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The Program completed another VERY successful session this summer -- highlighted by the fact the many GPGC alumni now have their children attending the Program! Photos of all the fun & activities can be found here:
More information about the Program today can be found at the Program's website:
The GPGC Needs Your Help!
The State of Louisiana is facing tough budget times and the very existence of the GPGC may be in jeopardy. The Program is anticipating an almost certain 20-30% cut in its appropriation and it is possible that its appropriation could be cut all together. Alumni and Friends of the GPGC can help prevent this dire outcome by contacting their Louisiana State Representatives and Senators now and expressing your support for the continued funding of the GPGC.
For an introduction to what's going on please read Zart Dombourian-Eby's letter calling the alumni and friends to action.
What You Need to Do to Help:
Find Your Elected Officials: Go to http://www.legis.state.la.us/ and click on the link "How do I..." on the left-hand menu column. That link will take you to a page of questions - one of which will be "How do I contact my legislator." Click on that link and it will tell you how you can reach your State Representative and State Senator by phone, mail, or email. This page also has a link that will help you find out who your State Representative and State Senator are if you don't know at this time.
Contact Your Elected Officials: Please contact your State Representative and State Senator as soon as possible to urge them to support continued funding for the GPGC. A personal letter or call is best but if nothing else, please email them. We have prepared a sample letter for you to use. Please make sure to add your personal reasons for supporting the GPGC - it will make this letter much more effective. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org who you have contacted, when you contacted them, and a summary of their response (if any).
Great news! As of March 2009, Josh Brown is the now the new Director of the GPGC. Here is his message to all GPGC alumni:
Dear GPGC Community:
I am extremely pleased and humbled to announce that the Governor of the State of Louisiana has recently appointed me to be the Director of the Governor's Program for Gifted Children.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of you that contacted the Governor's office and other elected officials on my behalf. Your support is invaluable and to justify it I will work tirelessly in the years to come to make sure that the Governor's Program continues to provide a wonderful community for gifted children to develop their minds and souls.
The Program has grown over the past fifty years under Dr. Middleton's direction and guidance, from a small day school summer program to a comprehensive enrichment program that still focuses on academics but also nurtures other vital parts of a gifted child's development. I ask for your good wishes and continued support as I take up the challenge that Dr. Middleton created and answered so well.
My very best regards to all,
Joshua D. Brown
Dr. Middleton and Josh Brown