Orie Floyd Williams

Funeral services for Orie Floyd Williams, 85, of Fairview Alpha, LA will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Olan McLaren officiating.  Interment will follow in Davis Springs Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 6 P.M. until 9 P.M. Friday, December 20, 2019 at the funeral home.

Orie was born October 23, 1934 in Fairview Alpha, LA to Conrad and Willie Williams and passed away December 18, 2019.  Orie attended school in Fairview Alpha and went to college at Northwestern graduating with a degree in Art and Business.  He joined the U.S. Air Force after college and served active duty for four years and another eight years in the reserves.  Orie then returned home to join his brothers in the family business of laying tile.  He then left the family business and started working at American Bank and Trust as a janitor/general laborer.  Orie had ambition and a business degree and soon started his climb to the position of Vice-President which he finally retired from after 34 years of service.  He was a true renaissance man with many proficient talents in art, gardening, construction, photography, teaching, theater and song.  He served his church family in many positions over the years from choir, teacher, board member to Board President.  The youth group, known as the Orieo’s, which was named after him, still lead the way in helping the community with donations of money, time, coats, shoeboxes for homeless children, etc.  He attended numerous meetings and was instrumental in seeing many projects fulfilled including the current church sanctuary.  Orie left his mark on the old sanctuary in the form of the stained-glass windows that are prominently displayed.

Orie had suffered with the general health problems of the elderly the past few years as well as Alzheimer’s disease.  He was bedridden the past few years and finally succumbed to a stroke which left him a few days of life.  He will be missed greatly by many people who loved him for the kind, Christian man he was.

Orie was the last of six children to pass on from this life.  He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Arnold Williams, Douglas Williams, and Jimmy Williams; two sisters, Carrie Mae Bailey and Leta Baker.

Left to cherish his memories include his wife, Beatrice Williams; four children, Floyd Baker of Coushatta, LA, Tim Baker of Coushatta, LA, Cindy White and husband, Mike of Campti, LA, and Willette Frederick and husband, Robert of Coushatta, LA.  Loving grandchildren include Jonathan White, Colton White, T.J. Bradham, Kelly Bradham Cameron, Chelsie Wren Williams, Skyler Dane Williams, Bella Reese Frederick, Finley Quinn Frederick, many extended family from his lifelong church, Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church and one very special small dog named Pippa.

Pallbearers will be Robert Jonathan White, T.J. Bradham, Max Pepper, Robert Messick, Richard Cox and Jarrett Bailey.  Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Stanley Williams and Jimmy Wayne Williams.


Mother, Son Die in Apartment Fire

State Fire Marshal (SFM) deputies continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding an apartment fire involving two deaths in Coushatta.
Around 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, the Red River Parish Fire Department responded to a fire call in the 100 block of East Carroll Street. The structure was a former commercial building that had been converted into apartment units.
Firefighters later discovered the bodies of a woman and 7-year-old boy in the downstairs unit. The occupant of the upstairs unit woke to smoke in his apartment and was able to escape by jumping from the second floor. He was not injured during the escape.
Official identification and cause of death of the victims are pending an autopsy by the Red River Parish Coroner’s Office.
While an exact cause of the fire remains undetermined, SFM investigators believe a heating device placed too close to combustible objects could be a contributing factor. Investigators also were not able to locate working smoke alarms in this home. 
The SFM would like to implore all families to practice safe home heating by following these simple tips:
• Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets
• Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords
• Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes
• Don’t overfill fireplaces/wood burning stoves
• Do not leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) left unattended
The SFM would also like to remind all residents that smoke alarms make a significant difference in your chances of surviving a fire. Operation Save-A-Life partners with local fire departments and districts to install smoke alarms for families that need them.


Red River Players Make All District

A number of Red River football players have been selected to the 2-A All District team.  Four players made the first team, twelve made the second team, and 5 players made honorable mention.  The school released the list Thursday.

2019 ALL DISTRICT FOOTBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM

Cameron Keith- LB
Kenneth Bradley Jr.- DB
Markell Washington- DB
Marcus Brewer- DL

SECOND TEAM

Stanley Maxie- LB
Markell Washington- WB/KICK RETURNER
Qylil Mosley- DB
Johnnie Maxie- DB
Brian Palmer Jr.- WR
Zintayvious Smith- QB
Kenneth Bradley Jr.- Defensive MVP
Jaylen McDonald- DL
Marcus Brewer- TE
Seth Wimberly- DL
Ashanti Cole- DL
Ryder Hogan- K

HONORABLE MENTION

Leonard Moseley- DL
Jarrett Castello- DL
Brandon Harris- LB
Ronald Perkins- DL
Timothy Thomas- DL


Use Fireworks Safely

State Fire Marshal Offers Purchase, Use Tips as Fireworks Retail Sales for the New Year Holiday Begin.  As another fireworks sales season begins, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to encourage all Louisiana residents to not only be safe when using fireworks, but knowledgeable when buying them.

