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LSU students propose ideas for the future of the old St. Luke's

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ARNAUDVILLE, La. -

A group of LSU students has completed their senior projects, presenting designs for what many hope to be the future of St. Luke's Hospital in Arnaudville.

The seniors presented several designs to the community, hoping one design will be the future of the old hospital. 

The hospital has been abandoned for over 10 years, but 24 LSU students have come up with interior design plans to transform the building into a French immersion hub. 

One student, Anna Katherine Dazzio, enjoyed her semester-long project and getting to work with the community.

"I decided that my main concept needed to be bringing in a lot of natural light as possible to the space. So, I ended up in my plan, knocking out a bunch of walls and putting in some architectural glass," Dazzio said.

The community was able to come out and see what the students had been working on all semester long.

Mavis Fruge has been advocating for this building to become a school for years now because she believes in the Creole culture extending to future generations. 

The students worked on the projects all semester long, coming to visit those who live in the community and asking what they hope to see in the near future. 

LSU Professor L.T. Ritchie is thankful her students had the opportunity, and she looks forward to working with other towns in the future.

"Community projects make my hair white because they are so much harder, but its all worth it. The students just have so much depth in the project and what they are doing, and it's real to them, so they take responsibility," Ritchie said.

There is no funding for the project as of yet, but these plans will be brought to the St.Landry Parish Council for consideration. 

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