Representatives of Devon Energy, Adopt-A-School partner with I. A. Lewis School, surprised principal Sonja Fuller recently with a $1,000 check for the school to use on projects of its choosing. Fuller said the money will be used for technology upgrades. Fuller, who knew only that Devon’s Michelle Gantt and Aime Skipper where coming to the school, opens the check.
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Lincoln Parish became the subject of international news earlier this year when 3-year-old Max Shatto, an adopted Russian boy, died unexpectedly in January 2013. Because of the family’s local ties, the young boy’s funeral was held in Ruston, which drew Russian media representatives to the parish. Shatto’s body allegedly showed signs of bruises, though his death was officially ruled an accident. This story became part of the international debate that eventually led Russia to ban Americans from adopting Russian children.
Julie Holmes and her pre-service students at Louisiana Tech University partnered with Lincoln ACHIEVE and United Way of Northeast Louisiana to help facilitate the special kick-off events held in support of the new early grades reading initiative getting underway at Hillcrest and Glen View elementary schools. While the parents and community volunteers worked on reading strategies, the Tech teacher candidates engaged the students in their own small group literacy-based activities.
A school in the community served by Claiborne Electric Cooperative — Bethel Christian School — recently received a grant from co-op members through the Operation Round Up program.
Bethel Christian School is located in Ruston and serves 138 students. The school received a grant in the amount of $10,000 to aid in the expense of replacing the roof on the school’s administrative building.