More than 300 retail fireworks permits have been issued for the 2019 New Year season, as it is state law for wholesale and retail fireworks business operators to be appropriately licensed by the SFM, in the parishes and municipalities where they are legally allowed.  The sales season extends through January 1.

The SFM encourages, first and foremost, that families to choose to enjoy public fireworks displays over creating their own. However, if purchasing fireworks is your preference, we advise families to be mindful of whether the stand they are purchasing from has been permitted by this office. You can request to see permitting information from any retail fireworks business you patron. The SFM encourages reporting any suspicious or illegal sales of fireworks to 1-800-256-5452 or by visiting our website, lasfm.org.

In addition, we want everyone to enjoy fireworks in the safest way possible. A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that more than 9,000 firework-related injuries were reported in 2018.

To avoid becoming part of this statistic, the SFM advises:

• Detonating devices at least 200 feet away from structures, vehicles and rubbish
• Never allowing children to light fireworks
• Never operating fireworks while impaired
• Lighting devices one at a time and monitoring embers released with a bucket of water or hose nearby
• Discarding detonated items by wetting them down to prevent reignition and not disposing of them in a trash container immediately.

Prepared by SFM Public Affairs Director- Ashley Rodrigue.


Santa Has Cookies

This chair is empty now. Come Saturday morning it will be overflowing with holiday merriment and Old St. Nicholas too!

Bring your children and grandchildren to First Methodist Church Saturday morning.  Santa will be there serving the kids cookies.

Here is your chance to get their picture sitting on Santa’s lap.  And the kids can tell Santa their Christmas wish list.

The elves begin serving cookies at 9:30 Saturday morning.  First Methodist Church is on Front Street in Coushatta.


Challenge Camp 4-H

The annual Challenge Camp is coming in January.  Red River 4-H said, “Need a last minute Christmas gift for your 7/8th grade 4-Her?? Send them with us to Challenge camp in February!!!”

Challenge Camp is a fun and learning experience for 4-H students. Sign up for the January event is now under way.  Full details and sign up instructions are on the flyer below.


Students of the Month at Riverdale

Students of the Month for November have been presented at Riverdale Academy.  Each student selected received a certificate and gift card to Dairy Queen.

These are the students selected along with their nomination statements:

Elementary Student
2nd grader Brylee Halbmaier – daughter of Jake and Jonna Halbmaier.  Her teacher said she is very creative and makes good grades.  She enjoys reading and showing her goat.  Her favorite candy is peanut M&M’s.  Brylee is always kind to others.

Middle School Student
8th grader Kyle Guillory – son of Leslee Johnson – Kyle’s teachers said that he is a very hard working and respectable young man and almost always has a smile on his face.  He has improved greatly over the past year.  Kyle played on the Riverdale varsity football team.  He also plays on the Rebel JV basketball team where he is in the starting lineup.

High School Student
12th grader Adam Bryant – son of Derrell and Nikki Bryant.  Adam is on the all A honor roll and is a very hard worker.  He’s taking several dual enrollment classes during his senior year.  His teachers said he is polite, a hard worker, and kind to others.  He is on the Rebel football team and was recently named to the all-district team.  Adam is a great role model to younger students.  He was recently photographed autographing a football and his game gloves for a 4th grade student.  Riverdale will miss him when he graduates in the spring.

Student of the Month is a community recognition program that salutes outstanding students in Red River Parish.  It is sponsored by Post 7287 and Auxiliary7287 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


Art Show at High School

This week the art department of Red River High School presented their creations.  The event was held in the foyer of the gymnasium.

The school said, “Amazing Art work by our Art 1 and 2 students.    We also had great music from the amazing guitarist Seth Wimberly.  If you don’t know, our kids are talented and amazing.”


Another Early Graduate

Red River High posted, “We have another graduating senior to highlight.  Jacob Durr becomes the second RRHS student in school history to complete his Level 2 Welding Certification.  This is one of the toughest jumpstart certifications to get and now we have 2 Red River High School students who have completed it.  

“Jacob is not only graduating with an Advanced Statewide Jumpstart Certification but will also graduate with a Tops University Diploma, the first to do it at RRHS.  Red River High is proud of you Jacob and all your hard work.“

Red River Principal JC Dickey said, “Jacob is one of a kind and I could not be more happy for this young man.  He is a great example that life is what you put into it.  Keep up the good work Jacob.”


ETC… for Friday, December 20th

Congratulations to the Red River Lady Bulldog Soccer Team.  They have brought home two victories this week.  On Tuesday they defeated Bossier High 1-0.  Same score on Thursday with a 1-0 victory over Woodlawn High. This is the first time in the history of the Red River Soccer Program that a team has won back-to-back games.

The railroad crossing repair work that was originally scheduled for tomorrow, December 21sthas been postponed.  DOTD said, “This road closure has Been RESCHEDULED for Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.”  The road will be closed so the Kansas City Southern Railroad can repair the crossing on US 84 or E. Carroll St.

