ETC… for Friday, November 29th

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A reminder that students return to classes on Monday. They will have a half day break on Thursday.  Schools are dismiss at noon so that students may participate in the Christmas Parade. Check with local businesses before going Thursday afternoon.  Many close early for the parade.

Wednesday is the first of the Advent Lunch series at First Methodist Church on Front Street.  A delicious lunch will be served followed by a brief devotional service. It is free and all in the community are welcome.

Checking the local basketball schedule, the Red River Lady Bulldogs will host Logansport on Monday night.  Tip-off is 6:00 pm.  Tuesday Riverdale travels to El Dorado, Arkansas for boys and girls games with West Side Christian School.  On Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs play at Evangel at 6:00 pm and the Bulldogs play at Lincoln Prep, also at 6:00 pm.

Did you realize that the NSU Lady Demon Basketball program was on a roll? 

Despite a 32-point fourth quarter effort, Northwestern State saw its 24-game winning streak against non-Division I opponents end on Wednesday with a 68-63 loss to the Lady Pilots of LSU-Shreveport.

Congratulations to freshmen athletes at Riverdale Academy.  Recently they received their letter jackets.


October Students of Month at Riverdale

The Commander of Coushatta’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7287 joined Riverdale Academy’s Principal in saluting the school’s Students of the Month for October.  Certificates were presented to the three students last Thursday.

These are the Student of the Month for October:

Riverdale Elementary School – 1st grader Maggie Nettles, the daughter of Josh and Heather Nettles and Ashley George.  Her teacher said that Maggie is a very hard worker and has made great progress in 1st grade.  She is sweet and kind to everyone, and she is never a behavior problem.

Riverdale Middle School – 7th Grader Jadyn King – Jadyn is the daughter of Johnny and Tabitha King.  She is an excellent student as well as being kind to all of the students at Riverdale.  She is a very hard worker that is always willing to lend a hand.  Jaydn is also very active in her community at the Red River Cowboy Church and in softball and basketball.

And Riverdale High School – 11th Grader Parker Almond  –  Parker is the son of Will and Heather Almond and is a model student.  He is kind and caring and is always willing to help out in any way possible.  Parker maintains the straight A honor roll while also being involved in many extracurricular activities including basketball, which is his favorite.

Each month VFW Post and Auxiliary 7287 present students at Riverdale Academy a certificate and gift card for Dairy Queen.  The students are nominated for the honor by their teachers.


Bulldogs Loose to Kinder

By Hayley Loe

Last Friday the Red River Bulldogs played against the Kinder Yellow Jackets in the 2nd round of playoffs  The final score was Kinder 28-Red River 14 causing the Bulldogs road to the dome to end.

Red River’s touchdowns were scored by Camron Keith #3 and Markell Washington #5. All extra points were kicked by Ryder Hogan #36. However the Bulldogs have proven that even with this loss they refuse to lose hope for next year’s season.

The Red River Bulldogs team has had some setbacks this season, but they have also had their high points. As this season comes to a close, the class of 2020 Bulldogs say goodbye to their high school football careers.  They also say goodbye to Coach Martin who is leaving the Red River Highschool staff for a long and happy retirement. The Red River Bulldogs hope for next year’s season to be even better than this years.

Editor’s Note:  Thank you to Hayley Loe for covering Red River Football this season.  Great writing and super pictures, Hayley.  Your best photo of the year is the one at the top of this article.


Remembering a Friend

Many people remember Deputy Sheriff Roger Longino from his recent work as the School Resource Officer at Red River Elementary.  He also was their DARE instructor.

Longino is being remembered by many in our community for the positive way he touched their lives, or their children’s lives, and even the lives of their grandchildren.

On Sunday, Roger Longino passed away.  His passing shocked the community and resulted in a tremendous outpouring on social media.  Full details of his life and work are included in his obituary elsewhere in this issue of The Journal.

Thanks to Tori Bamburg for the photo.


