Arden Cahill Celebrates 8th Annual Whale Fest

On Friday, March 31st 2017, Arden Cahill Academy in Gretna held their 8th annual Whale Fest. On this special day, students got to enjoy presentations by artists, authors and musicians and create some of their own art, all while enjoying the outdoors on Arden Cahill’s lovely campus. Whale Fest is an annual cultural experience for students and parents. It’s a day of educational fun with an emphasis on Louisiana heritage.

Among the guests of honor were Lora Ann Chaisson, vice principal chief of the United Houma Nation who spoke to the students about Native American culture and traditions. The students got to enjoy stories about Ms. Chaisson’s life. Author Marti Dumas gave a fun talk about how young students can enjoy writing and talked about her book, Will the Real Jaden Toussaint Please Stand Up? This book is about Jaden, a smart kid who loves to learn. Artist Michael Guidry delighted the students with his special Louisiana inspired artwork and talked to them about the arts and how everyone has an artist inside of them. Artist Jackie Inglefield showed students how you can use every day items to create art and the students got to get hands on and create their own art projects. Artist Natasha Sanchez explained how she uses sunlight to create lumen prints to capture the beauty of nature and the world around us. Mardi Gras Indian Queen Yaya showed off her moves and explained the culture and tradition of the Mardi Gras Indians and what they mean to the people of New Orleans. Students also enjoyed watching and listening to different musical performances throughout the day.

Along with the special guest speakers, students got to enjoy different snacks on campus such as snowballs and had their choice of eats from such food trucks as Burgers Ya Heard!, Diva Dawg, and Bonafried. Students could also purchase crawfish and soft drinks from different stations around campus. A good time was had by all and the students of Arden Cahill enjoyed a fun day outside while learning and spending some time with their friends and I know that they are excited to do it all again next year.

About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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