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  Kerr Kats Honor Local Veterans 

  Kerr Elementary loves our nation's veterans and it shows. 
  The Kindergarten teachers and students at Kerr recently organized a Veterans Day Service Project to honor the retired heroes at the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Bossier.
  For two weeks the entire student body collected toiletries, puzzle books, candy and other items, then assembled goodie bags.
  These young Kerr Kats were so excited to be involved and honor those who have selflessly given of themselves.
  It is one more example of "Helping Hearts: The Power of We." 


Kerr Students Sock It to Drugs, Help Veterans


 When Red Ribbon Week rolled around, students at R.V. Kerr Elementary took the message to heart. Not only did they pledge to “Sock it to Drugs,” they put their words into action.

 Counselor Kristin Schreck explains the school decided to tie together Red Ribbon Week with the district’s community service initiative, “Helping Hearts: The Power of We.”  

 Students collected socks for the Overton Brooks Veterans Administration Hospital in Shreveport. Those donating socks then signed their well wishes on a big ‘sock’ and Schreck delivered it and the warm footwear to patients at the hospital.

 She said the donation was greatly appreciated by everyone on the receiving end at the VA Hospital. Veterans’ feet are now warm, which warms the hearts of students at Kerr.

 It is another great example of the “Power of We.”



T.L. Rodes Supports FORK

No child should go hungry and if T.L. Rodes has its way, none will at their school.

Feeding Our Rodes Kids or FORK is a program supported by the school that sends backpacks ...more


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Apollo Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Apollo is definitely pretty in pink! The students and faculty at Apollo designated October 3, 2014, as their day to "Go Pink for Breast Cancer ...more


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Plantation Park Tumblers Named Arklatex Best' 


  In case you missed it, the Plantation Park Tumblers were the focus of Rick Rowe's "Arklatex Best" segment on KTBS-TV.


  These first through fifth graders have been entertaining crowds for many years and definitely deserve the distinction as "Arklatex Best." Check out what this tumbling group can do by clicking here.  


Elementary School News

Benton Elementary Coach Perry Norcross Earns a Gold Star


 Who would believe in just three short years, when Coach Perry Norcross first formed an archery team at Benton Elementary, it would catapult to success on a world stage?

 In 2014 the Tigers hit the bullseye, being named Elementary World Champions after out-shooting competitors from across the nation as well as Africa, Canada and Mexico.

 Coach Laurie Chaffin, who teaches alongside Norcross at Benton Elementary, says what many people don’t realize is the amount of time after school and on weekends he spends instructing his archers, and all of it is uncompensated. He truly goes above and beyond, doing whatever it takes to bolster each child’s confidence and make them a success.    

 “He is giving children an opportunity to be successful in a sport,” Chaffin said. “For example, a student who only has one hand expressed an interest in shooting a bow. Coach Norcross researched and found out a way this girl can shoot using her teeth to pull back the string. This could be a life changing experience for this child.”

 Chaffin went on to say, “Perry works tirelessly with his archers and it went from a start-up program to WORLD CHAMPIONS in three short years. Students who may never find success in conventional sports (football, baseball, softball) can be successful in his archery program. He makes a difference for his students!”

 Judges from Bossier Federal Credit Union, which sponsors Bossier Schools’ Gold Star employee award program, said naming Coach Norcross the winner for December was a no-brainer. Benton Elementary Principal Norma Anderson agrees.

 “It’s so exciting. He’s brought attention to a sport that’s allowed individual students to be successful,” Anderson said, after Coach Norcross was surprised with the Gold Star award. “That’s what I love about this program. They may not be on the honor roll or popular kids, but they can shoot and it has given them so much self-confidence. I love what it has done.”

 So why does Coach Norcross do it? Perhaps the thunderous applause from the students at Benton Elementary and hugs he received from his archers after the surprise assembly is a hint.

 “I do it for the kids,” Norcross answered. “These kids don’t do any other activities. All they do is archery. But it gives them confidence to do other things in life.”

 He added, “State champions, world championship, all that’s great. But to see the kids be able to do something no one else can do, that’s my reward.”  

