an overview of what to expect during pregnancy and delivery for the soon-to-be mom as well as baby care basics that new or expectant moms need to know to care for their newborns.
A tour of Baby Lane — the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum unit — is included. Partners are encouraged to attend; child care is not provided.
Registration is required. New or expectant mothers from West Feliciana are invited to attend.
Participants call (225) 658-4587 to register.
Send feedback, news and Around West Feliciana events to Stacy Gill by 3 p.m. Fridays. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (225) 993-0066.