The Christmas Spirit descended upon Red River Elementary School Monday morning. It came in the form of a truck-load of new shiny bicycles. A total of 26 students were awarded bicycles.
Freedom Worship Center and Pastor Ashanti Cole headed up the effort. Students as young as three years old up through 5th grade entered a contest to earn a bike. Students in grades three through five wrote an essay on “How to Better Your Community.” Top five got a bicycle and a $100 dollar Christmas shopping spree.
The essay contest winners were Ty B Cole in 1st place, Ga’leah Williams in 2nd place, Elijah Murphy in 3rd place, Joshua Brisker in 4th place, and Brandon Palmer in 5th place. Brandon Palmer and Joshua Brisker also were awarded bicycles because of their perfect attendance.
The three year olds up through second grade earned their bike based on attendance and conduct.
Four students got bicycles based upon maintaining a 4.0 average for two semesters. Those students were Kenya Gray and Abigail McBride in 5th grade, Morgan Housley in 4th grade, and Christopher Griffith in 3rd grade.
A former Coushatta student Pollyanna Leonard is now Vice President of RISE Community Services of Shreveport. Leonard remembered the fond memories she had of our town. Her group was looking for people who make a difference in their community. They selected Ashanti Cole and presented him with their 2018 Community Improvement Award on December 2nd.
Leonard said the bicycles were all donated by individuals on the community. Freedom Worship Center conducted the project to get the bikes donated. Pastor Cole said, “I want to thank all who donated the bicycles and the money for these awards.”