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La. Heritage Connections Curriculum (2024)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2024-02-16

Duration: 00:05:40

Subjects: Education | Arts in education | Cajun culture


  • LeBlanc, Karen Host
  • Noel, Andrew Interviewee
  • Thomas, Paige Interviewee
  • Harris, William Interviewee
  • DeHart, Madeline Interviewee
  • Roy, Brandy Interviewee
  • LeBlanc, Janice Interviewee
  • Nungesser, Billy Interviewee


This segment from the February 16, 2024, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen LeBlanc’s visit to the showcase of the Louisiana Heritage Connections Curriculum in Abbeville, a program aimed at teaching middle school students about Louisiana’s Francophone culture. LeBlanc reports that the curriculum, also known as Lâche Pas, is currently available as an after-school elective in the Vermilion Parish Public Schools, but there are plans to expand the program statewide. She interviews: Andrew Noel, sixth grade student at Forked Island E. Broussard Elementary School; Paige Thomas, education manager for the Acadiana Center for the Arts; William Harris, superintendent of the Vermilion Parish Schools; Madeline DeHart, fine arts supervisor for the Vermilion Parish Schools; Brandy Roy, teaching artist for the Vermilion Parish Schools; Janice LeBlanc, art teacher at LeBlanc Elementary; and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.