Un goût de Vermilion
(A Taste of Vermilion)

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        “Un goût de Vermilion” (A Taste of Vermilion) was the theme of the first annual Dozier Elementary “Eye on Technology” 2005 Summer Camp.  Thirty second, third and fourth grade children gathered at the Vermilion Parish Technology Center on June 13th, June 15th and June 17th for a unique experience in meshing technology and Vermilion Parish’s rich heritage.

      The sessions offered a variety of technology activities which began with a “walking tour” around Magdalen Square. With 12 digital cameras divided between the thirty tiny and energetic photographers, the ten groups (of three) were able to create and document their own “Kodak Moments” to use in their technology projects. Students experienced a visit to the Abbeville Court House and the Annex to learn more about the Parish Seat for Vermilion Parish.  During the field trip, Clerk of Court Diane Broussard shared information with the students and Sheriff Mike Couvillion invited the anxious group to view his office in the Court House Annex. Through specially created Vermilion Parish technology lessons, the tour and digital pictures, Director Stacy Bodin and Co Directors Nicole Toups and Cecile Dubois were able to offer the students “Un goût de Vermilion” (a taste of Vermilion).

      During the duration of the camp, technology activities included researching and writing about the cities, towns and villages in Vermilion Parish. Graphs were created to share the population of each area. Students were also given data concerning the enrollment of high schools, middle schools and elementary schools and graphs were created with that information. Each student was also able to create their own first web page for the website.  

     Students were divided in groups and exposed to timeline information about the communities to help write a brief history of the six larger communities. Information on Vermilion Parish’s two incorporated cities Abbeville and Kaplan, the three towns, Erath, Delcambre and Gueydan, as well as the incorporated village of Maurice were discussed, researched and written about.  Director Stacy Bodin stated that “it was the hope of Dozier leaders that next year’s session would follow up with the smaller areas in Vermilion Parish”.  She also noted that “due to lack of time, some of the richest and oldest areas and legacies were left this year, but the schools and areas would  be listed on the site  (Perry, Mouton Cove, Henry, Indian Bayou, Pecan Island, Forked Island, etc.) 

      Also through the use of online interviews, two of the groups were able to write about their school leaders, Principal Mrs. Elizabeth Gremillion and Assistant Principal Mrs. Dawn Amy.  Those interviews will also be part of the web site and first “Eye on Tech” Online Newsletter in the fall.

  Though under construction at this time, a Vermilion Parish children’s website will be added to the Dozier Elementary website in September.  It is the hope of leaders that this project will continue to grow and also encourage the students to learn about Vermilion Parish’s unique and rich historical legacy.

     The new Dozier Elementary Children’s website was appropriately titled “Un goût de Vermilion”. Through the technology connected lessons, the Vermilion Parish Computer Center and the hospitality of Abbeville residents, the first Dozer Tech Camp students did indeed get a small taste of Vermilion Parish.

Miranda HebertJoseph Oliva, Hannah Trahan, Bailey Bodin, Hailey Cessac, Alec Toups, Lance Moss, Austin Touchet, Ross Granger, Ross  Bares, Taylor Abshire, Jonathan Cahn, Ashlyn Lege, Blair Falgout, Hope Sims, Marilyn Huerta, Janey Bares, Laura Bares, Jordan Lange, Sarah Watson, Annie Watson, Krislyn Romero, Lane Bergeron, Emylee Boudreaux, Katelyn Carpenter, Jasmine Diz, Catherine Domingues, Caitlin Domingues, Brittany Gourtierrez and Kaitlyn Gourtierrez

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