Menard High School celebrates Louisiana's birthday

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The great state of Louisiana is about to celebrate its 206th birthday! Kicking off the celebrations Holy Savior Menard High School seventh-graders held their annual 'Taste of Louisiana Birthday Celebration'.

Every year teachers aim to immerse the students in Louisiana culture.

But, before students could dig in at the buffet line, they had a crawfish race to see if the boys or the girls would be eating first. The boys won!

While students were there for the fun, their dedicated parents were responsible for the food.

Inside there were several dishes from around the state to try like deer sausage, gumbo, etouffee, and red beans and rice.

And of course there was live Cajun music.

Seventh grade history teacher Heather Benton created the event and said she hopes it teaches her history classes all about Louisiana's rich history.

"I just hope more people will come and join us, and other schools will do this," Benton said. "It's a great way to bring in the community and it's a great way for the kids to remember their history and heritage."

In a few weeks the seventh grade history classes will head to Baton Rouge for a field trip to test their knowledge.

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