One of the first steps to building a society is to choose a leader, and that’s what students at The Dufrocq School in Mid City learn every year in Crawfish Bayou, a microsociety that teaches students the democratic process by creating a student-run society.

Students start their own businesses, put money in the bank, get jobs and paychecks, save and pay taxes, police each other and vote for a president and governing body.

Students voted for Crawfish Bayou leaders after a week of campaigning, and will now move on with the business of running the community. Students use a portion of their time each week to participate in Crawfish Bayou.