About Our Site and Aequora
Our Aequora sites are located at South Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church and The Dunham School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Both South Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church and The Dunham School are local religious/academic institutions that provide many after-school programs and opportunities to their students, now including Latin.
Aequora is a K-8 program focused on literacy via Latin. At South Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church and The Dunham School, we have chosen Aequora because we believe in the benefits of a classical education. Through The Paideia Institute’s Aequora curriculum, our volunteers harness the classical languages’ power to improve literacy, cultural understanding, and equity in education — all while making the ancient Mediterranean world fun and accessible to students of all backgrounds.
Led by independent site coordinators, Aequora envisions Classics as an inclusive, diverse, and socially engaged field. Our textbook, Aequora: Teaching Literacy with Latin, introduces the basics of Latin vocabulary and grammar, Roman culture and mythology, and connections between Latin, English, and Spanish, all through games and activities designed to show students that learning Latin is fun!
How We Teach Aequora
At South Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church and The Dunham School, we primarily focus on teaching 4th to 5th graders. Using various innovative programs such as Kahoot and Gimkit, we present the Aequora Curriculum in a fun, engaging way! Currently, we have three site volunteers: Wait Harrod, George Harrod, and Jordyn Robvais. Wait and George Harrod are twins who study Latin at the AP Level and work to advocate for Classical studies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jordyn Robvais is also an adept Latin Scholar who also works to implement Latin in others daily lives by teaching it to students at a young age. The Sites at South Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church and The Dunham School meet once every 1-2 weeks. The Aequora program is sustained by enthusiastic volunteers all over the country who care about making a difference and want to fight educational inequality through sharing their love of Latin.
Our site coordinators, Wait Harrod, George Harrod, and Jordyn Robvais, are students at The Dunham School.