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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.


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.
Excerpts from Sunday, January 9th, 2000 article "The First Lady - I'm Still Alice", by Ed Cullen of "The Advocate", a news publication serving the state of Louisiana.

"I'm Still Alice"

Alice Foster more comfortable as Louisiana's First Lady

Alice Foster meets the press more willingly than she did four years ago, but it's not one of her favorite things to do.
That doesn't keep Foster from pursuing ongoing projects.... She's interested in bettering life for Louisiana's children.

She has traveled the state to distribute copies of a book called "You Are Sunshine."
Written by Shirley L. Porter "in consultation with" Alice Foster and illustrated by Lisa Homan-Conger, the book is meant to be read by parents to their kindergartners.

"The book is meant to encourage self-worth," Alice Foster said. There is an anti-littering message too, a self-appointed project of the First Lady.

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Article about the First Lady from the June 16th - July 13th, 2000 Section, "See and be Seen", of the "LifeStyle Lafayette," a monthly publication serving Lafayette.

"The Particulars"

Event: Reception attended by Louisiana's First Lady, Mrs. Alice Foster

Purpose: To raise funds to allow all kindergarten classes throughout the state to receive the book "You Are Sunshine," authored by Shirley Porter. "You Are Sunshine" is a self-esteem book that is to be read to a child by a parent, caregiver or teacher.

Place: UL of Lafayette Alumni Center

Share is the Newsletter of the Calcasieu Parish School System.

Excerpts from the October, 1998 Section, "Alice Foster Premieres Book". SHARE is a quarterly publication serving Calcasieu Parish.

"Alice Foster Premieres Book"

"You Are Sunshine" Presented to Kindergarten Students

First Lady Foster reads "You Are Sunshine" to Kindergarten students at the Children's Museum of Lake Charles.
Calcasieu Parish hosted the state premiere of the book.

..."You Are Sunshine", a book that helps to build self-esteem in children and that contains hints for parents to establish and maintain positive self-esteem in their children. The concept for the book was originated by Louisiana Supreme Justice Catherine Kimball.

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