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Students ready to take a ‘LEAP’

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Plantation Park holds pep rally with Mavericks for LEAP, iLEAP test

Studying for a test is like preparing for a basketball game – all it takes is practice, practice, practice.

That’s the message students at Plantation Park Elementary School received Tuesday afternoon from members of the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks, a franchise of the American Basketball Association. The Bossier City school held a pep rally to get students pumped up for next week’s LEAP and iLEAP tests.

Yvae Johnson, curriculum coach at Plantation Park, said state testing is very important, but they don’t want students to feel stressed or under pressure.

“We want to get them excited, focused and just do what they have been taught all year long,” she said. “All of their hard work will shine through when the test results come back.”

The Mavericks had plenty of encouraging words to share. After all, they were once elementary students themselves and faced with the same state mandated tests.

However, the Mavericks encouraged students to prepare for the test as if they were playing in their biggest game yet.

“This is the time in your life that you need to focus, listen to what your teachers are telling you and I guarantee it will pay off in the long run,” one Maverick said to the students.

Another said that making the right grades and passing these tests will open doors to their future dreams. Currye Todd, shooting guard for the Mavericks, encouraged students to prepare themselves mentally and physically before the test by getting a good nights sleep and by eating a good meal the morning of the test.

“Try hard and give all you got when you take the test,” Todd added.

Cheering on the students to victory during Tuesday’s pep rally were the Bossier High School cheerleaders. The Plantation Park Tumbling Team also performed a high flying routine, filled with back handsprings and back flips, that really wowed the crowd.

Aside from all the fun and games, Johnson said students need to remember how important these tests are for their future.

“I want them to see these athletes and realize that they did the exact same thing when they were in school,” she said. “Everyone has a goal and nothing is out of reach. Even if you miss the shot, rebound and try again. There’s another way to get to that goal.”

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