Her son, Larry, was shot and killed in 1991 in Chicago by two teenage boys. She became a national spokeswoman for handgun control and turned her grief into a foundation that helps troubled youth escape street life. Elizalde-Robinson was a guest on Oprah Winfrey's "Children and Guns" show in 1995, where she was awarded Winfrey's first "Parent of the Week" designation.
The foundation is wrapping up a six-week summer camp for at-risk sixth through eighth graders in Lafayette Parish. From 8 a.m.-4 p.m. every day, the students have participated in music, dance, art and theater activities and rehearsed for their summer production. More than 100 kids have traveled to 14 locations around the area performing their Cinderella-esque musical, Beauty is a Beast.
"Performing in every type of location forces them to learn adaptability," says Elizalde-Robinson. "The children learn teamwork, cooperation, how to think outside the box, flexibility and the rigorous schedule of two performances a day." The camp's final performance takes place this Saturday, Aug. 13, during ArtWalk at Galerie Lafayette in Jefferson Street Market.
The children's self portraits ' black and white photos taken by visual artist Stephanie Patton and embellished by the students ' will hang in the gallery through Sept. 3. At 7 p.m., the children will perform a piece from their production, in addition to performances by other members of the camp staff, including choreographer Matt Couvillion and local musician Lerone Rubin.
Elizalde-Robinson plans to continue the program throughout the year, after school and on Saturdays, and is looking for a permanent home for the camp. Her five'year goal is to duplicate the program in surrounding communities. "If we could take this into communities outside of this one, it becomes an inspiration for children and civic leaders, taking children from a tendency toward mischief and misbehavior to the right way."
For more information about Harvest a Dream, call 501-2916.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
It is distinctly possible control of the U.S. Senate will hinge on Louisiana, which is why, during the last several months, outside groups have made this the most expensive election in Louisiana history.
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
A constellation of South Louisiana musical stars descends on Parc Sans Souci to honor an ailing David Egan.
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The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra teams up with choreographer Clare Cook for a modern take on a Stravinsky classic.
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The gents venture out
Project Front Yard has been launched to help us change our image and our habits.
Alleged victim is a Navy vet with brain trauma resulting from a car accident three decades ago.
Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor?
Richard Buswell was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison for his role in an investment scheme that defrauded his clients of more than $6 million.
The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
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After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
Lafayette Regional seeking new leadership after longtime director Greg Roberts’ June resignation.