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Released: 03/25/2004

<p>Looking for something fun and constructive for children to do during the Easter break? Consider YouthLearn@LSUA. <p/> <p>YouthLearn@LSUA is a special series of programs recommended for students with at least a "B" average. The workshops and classes provide "hands-on" opportunities for self-enrichment in a fun and challenging environment. These classes are not intended for students having challenges in these areas. <p/> <p>All classes are held on the LSU Alexandria campus and pre-registration which includes payment of fees is required. For registration information, contact LSU Alexandria Continuing Education at or phone (318) 473-6495. You can also email <p/> <p>Classes to be offered include: Day on the Farm: (1st – 2nd Grade) Grab your boots and hat to explore a working farm in the spring. See newborn animals, how fields are planted, a bug collection, and farm equipment. The afternoon will wrap up with a “Louisiana Hayride.” Roy Vidrine with the Dean Lee Research Station of the LSU Ag Center will host this event April 15 from 1 until 5 p.m. The fee is $35. <p/> <p>Creepy Crawly Critters (All About Bugs):(1st - 2nd Grade) Come explore the mysterious lives of tiny animals that creep through tall grass and crawl across leaves. Learn where spiders get silk for their webs, then use nets and bug boxes to collect living specimens to touch and observe. Karen Allen is the instructor for this class offered April 12 from 8 a.m. until noon. The fee is $45. <p/> <p>BAT – Basic Aid Training: (4th – 6th Grade) BAT teaches the basic skills and knowledge necessary for children to identify and prevent potentially harmful situations, to be able to treat common injuries, and to respond in emergency situations. The program emphasizes prevention to highlight its importance in reducing injuries. The course is offered on April 13 from 12 until 4 p.m. and is taught by Denise Evans. The $50 fee includes a manual. <p/> <p>C.S.I. LSU Alexandria: (6th– 8th Grade) Participants will sketch, photograph, draw, collect, tag and conduct experiments on a mock crime scene. Students will also learn the basics of getting forensic information accepted in the courtroom. Beth L. Whittington, assistant professor of criminal justice at LSU Alexandria, will lead the course on April 12 and 13 from1 until 5 p.m. The fee is $75. <p/> <p>GuardStart: Lifeguarding Tomorrow: (6th – 8th Grade) This course provides youth with a foundation of aquatic and leadership knowledge, attitudes, and skills for future successful completion of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. It will be held on April 14 with instructor Denise Evans from 12 until 4 p.m. for a $50 fee that includes kit. <p/> <p>Beginner Photography: (6th-12th Grade) This is a fun-filled class for the shutterbug at heart. Students will learn about the camera, film usage, special effects, lenses, filters and composition. The instructor is Gale Trussell and the class will be held on April 15 from 1 until 5 p.m. The fee is $45. <p/> <p>For registration information, contact LSU Alexandria Continuing Education at or phone (318) 473-6495. You may also send an email to requesting information. <p/>