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.
Jindal describes the privatization as a cost-cutting move to save the state more than $100 million this year, while improving services and medical training.
A Baton Rouge judge is reconsidering his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws.
Ambassador François Delattre will also receive an honorary doctorate of francophone studies at the commencement at the Cajundome.
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Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey deserves an attaboy for his unexpected vote during Wednesday’s meeting approving a mediation session between the board and Superintendent Pat Cooper.
The cable television network's suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of Robertson's home state.
The State Bond Commission gave preliminary approval to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a district court ruling out of Opelousas that could have wide-ranging effects on the tax burden of the Louisiana oil and gas industry.
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The Pediatric Clinic is housed in the same location previously closed by state budget cuts in June 2012.
Chitimacha Tribe celebrates humble beginnings to becoming Louisiana's first land-based casino.
Lafayette businessman Mike Moreno’s Green Field Energy Services announced Tuesday a plan to sell the business and assets as part of its bankruptcy reorganization effort.
Three-term Louisiana senator facing tough re-election battle is next in line for Energy Committee chairmanship.
In a letter distributed during Wednesday night's meeting, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb, in his final meeting as board president, called on his fellow board members to start focusing on the children and stop battling Superintendent Pat Cooper.