The biggest one-day, community-wide volunteer event known to be held in Bossier Parish will take place beginning at 9 a.m. this Saturday, October 21, as Bossier Schools and the United Way of Northwest Louisiana again partner for the 3rd annual Day of Service.
More than 375 students and employees from Bossier Schools will fan out throughout the parish and into parts of Caddo to participate in 25 area projects and pay it forward.
Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith will be joined by Dr. Bruce Willson, President and CEO of United Way of Northwest Louisiana to assemble food boxes for senior citizens and get their hands dirty as they help beautify the grounds at an after-school tutoring program.
Their first stop will be at 9 a.m. at the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Operation Blessing Food Pantry, located at 1518 Cox Street in Bossier City, where students and faculty members from Legacy Elementary will be volunteering. The two will then go to Plant A Seed In Our Youth Foundation down the street at 1325 Hamilton Circle where a group from Benton High School will be painting, weeding and planting.
Hundreds more students and employees will be involved in community service activities, helping non-profit agencies such as the Renesting Project and Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home. They will also be hosting a community dog wash, planting trees, conducting neighborhood cleanups and painting parking lot striping in the Town of Plain Dealing.
“It gives me great pride to see how Bossier Schools’ Day of Service has grown in such a short amount of time and how strongly our students and employees feel about giving back to our community,” said Superintendent Smith. “This is one way Bossier Schools is able to demonstrate our gratitude for the tremendous support we receive, not only from the social service agencies we are helping but from the people of Bossier Parish.”
Echoing Smith’s sentiments, Dr. Willson said “It is inspiring to see so many people from Bossier Schools who are willing to roll up their sleeves and spend their Saturday lending a hand, getting dirty and doing the things necessary to help their fellow neighbor. It is what makes the place we call ‘home’ an ever better place to live.”