Saturday, May 25 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:58:41 GMT
A day after the deadly tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma a Red Cross response team from Lake Charles rolled into ground zero. "We got here on Tuesday morning. Tuesday morning at about 7:30 in theMore >>
A local woman is among a group of Red Cross volunteers from Lake Charles in Moore, Oklahoma. While she's been on many disaster recovery trips she said this one has taking on a personal meaning.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:31 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:31:47 GMT
Lake Charles Police are investigating an a second armed robbery this month at the Subway restaurant on Ryan Street. The latest incident happened Friday around 9:08 p.m. Employees told police a blackMore >>
Lake Charles Police are investigating an a second armed robbery this month at the Subway restaurant on Ryan Street. The latest incident happened Friday at 9:08 p.m.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:18 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:18:04 GMT
The Lake Arthur Regatta brought in many people to enjoy the music, food and fun, especially boaters out on the lake. But it's all about keeping this fun time a safe one. "We'll have around 200 volunteersMore >>
Keeping an eye on those having fun on the water. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:20:27 GMT
For a family in Lake Charles, one phone call changed everything. The aftermath of the Moore, Okla. tornado revealed the loss of a loved one. One of the children who died at a school destroyed by the tornadoMore >>
A family in Lake Charles mourns the loss of a young relative in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:00 GMT
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a bank robbery suspect. The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon. Investigators say a black male subjectMore >>
The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon.More >>
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
The Council For the Development of French in Louisiana, or CODOFIL, was created in 1968 with the goal of preserving, promoting and instilling pride in the French culture, mainly through education.
"These people who's parents spoke French but because they were punished in school, they didn't teach them French" said CODOFIL representative, Erin Stickney. "So the immersion schooling system was to put that French language system back into Louisiana".
Developed by the state and mandated to initiate immersion programs in each of the Acadian Triangle Parishes, they've recently faced an obstacle that could hurt them from fulfilling that mandate.
"He was given a mandate to cut 30 something million out of the budget and he went through it line by line and CODOFIL was one of the areas where he could find $100,000" said CODOFIL Vice President, Tony Zaunbrecher.
In his veto message of the house bill, Governor Bobby Jindal cited 'adequate funding' as his reason for veto, but CODOFIL says reducing their operating budget from a quarter-million dollars, to just over $100,000 isn't adequate.
"Once we go to pay our electricity and rent that puts us in the negative by about four thousand dollars" said Stickney.
They've resorted to grassroots campaigning, soliciting people all over the world to make up for the money lost due to the cuts. Their online campaign is geared to do just that.
"They're asking 100,000 people to each donate a dollar" said Stickney. "They'd like to find 100,000 people to show the power in numbers to show that there are that many that find French to be valuable in Louisiana.
According to sources inside CODOFIL, raising the money themselves, may be a dead end road.
"We've been told by prominent sources that if we raise $100,000 that the legislature and the Governor will decide that if they can raise $100,000 that agency doesn't need the state support" said Zaunbrecher.
They'll continue to do what they need to do, for a cause they believe strongly in.
"Instead of keeping French in this little glass box people can look at, we can develop it and promote it as relevant, useful and modern instead of a relic of Louisiana's past.