Super Quil

Super Quil

Webquil team members from the Satellite Center created a new website for the Wetland Watchers.  John Klein, Kandyce Benoit, and Travis Versher worked for two months to design the new Wetland Watchers website....
Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations

Hurst teacher, Barry Guillot and some of his students were recently invited to share their experiences and information about the LaBranche Wetland Watchers Service-Learning Project with participants from the Summit for Courageous Conversations: Achieving Racial Equity and Excellence in Education Conference that was held in New Orleans recently. Superintendents, Principals, teachers, and program directors from around the nation gathered for a 3 day conference that examined, embraced, and celebrated equity/anti-racist educational policies, programs, and practices that empower educators to create schools that offer every student a world class education. As part of the conference, a group of visitors from around the United States and Canada traveled to Hurst Middle School in Destrehan, Louisiana to learn more about Hurst Middle School’s nationally recognized environmental service-learning project. “I am honored that I was asked to speak to this group and very excited about having 12 of my students as part of the presentation as well. I have always believed that service-learning offers all students educational opportunities that would not be available otherwise, as well as giving students from all backgrounds a chance to be a positive contributing member of their community.” said Hurst teacher Barry Guillot. During the presentation, students shared insights into their personal motivations for participating in the Wetland Watchers project. Some mentioned their love for animals, or the enjoyment of working with younger students. Others discussed how valuable it was for them as students to have these real life experiences instead of learning straight out of a text book. All of them agreed that they enjoyed working in the wetlands and spreading awareness of the importance of Louisiana...
Wetlands Skype Video Conference

Wetlands Skype Video Conference

Recently, technology played a huge part of an education research project as third graders from Catherine Strehle Elementary were able to interview eighth grade students at Harry Hurst Middle school in Destrehan through a Skype video conference call on the computer. Third grade students from Strehle teacher Marianne Glass’s class were projected on the big screen in Hurst teacher Barry Guillot’s classroom as they asked questions about the students’ work in the wetlands as part of the LaBranche Wetland Watchers Service-Learning project. Eighth grade students were able to answer their questions through the video while also taking the opportunity to share some common wetland animals with the third graders. “I presented the alligator to over 50,000 people last year, but showing them to the 3 rd graders on the webcam was a much different experience! It was so cool to see their excitement and hear their excitement through the computer!” said Hurst eighth grader Miranda Boudreaux. “I like skyping with the seventh grade because I learned more about the wetlands from Mr. Guillot’s class than I could have from a book.” said Strehle third grader Lukie Lepine. A huge part of the LaBranche Wetland Watchers service-learning project is the opportunity for students to share what they have learned from their experiences in the wetlands with others. Hurst students have presented to over 300,000 people through outreach events such as many of Louisiana’s festivals, at state and national conferences, at annual Earthday celebrations, and at science nights at many local schools. “I thought it was really cool that the third graders could see us and speak to us through the...