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Schools participate in UL’s Paint the Town Red

Ragin’ Spirit fills the air as UL Homecoming week is underway.

Today, several Lafayette Parish Schools Painted the Town Red. KATC’s Chris Welty was one of the guest judges.

Students at each school sang the Fight Song at the top of their lungs as they made their Ragin’ Cajuns pride known. Schools were decked out in Vermilion and white and participants recited UL cheers and chants.

This year’s theme is Back in the Mix Back on the Bricks.

Fisher Early Childhood Development Center is known for elaborate skits and decorations. Once the theme is announced, the school takes roughly two weeks to formulate a game plan, start crafting and teaching skits.

“When we decided to start doing this, it was like this is a win-win for our community, our schools—every school,” said Sharon O’Neill with Fisher’s. “It brings attention to our schools and awareness to the University.”

Paint the Town Red Schools Event Chair, Sara Bourque said this week is all about community involvement.

“This is such an important tradition because it is rooted so deep within our community and it really provides an overall sense of coming together and showing Ragin’ Cajun pride,” said Bourque.

St. Cecilia counselor Holly Leger believes this event falls in the top five at her school. Students take pride in their work and are excited to show off.

“My favorite part was making the balloon arch,” said third grader Isabella Huval.

“Their level of enthusiasm for a school they haven’t even attended before…I mean you’d think they went there themselves and they absolutely love it,” said St. Cecilia Councelor Holly Leger. “They’re so proud.”

Each school was judged on theme, skit and Ragin’ Spirit.

Best Chant: Youngsville Middle School
Best Skit: Woodvale Elementary School
Most Creative Theme: Our Lady of Fatima
Most Creative Decorations: Fisher Early Childhood Development
Best Academic Connection: Cpl. Michael Middlebrook Elementary
Most Ragin’ Cajun Spirit: Edward J. Sam
Best School Participation: St. Cecilia
Best Costume: Woodvale Elementary School
Judges Choice: Fisher Early Childhood Development
Best Overall: Fisher Early Childhood Development

Chris Welty

Chris Welty

Chris Welty is a multimedia journalist at KATC.
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