The Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning at UL Lafayette has unveiled 2 bronze sculptures of the center's namesake and former State Superintendent Cecil Picard and the center's major donor Lloyd Rockhold.
Both sculptures were completed by local artist Patrick Miller. The first is titled "Cecil Picard and Children" and depicts Picard seated on a bench reading to a young girl and boy. The second sculpture is a feature of the center's lobby situated outside of the Rockhold distance Learning Center and will remain for years to come.
Billy Stokes: "We are just glad to have the statues up and finally put in place because we feel that kind of enshrines the center with light and these gentlemen of which they dedicated so much of their life."
The Cecil J Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning is a cutting edge research center dedicated to providing rigorous evaluation of programs that address development and growth from birth to adulthood and focuses on ways to bring scientifically based research to public policy.
The center's research professionals focus on early childhood development and education, school based health systems, poverty's effects on families, and lifelong learning.