In one week, Louisiana public school students will begin taking the LEAP, iLEAP and GEE standardized tests. Testing begins Monday, March 10, and the Louisiana Department of Education has opened a online help center and tutoring hotline (877-453-2721) that will run through this Friday, March 7. The hotline's open from 3 until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and sample questions are available online. You can also download practice tests.
Cox is also offering free video tutorials through Cox OnDemands. LEAP 21: Making the Grade, is a joint effort between LPB and the Louisiana State Department of Education and helps students prepare for the math and language arts sections of the LEAP test, with 15 segments each for 4th and 8th graders based the state's tutoring guide. In order to access the tutorials, Cox Digital subscribers should tune their TVs to Cox Channel 1, select "FreeZone," select "LEAP," and then make the appropriate tutorial selection.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.