 Since gaining the level of success he has in a short time, Coach Norcross has been offered other opportunities to move on. He says he’s not going anywhere, though, because Benton Elementary is right where he wants to be. There with the kids.  


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Update: Stockwell Place Exceeds Goal to Build Kenyan School


 The Stockwell Place Stallions exceeded expectations to raise money to help build a classroom block in Kenya, thanks to some help from their friends.

 W.T. Lewis Elementary held its own fundraising effort, contributing $720 to the cause and Cope Middle School raised $1,200. Add that to Stockwell’s $4,455 and a matching gift from an anonymous donor and a total of $11,375 was collected. And money is still coming in, according to Stockwell FCA Sponsor Kim Howell.

 “The kids are so excited to be able to give to someone and the video Robyn (Horton) showed, that’s what touched them. To see kids’ desks and hear how far they walk … When you let them see, kids are very generous. Their hearts are big.”

 Robyn Horton with 410 Bridge, the non-profit organization spearheading construction of the school in Ereri, Kenya, said “It’s the power of we. If everybody does something, we can do big things.”


Stockwell Place Elementary Hopes to Raise Roof On School in Kenya

Though they live thousands of miles across the world, there is a common bond between the children of Africa and Bossier Parish; the ...more


Sun City “Socktober” Warms

Feet and Hearts

Sounds of James Brown belting out the chorus “I feel good” reverberated throughout Sun City Elementary’s gymnasium as students danced, jumped and ...more


Up and Away!

Apollo Rockets Celebrate Their ‘A’

‘A’ is for Apollo Elementary. It is also the letter grade the school earned recently when the Department of Education released state assessment scores.


To: Post Elementary

From: Waller With Love

When Waller first grade teacher Jamie Prock heard about a fire that devastated Post Elementary in her neighboring hometown in Texas, she felt compelled to ...more


Kerr Honored in Washington D.C.

for Wellness Efforts

R.V. Kerr Elementary has transformed its campus into a healthier place and those efforts were recognized at an awards ceremony in the nation’s ...more


Plantation Park Ponies Make

Special Deliveries


 “Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. Hey!”

 Joyful music rang out throughout Pilgrim Manor Guest Care Center in Bossier as young and old alike sang “Jingle Bells” and other Christmas favorites. Children from Plantation Park Elementary came dressed in antlers, red noses and Christmas outfits, bearing gifts for all.

 “Cards From the Heart” is the Plantation Park Ponies’ way to spread Christmas cheer among residents not only at Pilgrim Manor but also Garden Court Health and Rehabilitation Center and Riverview Care Center. The entire student body handcrafted some 650 cards that about 30 second grade students and the Pink Ponies service group had the honor of delivering.

 Senior citizens’ faces beamed as children handed out the cards and gave hugs. Second grade teacher Shelley Moore said it was the school’s way of giving back to the community.

 “The children have loved it. They’re rushing to go into residents’ rooms and their faces lit up as we entered the door,” Moore said.

 It was all part of the district’s efforts to pay it forward, an initiative called “Helping Hearts: The Power of We.” Plantation Park’s “Cards From the Heart” are a perfect example that it does not have to cost anything to be a blessing to others.

 “We want to make it an annual event and even bigger next year,” Moore added.


Waller Sends Candy and Cards to Treat Our Troops

More than 100 boxes filled full of candy, cards and comforts from home are now on the way to local troops serving in remote areas around the world, ...more


Airmen Feel the Love

From W.T. Lewis

Making ends meet between paychecks is oftentimes difficult for young airmen and their families at Barksdale Air Force Base. Thanks to the W.T. Lewis Bulldogs, ...more


“Shoes For SerDerrio”

One by one, kindergarten students at Benton Elementary School filed solemnly into the gymnasium with a pair of old sneakers in their hands and formed a circle.

They were ...more


Junior Achievement Teaches 200,000th Student at Meadowview Elementary

Junior Achievement surpassed a milestone when it hosted “JA In a Day” last month at Meadowview Elementary. The organization ...more


Jennifer Gulett Gets a Gold Star

Everyone appreciates a pat on the back for a job well done, but the one Jennifer Gulett got this week brought tears to her eyes.

Gathered in the gymnasium for an ...more