Highland Elementary School is just like any other. It's just one of 54 elementary schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS). But during the 2019-20 school year, one second grade class is getting some extra attention.

Meet Our Class. Forty-two students are divided between two classrooms led by Marie Perret and Jamie Fontenot.

“My students represent endless potential and they make me proud every day. My students have great attitudes, are always willing to help out, encourage and celebrate each other, and are extremely respectful and polite,” said Perret when asked what she loves most about her students. “They become so invested in our classroom and school community as well as their academic goals. They get me out of bed every morning and I never stop searching for ways to improve my practice because they deserve the best.”

To help give them the best, the entire staff at WAFB is pitching in to provide some memorable experiences, such as field trips and class reading sessions, as well as some financial contributions.

The class showed their appreciation for the supplies with personalized cards.

“I was excited to be part of 'Our Class' because as a teacher, it is rare to have someone offer to help you with time, help, resources, and supplies, and experiences like field trips. Often, teachers must pay for things themselves, and it is too costly for teachers to handle on their own,” said Fontenot. “Experiences like field trips are awesome for kids to learn through real life experiences, but field trips are expensive too, and if families have more than one child at a school, sometimes it is hard for them to pay for multiple trips in a year.”

The goal is to actively engage with the students to learn about the needs and challenges facing our education system.

“The public school system is a reflection of the health of a community,” said Perret. “The challenges we face in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System are intimidating and complex, but ultimately fixable. The more we buy in to our public schools and take responsibility for their success, the better off we become as a city.”

This journey has already taught us so much, but it’s not over yet, not by a long shot.

“I am also excited to have people see how much they can help the community by supporting local public schools who truly need it,” said Fontenot. “Sometimes people do not realize how much local public schools need to thrive. We want to make our school the best it can be because that helps each child have a good future.”

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Samantha Morgan