Great Hearts Harveston Enjoys a “Sneaux” Day in Baton Rouge

Great Hearts Harveston December 12, 2022

Sam Heisman at "Let it Sneaux"Great Hearts Harveston was honored to attend and serve at BREC’s ‘Let it Sneaux,’” said Founding Head of School Sam Heisman.  On Saturday, December 10th, Perkins Road Community Park turned into a winter wonderland for the East Baton Rouge community.  And the team from Great Hearts Harveston, the newest addition to the Great Hearts network of charter schools opening in Louisiana in 2023, was there to help spread holiday cheer to the families in attendance.

Over 1,800 attendees spent the afternoon emersed in holiday fun at this tuition-free event.  Many enjoyed strolling down Candy Cane Lane while filling their stockings with treats.  Santa Claus was on site to visit with children and pose for photos.  Some favorite holiday movies like The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Nightmare Before Christmas played on the big screen while families watched with s’mores and hot cocoa in hand.  A big draw for the event is the opportunity to play in real snow.  “It was a unique Louisiana experience to throw snowballs at each other in 77-degree weather,” said Heisman.

Children playing in the snowBesides getting to partake in some of the merriment, the Great Hearts Harveston team helped ring in the holiday with information about the new school and some fun takeaways for interested families.

“The city of Baton Rouge is one of a kind. I love how all of our organizations come together to serve the families in such fun and unique ways. Being able to share the mission of Great Hearts and talk to our parents and their children about the educational opportunity we are establishing here in Baton Rouge at ‘Let is Sneaux,’ was so rewarding. Seeing a child’s eyes light up when they saw the books they will get to read, and how excited they got about the classes they will be taking, and the smiles that appeared on their faces when I told them about the clubs they get to participate in really warmed my heart; it is the best part about attending these events,” said Founding Director of Community Engagement Alicia Carelus.

Great Hearts Harveston will open in August of 2023 with 695 students in a newly built campus located in the master-planned community, The Preserve at Harveston, near Bluebonnet & Nicholson at 11801 Bluebonnet Blvd.  They will serve grades K-7 in the opening year and plan to add a grade every year after until they are a full K-12 academy.

Alicia Carelus at "Let it Sneaux"Great Hearts Harveston desires to provide a fulfilling, educational experience that will be characterized by order and joy in Baton Rouge. Our schools are filled with carefully chosen faculty who demonstrate expertise in their subject area, while also exhibiting the wonder and moral character we seek to develop in our students.  This pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty will inspire and shape students into the best versions of themselves, setting in motion growth that will continue the rest of their lives.

Lean more about our tuition-free academy during an Info Session on January 10th from 6:30-7:30pm at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library (7711 Goodwood Blvd). To RSVP, please go to  The Great Hearts Harveston team looks forward to meeting you.

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