2018-02-16

by Jessica Seay, City year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps member proudly serving on the New Schools for Baton Rouge team at Merrydale Elementary School.

by Jessica Seay, City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps member proudly serving on the New Schools for Baton Rouge team at Merrydale Elementary School.

As part of the school’s positive behavior program, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), the students at Merrydale Elementary School had their very own Mardi Gras Parade. The parade featured floats hosted by krewes, the term for a group of people who take part in parades during carnival celebration, composed of both students and faculty. Some of the represented krewes included the “Krewe of Logic Ladies,” the “Krewe of Multiplication” which was hosted by students in the fourth grade, and cutest of all, the “Krewe of Pre-K.”

The event began with a surprise performance from the Belaire High School marching band. The Merrydale students lined the streets as the drum-line rounded the street corner, marching and dancing. This experience was not only fun, but also will hopefully inspire some of the students from Merrydale Elementary School to join band when they start middle school in the near future. After the band passed, the floats began rolling through. Selected students and teachers pushing carts and carrying banners threw prized candies and beads to the eager onlookers. The event concluded with an encore from the Belaire High School marching band, and this time when they performed, the elementary school students joined in on the dancing.

The City Year team at Merrydale of course joined in on the fun as the “Krewe of City Year.” Our school partnership frequently allows us to interact with our students and encourage their positive behavior at events hosted as part of PBIS It is a unique opportunity to be able to celebrate with our students outside the classroom in this way. These events take a bit of extra work on our part, but they are worth it for the encouragement of our students.

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