FAMILY FUN DAY: Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton is holding a family fun day for current and prospective students and their families from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 at Mel Ott Park, 2201 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna.

The event will include performances by Zohar and the Free Spirit Stilt Walkers and Jonno and Bayou DeVille, activities for kids, games, refreshments and much more. It is free and open to the public.

YACS, the only arts-integrated elementary charter school on the west bank in Jefferson Parish, also is planning open house sessions at 7 p.m. July 17 and at 10 a.m. July 19 at the school at 1407 Virgil St., Gretna.

Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton will begin the 2014-15 school year Aug. 8, and is open to any Jefferson Parish student entering kindergarten through fourth grade. The school will add one grade each year to serve students in grades kindergarten through eighth by fall 2018.

For enrollment information, visit, call (504) 304-6332 or send email to

JEFFERSON PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOL CALENDAR: In adopting its calendar for the 2014-15 school year, the Jefferson Parish School Board returns to a one-week break for Mardi Gras and a five-day weekend for spring break.

The first day for teachers will be Aug. 5, and the first day for students will be Aug. 8.

Fall break will be Nov. 24-28, and winter break will be Dec. 22 through Jan. 2.

The Mardi Gras holiday will be Feb. 16-20, and spring break will be April 2-6. The last day for students will be May 21.

To view or download the full calendar, visit

ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS: KayCei Moton-Melancon, of New Orleans, and Emily Buddy, of Covington, were among the winners in the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest sponsored by Regions Bank. To enter, eligible high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors submitted an essay about a black person who inspired them.

Moton-Melancon, a student at Spelman College, wrote about Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress. Buddy, a student at St. Scholastica Academy, wrote about Maya Angelou.

To see the award-winning essays and to learn more about the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest, visit Information about the 2015 contest will be available early next year.