Extracurricular programs engage students in a variety of activities
Central Private offers a full athletic program for boys and girls beginning in the elementary grades with PeeWee and Peanut football, Biddy Basketball, baseball, and softball, as well as Little Cheerleaders. Junior high and varsity sports for grades 7-12 are fast-pitch softball, football, girls and boys basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, and track. Our spirit groups include varsity dance, varsity cheer, and junior high cheer.
In addition to sports, students in grades 6-12 may participate in a range of clubs, including open membership (4H, Art Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students, Student Government, Tabletop Gaming Club, and Teen Library Club) and invitational membership (National Honor Society, National Beta Club, and National Junior Beta Club). Junior and senior students may also elect to schedule Publications and receive credit while producing the school's award-winning yearbook.
Middle School and High School students participate in a monthly devotion led by area pastors, faculty members, and students.
Area high school students presented programs at the Louisiana Library Association’s (LLA) Annual Conference held on March 13-15, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge to promote the Louisiana Teenage Librarians Association (LTLA). Among the student LTLA officers participating in a Panel Session and a Lightning Talk were Central Private’s Mary-Hannah Varnado, 2018-19 Historian, and Morgan Campbell, 2019-20 Treasurer. Each year at the LLA conference, librarian sponsors recruit middle and high school library clubs to become members in LTLA, and this year student leaders provided input and shared their experiences as members of the student organization. Central Private Library Club has been a member of LTLA for 9 years.
The Louisiana Teenage Librarians Association is a state organization composed of individual library and media club members from throughout the state. A full slate of student officers, elected by the student members, and an executive committee, the Student Relations Committee consisting of adult sponsors, conduct business under the sponsorship of the Louisiana Association of School Librarians LASL), a section of the LLA. The motto “Reading, Knowledge, Service” guides members to plan meaningful and varied experiences and fulfill club responsibilities to introduce students to the career of librarianship.
Each year LTLA activities culminate at convention time when members gather to listen to guest speakers including authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians who add a unique variety to the convention’s program. Book discussion groups meet and discuss books chosen for the junior and senior divisions, and socials, a featured author, a much-anticipated banquet, and contests are among activities that delegates are actively involved in the convention.
Contests for both the Junior and Senior Divisions include Bookmark, Bulletin Board, Costume, Dance, Drawing, Scrapbook (Print & Digital), T-Shirt and Wes Smith Essay. Programs held at the LTLA’s annual conference include Author Autograph Gathering, Book Discussion, Book Sale, Musical Entertainment, Social Games, Talent Show, and workshops by Rapides Parish Library and the State Library of Louisiana.
Student and club volunteer opportunities include chairing and planning the following committees: Dance, Decorations, Door Prizes, Giveaways, Hospitality, Nominating, Officers, Registration and Scavenger Hunt. Both students and sponsors gain personally and professionally from exchanging ideas, developing new friendships, and participating in various opportunities that are long remembered from their association with