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Woodworth School to Open

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Ashley Kitchen is a full-time business owner and mother of two. She's overjoyed about the new school coming to her hometown.

"When I was a child, we were bused an hour and a half to Alexandria. With the Woodworth school all of the children that the kids are going to be in school with are their friends. We're just so excited about that."

Located in the heart of Woodworth, Caroline Dorman Junior High is a state of the art, "green" school for grades K-8. Principal Shannon Alford says her faculty and staff are working non-stop with the Parish Superintendent, Dr. Gary Jones, to make sure that the kids will get a productive learning environment.

"We want them to know that Caroline Dorman has highly dedicated faculty and staff."

"We're going to set high expectations for the students, and make sure that they take ownership of their learning, and get them to really be thinkers and learners."

Phone calls from parents have been flooding in, and Alford says that parental involvement is vital when it comes to giving the students a fair shot at a good education.

"It takes collaborative efforts between home, school and the community in order for a school to thrive."

Kitchen has already signed on as the Parent-Teacher Organization President. She's counting down the days until her children can experience something new and closer to home.

"Now, my little boy, he's going to Pre-K...it's a different story. He's not too excited about it, neither am I...but we're both going to make it!"

"Because he's growing up!"

"He is..."

Caroline Dorman was an environmentalist who played a major role in conserving Kisatchie National Forest. The school is built on land donated by the US Forestry Service. The school is named in her honor.

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