High school students built a hover board for a science project in one corner of the gym. Middle school students were working on "crash cars" for their science project.

The Lemann Center in Donaldsonville was full of neon t-shirts and students from young children up to the high school age last week. They got their back-to-school sea legs.

Ascension Parish School Board member Robyn Penn Delaney explained exactly what they were doing: "We decided to do a Back to School Refresher program," Delaney said. "This is our fourth year doing it on the westside."

Students were preregistered, but on-site registration was okay. She added that four-year-olds up until 12th-grade students were participating. The Lemann Center was sectioned off by grade and age level. Delaney gave The Chief a tour of the facility. It was professionally-organized.

High school students built a hover board for a science project in one corner of the gym. Middle school students were working on "crash cars" for their science project. Crash cars were better explained by a student, Bricen Ferchaud.

"We're trying to see if we can put a raw egg in there," Ferchaud said. "Think of the raw egg as a person. If the egg cracks, then the car isn't safe."

West St. John High School Teacher and volunteer Rochelle Darville said they are teaching the children about engineering. This is her third year volunteering at the BTS refresher program.

The refresher program ran Thursday and Friday. Thursday the students created their models, and Friday they tested them. The camp ran from 5-8 p.m.

"It's just great to see the number of kids we have here," Donaldsonville Councilman Lauthaught Delaney said. "What's more interesting this year is that they have the STEM project--science and technology and things of that nature. The kids are very enthused about that."

Councilman Delaney said this is the third year the city has sponsored the program, but the fourth year overall. Mayor Leroy Sullivan said the first year it was spread out in the different area churches.

"Hopefully when they go back to school they are engaged and ready to work," Mayor Sullivan said. "I'm just excited to see a good turnout, and hats off to Miss Robyn Delaney and all the retired teachers and volunteers that have given up their tim to help our kids.

School begins August 8.