April '18 Update

Greetings from Lake Providence!

As I write this, my heart is full of gratitude for the volunteers and contributors who helped make our recent work project at the community college such a success. After planting, mulching, carpeting, painting, sanding, filing, shredding, bulletin-board-ing, and much more, the campus looks wonderful! The students, staff, and faculty are all tremendously grateful for the love that CBF-LA poured into beautifying the school. Morale and energy has certainly been lifted! Thank you!

I'm also grateful today for having more graduates from the GED program. Word reached me this morning that a student received a passing grade on her final test. The cost of her testing ($90) was covered by a HiSet scholarship made possible through Together for Hope. I'm partnering with First Baptist Church (Lake Providence) and Teach for America to provide a graduation ceremony on May 16 for the seven graduates I've had since the last ceremony in November. 

Also, please keep Saturday, October 6th, roughly 10 AM to 3 PM, on your calendar for a visit to Lake Providence. Together for Hope is working with community members who are organizing the first "LeveeFest 5K." This will feature a 5K race, a children's one mile fun run, food and art vendors, and live music. The funds raised will contribute to efforts to beautify the downtown. A website will launch soon with additional information for signing up to race or to apply as an art vendor. CBF-LA is invited to participate in running and/or volunteering with event set-up, mid-festival help, and/or breakdown afterwards. More info will come as we get into the summer months. 

Lastly, we'll work to raise funds and resources for Southside Elementary School, again, this year. As I'm able to finalize a date with the administration, we will begin planning in May and June. 

Thank you all, again, for all that you continue to do for East Carroll Parish and the town of Lake Providence.