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Having the pressure to perform well at school can cause anxiety in children. With school starting back up, that means your child is at risk of experiencing some form of anxiety. Pattie McGilton, infant mental health consultant for the Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, talks about the signs of back to school anxiety and what to do if your child experiences it.


On what it is like to feel anxiety

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How do you teach your children about money?

First, remember that a little bit goes a long way in this area with children.

When they are young (pre-school, early elementary), keep it simple and concrete. They will likely have a very limited appreciation for the concept of money, so teach them a few basics that will carry over as they get older.

The City of West Monroe and Keep West Monroe Beautiful are hosting a spring poster contest for elementary students in grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

The theme for this year’s poster contest is “Keep West Monroe Cleaner and Greener!” Students may submit an entry on an 8.5X11 piece of paper.


Jan 23, 2019
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Head Start has three operational sites and is opening another facility.  This new Head Start facility will be located at 1201 Stubbs Avenue. A job fair is being held to fill the new child develpment center. The job fair will be February 1, 2019.

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Many jobs are needing to be filled that are not necessarily teacher positions.  

The Curtain is Up on Drama at SYAA

May 29, 2018
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Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts, or SYAA for short, is hosting its summer workshop series "Raise the Curtain!" during the summer of 2018.

ULM Offers Educational Summer Camps

May 25, 2018
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ULM is offering fun and educational summer camps for kids and teenagers June 11-August 3. The camps are part of the Continuing Education program at ULM.

"Continuing Education gives ULM the opportunity to reach out and work with the community on courses to 'continue education,'" says Ida Gaines, the coordinator of non-credit programs. In addition to youth summer camps and activities, the Division of Continuing Education works to provide life-long learning opportunities. 

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Question: When we were growing up my father constantly reminded us to be responsible with money. But I always got the feeling with him it was about much more than being responsible. He seemed to get a lot of validation out of how much money we had, which I think went too far. As a result, I find myself shy about teaching my own kids financial responsibility for fear they’ll get the same message from me. Suggestions?


Most of the time we communicate our messages very clearly, despite what we say.

No where is that more true than in the home.

Camp Quality Seeking Companions for Campers

Apr 23, 2018
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Camp Quality is seeking volunteer "companions," or camp counselors for the week-long July camp. Camp quality specializes in serving children who have cancer or are in remission.

Volunteers, called companions, are required to undergo a background check. They then complete a two 1/2 day sessions of training before the camp begins. Companions are matched up one-on-one with campers. "We do that because a lot of these children don't have good socialization skills," says Executive Director Alan Barth.

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If you are a parent, you may find it hard to feed your child if they are a picky eater. About one in four kids develop an eating problem. Most quickly outgrow the fast-food and junk food only phase, but a few need professional assistance. Ochsner Pediatrician Dr. Myriam Ortiz says don’t force them to eat what they don’t want to. It could be due to other issues.


Ortiz says it’s important not to become frustrated with your child. She also warns against bribing your child. You could be training them in a way that is not conducive with what you are trying to accomplish.

No Experience Necessary to Volunteer with CASA

Feb 26, 2018
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CASA of Northeast Louisiana is looking for volunteers to participate in the upcoming training session, which begins Thursday, March 8. Becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate can help impact a child's future for the better.