“Youth News” column for Nov. 2, 2012

During Thanksgiving week, the Foundation for Historical Louisiana will offer Louisiana Lagniappe, an educational camp for children interested in learning about Louisiana’s history and heritage.

The camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 through 21 at the Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge with optional extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The focus of the camp will be Native American life and exploration in Louisiana. Campers will participate in an archaeological dig, design their own pottery, follow animal tracks, and explore downtown Baton Rouge through a scavenger hunt. They will also learn how to weave and will create their own basket for scavenging.

The camp is open to children from the ages of 6 to 10 years.

The cost of the camp is $75 for members and $100 for guests. The early and late stay option is offered for an additional $20. For more information on the Louisiana Lagniappe camp, call Amelia Gilmore at (225) 387-2464, ext. 11.

Contest entries sought

Family Rosary is offering “Try Prayer! It Works!” to encourage children to express their faith through art, poetry and prose.

The contest attracts more than 3,000 entries from more than 50,000 participants nationwide.

This year’s theme — Joy to the World! — focuses on The Nativity with students asked to consider such questions as: What does The Nativity mean to you? How does your family celebrate the birth of Jesus? What do you do to keep the Savior’s arrival in your heart every day?

Children in grades kindergarten through 12 and enrolled in a Catholic school, religious education program, parish, home school or other organization are eligible to participate. For details or to download an application, go to http://www.FamilyRosary.org/TryPrayer. All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2013.

Honesty, integrity winners

St. Albans Masonic Lodge No. 28 in Jackson has selected these students as Honesty and Integrity award winners:

  • Lanna Metz, the daughter of Candy and Willie Metz, and a junior at Centreville Academy.
  • Seth Payne, the son of Paula and Paul Payne, and a senior at Silliman Institute.
  • Michael Lord, the son of Ada and Brad Lord, and a junior at West Feliciana High School.
  • Molly McNeal, the daughter of Jennifer and Donald McNeal, and a junior at West Feliciana High School.
  • Dylan DeLee, the son of Shane and Paula DeLee, and a junior at Centreville Academy.

Payne was unable to attend the award ceremony, so his photo wasn’t taken.

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