Representatives from Southern University Baton Rouge and members of the Southern University Marching Band participated in a pep rally at White Castle High School, September 20, 2013, to celebrate an academic partnership between the Univesity and the public high school in Iberville Parish.
To begin the celebration, White Castle High School students participated in a blue and gold week leading up to the pep rally.
Chancellor James L. Llorens signed a partnership in July with the Iberville Parish School System to start a College and Career Readiness program at White Castle High School.
The program includes a $100,000 first-year commitment from the Iberville Parish School System. Additionally, Gail Edwards, White Castle High assistant principal, has been appointed as the Southern University liaison.
The program, which began this fall, provides tutoring and academic support services to White Castle students to improve students ACT, PLAN, and EXPLORE scores and other criteria for eligibility to four-year colleges. There will also be mentoring and teacher professional development components.
Instructors from Southern's College of Education and Science and Mathematics Education Doctoral Program will be working with teachers, students, and parents.
White Castle students will also observe some class time and participate in activities at Southern's Baton Rouge campus.
The joint education effort is instituted in the name of Albertha Hasten, a beloved activist in her community, who died on Nov. 19, 2011. She served on the Iberville Parish School Board for 17 years, representing the White Castle area.