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Living on the Edge: Brother Martin Classes Explore Coastal Land Loss in Southeastern Louisiana

8th grade students in Mrs. Peavey’s World Geography Honors, Mr. Mavor’s English I Honors, and Dr. Jouandot’s Physical Science Honors headed to a local coastline to witness first hand the beauty and fragility of southern Louisiana.

To complement these students’ summer reading of Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast by Mike Tidwell, this field experience brought students to locations throughout southeast Louisiana including stops at Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion, St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church along Lake Catherine, Fort Pike at the edge of the Rigolets, and Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour on the West Pearl River.

The purpose of the trip was to show students firsthand the effects of coastal land loss on the marsh/swamp terrain,  the various structural approaches to flood protection, how the geography of our area affects populations, and the local cultural and economic impact of living on the coast. Classroom activities will follow that will challenge students to identify and explore the benefits and drawbacks of several “solutions” to coastal land loss.

We are happy our students were able to go out and see for themselves the dynamics of our changing Louisiana coast.

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