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Algiers alternative school collecting books for budding library

The desk drawer in Zeke Falcon’s history classroom at JCFA-Algiers High School is filled with books ranging from a zombie horror novel to a tome of Norse mythology. It was a part of the collection of books that continued on a bookshelf in the corner of his classroom, where the walls were covered in art inspired by black history and created by his students.

Falcon said “World War Z” and “What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions,” became two of the most popular books requested by his students last year. He began collecting more books as students continued to ask for more literature, but he said his backpack can only carry so much.

“We need a library because eventually I won’t have anymore room in my desk,” Falcon said June 29.

Falcon’s efforts spurred the charter school for struggling students to review the use of its resource room and convert it into a library. The staff plans to use leftover wood from an art project to build bookshelves, and the school asks people to support their effort by donating new books.

Students at JCFA, formerly called the Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy, spend three and half hours a day learning with the use of an online curriculum. Students work directly with a teacher and an academic tutor in year-round classes where educators help students understand concepts with tools that include an old school blackboard.

JCFA’s first school opened eight years ago in Harvey, making it the first charter high school to operate in Jefferson Parish. The organization opened another school in Metairie in 2013 with the approval of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and JCFA opened its Algiers campus in 2015 before opening a campus in Lafayette in 2017.

Students enrolled at JCFA are typically between the ages of 15 and 21, according to the charter

Article source: https://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2018/07/jcfa-algiers_book_drive.html

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