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The 300

INSPIRING LOUISIANA’S NEXT GENERATION OF COASTAL WARRIORS
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Through an exciting new educational initiative called “The 300,” the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana – Louisiana’s largest and oldest coastal advocacy organization - will be engaging 300 high school juniors and seniors, and teachers from throughout Louisiana this spring in a series of coastal experiential learning opportunities to coincide with the 300th anniversary of New Orleans.

Activities will include field trips, tours, workplace visits, briefings from coastal professionals and policy leaders, and will culminate with participation in the biennial State of the Coast Conference in New Orleans at the end of May.

The 300 will inspire our next generation of coastal warriors, and may even encourage some participating students to pursue the coastal sciences in their post-secondary education. Others may be inspired to seek professional opportunities to protect and restore our coast. At a minimum, the effort will help create a more informed and inspired coastal citizenry committed to stabilizing and perpetuating our coastal cultures and communities.

PROGRAM

Each participant in The 300 will take part in four coastal learning events in Spring 2018. These will include an initial program gathering for all participants in February with presentations from coastal experts and leaders, followed by hands-on experiential learning events in both March and April. Finally, all participants will be invited to the biennial State of the Coast conference in May – the nation’s largest coastal conference – that will feature a special program agenda for The 300.

Student participants will enjoy rich and memorable learning experiences during the semester and meet other students with similar interests from throughout the region. Teachers will discover deeper context and practical aspects of the coast to bring back to the classroom to benefit even more students. Field trips will be conducted in groups of 50 participants per outing.

Other beneficial aspects to the program for the students include interactions with coastal professionals and elected leaders. In addition, there may be opportunities for some participants to take a coastal flyover tour.

PARTICIPATION AND SELECTION

CRCL will recruit students and teachers from up to 50 participating schools. The program is open to any school that wants to participate provided resources are available, with recruitment concentrated in southeast and southwest Louisiana. Each participating school will designate at least one teacher to take part. Ideally, each teacher will join five students to create a unit of six participants from each school. However, other student to teacher arrangements will be considered as they arise. The participating school itself will select students for the program based on criteria of their choosing.

The 300 will seek diverse students and schools (traditional public, charter, private, and parochial) from many parishes.

COSTS

The cost of the program breaks down to $3,000 per school, based on one teacher and five students; (or $500 per participant). Schools can pay the costs to participate; seek a sponsor to pay for their participation; or just express an interest in the program if no funding is available to them. A fundraising effort to attract businesses and philanthropies to support the program is underway to underwrite schools that wish to participate, but lack the funding.

SPONSORSHIP

All donations to underwrite The 300 are appreciated. A local business or individual may chose to sponsor participation for a full team of six from of their local high school, or as little as a single student, based on $500 per participant. CRCL will move forward with The 300 with as many students as resources support.

For more information on how to participate as a school, or to sponsor a school contact:

T. Bradley Keith
Project Coordinator
225.364.5804
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Cricket Giles
Project Assistant
239.994.7888
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