Let No Little One Be Forgotten

The Methodist Men’s Group from First Methodist and Wesley Chapel churches gathered toys to make sure some children in our community are not forgotten this Christmas.  This is the third year the project has been carried out.

There are many men incarcerated in the Red River Parish Jail this Christmas season.  The Methodist Men want to assure that their children have presents even though their fathers may not be able to shop and wrap them.  That was the inspiration for the gift collection. Many ladies from the churches pitched in so that every child got at least two gifts.

The presents were brought to the Last Monday Men’s Breakfast held on Monday November 25that First Methodist Church.  There was two tables full of brightly wrapped gifts.  Later on Monday the Parish Jail Warden, Joey Wiggins arranged to have the gifts picked up and transported to the jail.

Wiggins thanked the church members, “Thank you again to the church for your generosity for my offenders. I will get the guys together for a group photo.”  The gifts will be presented to the children by their fathers during visitations during the holiday season.  Wiggins said, “I appreciate everyone’s generosity.  And I hope you have a good holiday.”


Martin Send-Off Into Retirement

Longtime educator and coach at Red River High, Earl Martin, has retired.  He was given a big send-off last week with a reception in the school library.

Afterward Missy Antilley, girls basketball coach and PE instructor posted, “Today was a tough one. I watched my partner in crime for the last 20 years walk out the door to retirement.  It hasn’t really set in yet but I know when we get back to school after break it will.”

Antilley said, “Thanks for everything Coach but most of all thanks for always being there for me!!!  Like we talked about no tears. Love ‘ya Coach.  Kill a big one.”


Kindergarten Science Study

To study leaves, you have to find some trees.  So the Kindergarten class at Riverdale Academy went out of the classroom in search of leaves.  Here is the school’s post:

 Science Fun: Kindergarten is learning all about leaves this week in Science. Today they read “We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt” a Scholastic Book by Steve Metzger. Then each student had to collect, observe, and sort leaves. They talked about how leaves are similar and different. They also looked at patterns and shapes of leaves. Students did a great job on their leaf projects!


Great Items in Elementary School Raffle

Students at Red River Elementary are selling raffle tickets for some great prizes.  They are pictured with this article. 

The Elementary PAW parents posted that students are selling the tickets during the Thanksgiving break. The students are told to fill out the purchaser’s information on one half and give the other end to them. Ticket buyers are reminded to circle the item they wish to get if they win the raffle.

If you sell out and want more, please send a note back with your student to give their Teacher and I will send more with them.

There is a little incentive to the class that sells the most raffle tickets.  They get to choose between a donut party or a pizza party.  What student doesn’t like pizza?

The Elementary School fundraiser runs through December 16th.  The prize drawing will be on December 18th.


Next Stop:  Kentucky

Participating in 4-H in the parish can be very rewarding.  Just ask Madison Chamberlin.  Her work with livestock is paying off.

4-H said, “We are so proud of Madison Chamberlin for winning a 4-H education trip to Louisville, Kentucky for the North American International Livestock Expedition! These trips are for 13-18 year old 4-Hers who excel in their Livestock projects.”


Riverdale Physics Projects

Challenges are fun. And challenges can also teach a lesson. At Riverdale recently two challenges proved from Dr. Hunter Brown the point.

First there was the Spaghetti Bridge challenge.

Spaghetti Bridge Challenge criteria:  50 cm gap, aesthetics, strength to weight ratio, cost effectiveness.  Haven’t calculated all the results yet.

Friday night Riverdale posted, “Just another reason we love Riverdale! This week was the spaghetti bridge challenge in physical science and physics. Molly, Luke, and Emma won overall by one point-their bridge had lights! The results aren’t calculated for Matthew’s class, but I do know that he, Jake, Brennan, and Ronda did well!”

Another challenge was the Tug of War.  What is the physical science challenge there?  Consider this:

Riverdale physics:  Newton’s laws of motion.  There were boys vs. girls tug-o-war and trust falls. The girls were able to exert more force against the ground and friction worked in their favor.  They beat the boys.