Acadiana briefs for May 2, 2014

Lourdes encourages desk-side exercise

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center has donated $240,000 to the Lafayette Parish school system for three years of access to GoNoodle, a Web-based physical activities program that students can do next to their desks.

The three- to five-minute “brain break” activities are designed to help teachers get students’ blood flowing and re-engage them in instruction.

As a way to launch the program, the school system and hospital are launching a contest to encourage use of GoNoodle. The classes that log the highest average number of brain breaks between April 28 and May 16 will win a visit from local performing artist Bryson “Cupid” Bernard, who will attend a schoolwide assembly. The class with the highest number of GoNoodle breaks will get to dance the Cupid Shuffle with Cupid.

“We know that physical activity, even in small increments, can help students remain alert and learn better,” said Superintendent Pat Cooper in a news release. “We are so grateful to Lourdes for supporting this program for our students.”

Chapbook workshop on Saturday, Sunday

Writer J. Bruce Fuller presents a chapbook workshop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective.

During the workshop, participants will construct and fill their own chapbook, which is a small collection of poetry, typically fewer than 35 pages, that is saddle-stitched like a pamphlet or magazine.

Class size is limited, so to reserve a seat call (337) 484-9190.

The cost is $80, or $60 for NUNU members, for six hours of instruction and must be paid at the workshop Saturday.

Fuller, who teaches English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has published three chapbooks of poetry and short stories.

NUNU Arts and Culture Collective is at 1510 Courtableau Road (La. 93 East) in Arnaudville. For more information, visit nunucollective.org.

Compiled by the Acadiana bureau