ALL LIVINGSTON PARISH STUDENTS TO RECEIVE FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH THROUGH 2021
A U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative called the Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP, is bringing some much needed relief to Livingston Parish families after the devastating flooding in August. The CEP will allow all Livingston Parish students to receive free meals – breakfast and lunch — regardless of income, through the 2020-2021 school year.
According to federal requirements, a school or school district is eligible to take advantage of CEP if at least 40 percent of its children qualify for free lunches. If 62.5 percent or more do, then the federal government picks up the entire tab. Prior to the storm, only one of out of 42 schools in Livingston Parish crossed the 40 percent threshold. Since the flooding, which has left thousands of children homeless, the number of directly certified children has doubled.
Superintendent Rick Wentzel noted that Livingston Parish has been offering free school meals to all of its more than 25,000 students since the flooding. In October, the district adopted CEP for the remainder of the school year and intends to reapply for the program for four more years.
Leah Smith, supervisor of child nutrition, said breakfast participation has increased significantly, up from 160 students a day in December to 600 per day in March.
LIVE OAK HOSTS SPECIAL OLYMPICS’ FLORIDA PARISHES MEETAthletes from around Livingston Parish competed in the Florida Parishes Area Track & Field Meet at Live Oak on March 31. District staff, paraprofessionals, as well as LOHS students, acted as coaches, chaperones and cheerleaders for the athletes.
The event is part of the Special Olympics Louisiana effort to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
TALENTED ARTS STUDENTS BRING “ROSIE THE RIVETER” TO LIFEStudents from Albany, Doyle, Holden and Springfield, who are members of the parish’s Talented Arts Program, recently presented an on-stage look at how a famous icon from World War II came to be.
They presented “Rosie the Riveter,” at the Suma Hall Community Conference Center, April 6-8. The story opens in 1942 with the owner of Eddie’s Auto Parts Factory struggling to keep his business afloat because of a freeze on the manufacturing of car parts. His secretary, Rosie, presents the idea of having the factory secure a government contract that makes airplane parts instead. From there, the students give their fictional account of how Rosie became the American symbol of “We Can Do It!” during World War II. The play was directed by TAP theater instructor Melani Glascock.
LOCAL STUDENT SELECTED TO SADD NATIONAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP COUNCILLive Oak High School’s Laurie McCreary has been selected from a nationwide pool of highly qualified applicants to serve on the National Student Leadership Council for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) for the 2017-2018 school year.
The SADD Student Leadership Council advises the organization’s board of directors on policies, programs and plans for the implementation of the annual SADD National Conference. McCreary will provide strategic direction to the organization on health and safety priorities and will serve as a national and regional representative of the SADD network. She begins her term in June.
“Laurie’s passion and commitment to issues that matter to her and to her peers makes her an ideal candidate for SADD’s National Student Leadership Council,” SADD President and CEO Dawn Teixeira said.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS 21 SCHOLARSHIPSThe Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce recently awarded scholarships to 21 parish seniors during its annual State of Education meeting. Each scholarship, valued at $500, is made possible through contributions from member businesses.
Winners of the academic scholarships included Jasmine Hendry, Albany High; Austin Barnes, Grace Dugas, Krysta Mostert and Caroline Taylor, Denham Springs High; Emily Beever, Haleigh Jones and Kaitlyn Rayborn, Doyle High; Eric Forbes, Jessica Litolff and Nathan Penalber, Holden High; Jack Dalber, Live Oak High; Reeves Blankenship and Shelby Chandler, Springfield High; and Evan Bergeron, Cameron Hood and Katelyn Prescott, Walker High.
The Alice Sibley scholarship was presented to Thomas Fuentes, Denham Springs High; Gabrielle Chanier, Live Oak High; and Samantha Hebert, Walker High. The Ability Beyond Award was given to Macy Dufrene, Holden High.