Bossier Parish principals and educational leaders will meet at the breakfast table Thursday, February 16 to renew the district’s pledge to “Live United” and support the efforts of the United Way of Northwest Louisiana.

Bossier Schools has long been a proud supporter of the United Way and its many partners and programs, offering employees the option to support non-profit agencies and churches through payroll deduction.

A campaign kickoff breakfast to reaffirm that commitment for 2017 will be held at 8 a.m. Feb. 16 at Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning, 1020 Innovation Drive in Bossier City, which students in the Culinary Arts program will cater. Media partners are welcome to attend.

The United Way of Northwest Louisiana will also hand out awards to schools and centers that increased participation by 50-percent or more over the previous year. Collectively, Bossier Schools nearly doubled its United Way contributions in 2016.

Recognitions and special awards will also be given for Bossier Schools’ second annual Day of Service event, which was held October 22. This day of volunteerism, uniting more than 300 students, employees and family members, resulted in the district being named the “2016 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization” by the North Louisiana chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“We are better when we work together,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith. “Fostering active involvement in the community and modeling the importance of giving back is a cornerstone in our district, and by partnering with the United Way, we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.”

“United Way is always excited to partner with Bossier Parish Schools,” said Dr. Bruce Willson, President and CEO of United Way of Northwest Louisiana. “They contribute so much to our community through the United Way Day of Service in the fall, running their workplace campaign, and what they do each and every day for the students of Bossier Parish.”