Posted: Aug 25, 2011 9:09 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
Updated: Aug 25, 2011 9:35 AM
WALKER, La. (AP) - "Study hard," was the advice former Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards gave about 100 Walker fifth-graders who gathered in their school's cafeteria to hear him speak.
Edwards, invited to speak at the school by one of the teachers on Wednesday, also advised the students to be kind to their brothers and sisters and attentive to their teachers.
The Advocate reports Edwards spoke for about 25 minutes, giving a brief introduction, and then answered 11 questions posed by students and filtered by teachers.
During his remarks, Edwards did not address his recent release from federal prison, or his 2000 conviction on racketeering charges stemming from the award of state licenses to gambling casinos.