Louisiana’s Handing Out Passports!

I get a lot of press releases about a lot of stupid travel-related stuff.  However, being a writer and having worked in advertising, I feel for those who are responsible for having them hit my inbox, and I read them all before chucking them. This one, however, is about something very, very cool, and I’d like to pass it along to you the exact way Bridgett LeBlanc of the River Parishes Tourist Commission sent it along to me.

LaPlace, LA – (August 25, 2008) An innovative program for students in third through fifth grades is being introduced to the students throughout southeast Louisiana. This new and exciting educational program called the “True or False Tour Passport” is a cooperative project among 10 parishes including Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge, and the River Parishes including St. Charles, St. James, and St. John.

“The True or False Tour is a fun, educational program for students and their families which allows them to learn more about the region’s attractions and historical sites,” stated Jay Tusa, Executive Director for River Parishes Tourist Commission. “Very often we forget all the great attractions that are available in our own backyard.”

The True or False Tour Passport can be picked up at any Tourist Information Center within the ten participating parishes. The student receives a passport with True or False Questions listed for all the attractions and historical sites in each parish. Once they are signed up for the program they must visit at least three (3) locations in each parish, be accompanied by an adult and answer the questions in the passport. The answers are only available by visiting the site or participating in a tour at the attraction.

When the student finishes a parish they must get their booklet stamped and certified by each parish Tourist Center. They will receive a special gift from each parish completed. Participants will have one year from the departure date to complete all 10 parishes. When the passport is completed, they can return to the Tourist Center where they began their journey to receive a special True or False T-Shirt, a certificate of completion and a special prize.

Students wanting to begin the journey can pick up their Passports at any of the ten parish Tourist Information Centers beginning September 15th. For more information on this project, contact River Parishes Tourist Commission at 985-359-2562. In the River Parishes Region, Passports will be distributed to schools within the region or may be picked up at the St. John Community Center between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM.

About River Parishes Tourist Commission
Nestled between New Orleans and Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River, the River Parishes of St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. James Parishes unfold along River Road beckoning visitors to fall in love with the charm, beauty and mystique of Southeast Louisiana. The area’s rich and vibrant history offers a mixture of culture, cuisine and attractions not easily matched by any one location throughout Louisiana. For more information about the River Parishes Tourist Commission call 985-359-2562 or visit NewOrleansPlantationCountry.com.

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