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Benjamin Franklin Elementary School and Gumbo LALA
The Gumbo LALA website is now complete. Visit it at
On September 26, 2000, we launched the Gumbo LALA project at the
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School Open House.
The students sang a
Creole French song, called, "Cher, mo lemme toi!" The 3rd and 4th grade
girls wore tignons on their heads symbolizing the head piece that women
of color were forced by law to wear in the colonial Louisiana to cover
their beautiful hair. However, the pieces were so decorative, wearing
them had little effect on distracting the attention of men and women
alike. The boys wore chefs hats symbolizing the contribution of the
talented chefs and cooks that are responsible for the wonderful legacy
of Creole cuisine in Southern Louisiana. They are responsible for the
Creolization of American food.
To read more about Creole cuisine and
culture, we suggest the following books:
- Creole Feast: 15 Master Chefs of New Orleans Reveal Their Secrets
by Nathaniel Burton, Rudy Lombard (Contributor)
- Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color
by Sybil Kein (Editor). Hardcover (August 2000)
Field Trip to Xavier
Several Xavier folks helped out when the BFE (all 120 of them) students
and several parents deboarded the big yellow school buses to visit the
campus for fun activities. Dana Green, Secretary in Languages, and two
student assistants, Diana Pierre-Louis from Haiti and Ariel Howard from
Baton Rouge sang French folks songs and danced with the BFE students.
They practiced the French song that they sang at the Open House. The
students had lots of fun with this activity. Dana, Diana, and Ariel did
Two Xavier students, Troy Ageous and Alexis Graham assisted Center staff
in the Computer laboratory as BFE students became familiar with
Hyperstudio, kid-friendly multimedia authoring software.
Dr. Kathleen McCloud invited a group of students to interact with Xavier
Physics students as they did experiments with cars and motion detectors.
Lester Sullivan, the University Archivist, gave a lecture on Creole
culture and did hands-on activities with historic artifacts of the
Xavier collection. The students were most appreciative of his animated
discussion. His three forty-five minute presentations exposed the
students to the treasures that are held in the archives.
The Summer of '00
Last modified: 06/17/2016 03:09 pm
Teachers from Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, involved in the Gumbo
LALA project, wrote a design document for a web site that will be
produced over the school year. The Students at the Center group also
wrote a design document for their project's web site. Both of these
documents are available through the CAT page on design documents.
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