Online safety programs planned for kids, parents

The Iberville Parish School District this week hosts two programs educating students and parents about safe internet use and online behavior.

Tenth through 12th graders from across the district will participate at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy-west campus. A symposium geared to adults about student online safety is set for 9 a.m. Friday on the campus.

“We are finding that those rearing children often have no idea of the dangers technology and social media pose for young people,” Elvis Cavalier, chief academic officer for Iberville Parish schools, said in a news release.

The school system has partnered with Gaggle, a national provider of safe online learning products, to provide the content of these programs.

The student program will address bullying, provide internet safety tips and encourage students to protect their reputations and stay out of trouble online.

An additional program geared towards fifth through ninth graders will be held on Thursday, also at MSA-West.

Superintendent Ed Cancienne is expected to sit on the panel discussion Friday with parents, along with Pointe Coupee Parish Schools Superintendent Kevin Lemoine, Sheriff Brett Stassi and officials from District Attorney’s Office of the 18th Judicial District Court.

WBR Museum’s busy week

This week, the West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture at noon Wednesday featuring Southern regional art historian and LSU visiting professor Claudia Kheel.

Kheel’s illustrated talk — “The Portrait, the Artist and the Patron” — is timed to complement the museum’s current exhibition by the same title.

And from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the museum will host Portraits and Pastels, an evening of refreshment, relaxation and portrait drawing.

Attendees will be able to make their own masterpieces under the professional guidance of a local artist and art educator.

Through its partnership with West Baton Rouge Parish Schools, the museum will also host the annual Talented Art Student exhibit from Jan. 16 through March 6.

The exhibit will include artwork by students enrolled in the school district’s Talented Art Program.

An opening reception for the annual event will be held at the museum Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This Friday also marks the final day the museum will accept artifacts from the public to include in its upcoming exhibit commemorating the history of Cohn High School, the only high school for black students in the area before integration.

The museum is asking the public to loan items that relate to the school. The items can be sports memorabilia, including varsity jackets, trophies and ribbons.

The museum is also interested in prom dresses, yearbooks, school books, awards, term papers, music, classroom ephemera, report cards, and photographs that depict what the school was like and the social life for its students and faculty.

Anyone who would like to loan items is asked to contact Lauren Hawthorne at (225) 336-2422 ext. 11.

MLK programs and march

Mary Immaculate Council No. 119 and St. Aubry Ladies Auxiliary Court No. 119 on Jan. 16 will host their annual Martin Luther King Celebration march and program.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with the ML King March on Landry Street at Bayou Maringouin. A program will follow at 10:40 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Hall.

The featured speaker is Pointe Coupee Parish native Agnes Andrew and Baton Rouge entrepreneur Agnes Andrews.

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