A Bicycle for Christmas

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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.”

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School Employee of the Month

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Each month Red River Schools honors an Employee of the Month. For November that employee is Tamela Teel, a Para-Professional at Springville Education Center.
Teel was presented her award at the November meeting of the School Board.

The principal at SEC, Jacqueline Daniels nominated Teel. Daniels said, “Mrs. Teel works with Mr. Billy Henry, Sr., and our LAA1 students. These are very unique children that often present very different challenges. Mrs. Teel handles them with grace, care and an awareness of their possibilities.”

“She has a great rapport with her students holding them accountable but encouraging them to excel and gain a greater sense of independence and self-efficacy,” added Daniels. She called Teel “a great asset to the LAA1 program, SEC, and Red River Parish Schools.”

Mrs. Teal was presented a plaque and goodie bag from Taylor & Sons Insurance, represented at the meeting by Aquila Dunn.

We Have a Winner

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Who would like a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings? Apparently, most people in Red River Parish! The Journal would like to thank everyone who entered our contest.

Congratulations to Michael Antilley of Coushatta. He wins a Christmas Turkey and all the fixings for a super holiday meal. Antilley was selected from hundreds of entries in The Journal’s first “Christmas Turkey Dinner” giveaway.

The Journal caught up with Antilley at the Red River High Gym last night. He was there for the Lady Bulldog basketball game with Green Oaks. We presented him with a gift card worth $50 to purchase turkey, dressing, desert, side dishes or anything the Antilleys wish for Christmas Dinner.

Look forward to more fun contests and prize giveaways in 2019.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all from the Red River Parish Journal.

Christmas Eve Service at Methodist Church

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Pastor Curtis Carroll made a special announcement about Christmas Eve services at First United Methodist Church on Front Street. Carroll invited the community to the service on Monday evening.

Carroll said, “There will be Christmas Eve candlelight service with communion beginning at 5:00 pm December 24th. We celebrate open communion. All the community is invited.”

Last Saturday Santa Clause visited the church for “Cookies With Santa.” Children from the parish gathered around to talk with old St. Nick and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. The smiles on the faces of the children told the whole story. Lots of cookies and milk were enjoyed by everyone.

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Parents Get Tips on the Flu

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Shortly before the beginning of the Christmas break, Red River schools sent information on the Flu home with every child. The two page brochure explains about all aspects of the flu including information on your child going to school with influenza.

The Journal is attaching the information for the parents who may have missed the brochure when the kids brought it home.

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Local Sports Figure Passes

From Karen Smith

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Elder Daniel Paul Frazier departed this life Tuesday December 18,2018.
He was born November 12,1967 in Beaumount, Tx. He came back to Coushatta with his
Mom as a baby, Coushatta was then Home.

Paul as he was so compassionately called, was educated in the Red River Parish School System, where he graduated from Coushatta High School. He Furthered his Education by signing with Northwestern State University, where he was a member of the Demon Football team. He later decided to leave NSU early and walk on with the New Orleans Saints in 1989. After leaving the saints in 1991 he went to play in Sacramento World League Arena Football. He later moved to Houston, Texas were he worked and supported his Family. He united with the World Harvest Outreach Seventh Day Adventist church, were he served at an Elder.

In 1991 he married Roslyn Mosley, To this union 3 children were born.