P.O. Box 2717
Houma, LA 70361
Excerpts from the February 3rd, 2000 article "Students thrilled by first lady's visit", by Dee Dee Carlson of "The Courier", a daily publication serving Lafourche & Terrebonne Parishes.
"Students thrilled by first lady's visit"
Alice Foster gave each East Houma Elementary kindergarten student a copy of the book she had read to them.
The 19 children in Judi Templeton's kindergarten class as East Houma Elementary School sat in neat rows on the floor Wednesday morning in anticipation of story time.
But before their special guest could read to them, they had to take a test. Did they know, Templeton asked, who the lady in the red pantsuit was?
Yes, they answered in one voice, it was the governors wife - a title they pronounce in a way only gap-toothed 6-year-olds are capable of doing.
Foster was at the school Wednesday morning to read the story "You Are Sunshine."
The book, written by Shirley Porter, addresses issues that affect young children's self-esteem and suggests ways parents might help their children solve problems.
After she read to the youngsters, copies of the books - signed by Porter and Foster - were presented to each child along with stickers that read "I am Mrs. Alice's Sunshine."
The 14-page picture book is small but powerful, she explained, and reading it to children is a good way for families to bond.
COPIES FOR ALL
The books were purchased by the BellSouth Pioneers organization and given to each state school district. Various local organizations are in charge of distribution at the school level, said BellSouth Corp. Regional Manager Ken Trahan.
A book will be provided to every kindergarten student enrolled in the state's public, parochial and private schools.