NSU published a couple of dates for your calendar:

Dec. 22 – Jan. 12, 2020 – Registration for spring semester through NSUConnect 

Dec. 23 – Jan. 5 – University closed for Christmas/New Year’s holiday

From Abundant Life Worship Center comes word of Food, prizes, and fun! Youth CHRISTmas Party this Sunday 5:00-8:00.

Drive carefully in the early morning fog we have had lately. The fog was so thick on Thursday morning that The Journal observed a water truck only doing 35 mph.


Fatal Fire In Old Coushatta

A late night fire in one of Coushatta’s oldest structures took two lives.  The old Bank of Coushatta building was gutted.  Names of victims have not been released.

State Fire Marshal deputies are on the scene of a fire investigation involving two deaths in Coushatta.

Firefighters responded to the call in the 100 block of East Carroll Street in the 10 p.m. hour.

The bodies of two victims were later discovered.

 

Two Area Road Closures

The state transportation department published two area road closures this week. The first begins on December 19thwill be the St. Pierre Bayou bridge on US 84.  The other closure will be the railroad crossing on US 84 (East Carroll Street) on Saturday, December 21st.

Here are the notices from DOTD:

ROAD CLOSURE: US 84 bridge over Bayou Pierre, Red River Parish

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that beginning on Thursday, December 19, 2019, the US 84 bridge over Bayou Pierre in Red River Parish near Grand Bayou, located approximately 3.4 miles east of I-49, will be closed for repair. 

This work is scheduled to take place from 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 19th until Saturday, December 21st. 

Alternate Route: Total bridge closure. ALL vehicles must detour using I-49, LA 509 and LA 1. 

ROAD CLOSURE: US 84 at KCS Railroad crossing, Red River Parish

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that on Saturday, December 21, 2019, US 84 (E. Carroll St.) at the KCS Railroad crossing in Coushatta, Red River Parish will be closed. 

This work is scheduled to take place from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is necessary to allow KCS to make repairs to the railroad tracks.

Alternate Route: US 71 (Detour signs will be in place). 

According to these postings, all work should be completed by Saturday afternoon.


CP-Tel System Failure

Area users of CP-Tel for telephone and internet service had their service interrupted early Monday morning.  The company apologized for the outage which it said was due to a power issue. By Tuesday most customers in the parish had their service restored.

This is the update, issued Tuesday evening:

Update (6:42 PM on 12/17/19): A large number of customers in Campti/Black Lake/Creston area should start seeing their service restored as of this update. If not, please reboot your router for it to potentially recognize the changes that have been implemented to restore service. If this doesn’t resolve the issue please continue to comment on this post with what services are down and what area you are located in. Our internal phones are back up and working so you can also reach us now at 352-0006 to report ongoing issues. 

We’re up to 80-85% of customers with service restored. We’re aware that many of you are still without service. We have a team, both internal employees and external, continuing to work around the clock to get all customers back up and running. Our own internal phones are still down at our main office. Please comment here if you are still without service. Please provide what specific services are still out (Phone/Internet/TV) and your location.

In Red River, the CP-Tel outage affected offices in the Courthouse including the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff posted alternate ways to communicate with them on their social media pages.  Also affected were the School Board office and all public schools. Also businesses depending upon CP-Tel for their phone or network connections were without service most of the day on Monday.


Elementary School DARE Graduation

On December 12, 2019, DARE graduation was held at Red River Elementary School (RRES). Eighty hard-working students were presented certificates for successfully completing the requirements of the program. Red River Parish Sheriff’s Deputy/DARE Officer Tamara George officiated the ceremony.

DARE is a drug awareness program that is taught across the United States and around the world. Students learn the dangers of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco as well as “how to say no” using DARE’s five resistance strategies. Students also learn the DARE Decision Making Model which is designed to help them make safe and responsible choices. Topics include communication skills, peer pressure, stress and bullying along with facts and health effects of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

This year’s graduation was extra special as the students and staff paid tribute to Lt. Roger Longino who unexpectedly passed away on November 24, 2019. Lt. Longino was employed by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office for 27 ½ years and served as the DARE Instructor and School Resource Officer at RRES. It was a touching moment as the students sang a song that identified Lt. Longino as “A Legend”!

Lt. Longino’s brother, and fellow DARE Officer, Michael Longino assisted in presenting the DARE awards. He also addressed the graduating students and those in attendance. Deputy Longino has been a DARE Officer with Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office for sixteen years.

Those recognized as this year’s DARE Essay winners were William Landen Clark, Mallory Lewis, Ya’niyah Logan and Malachi Rangel. Workbook winners were Ja’Nyla Caldwell, Brent Danzy, Morgan Housley and Dustin Kijanski. Every one of the students did a great job and all of the essays were exceptional!

Another highlight of the afternoon was when the entire fifth grade class and staff sang the DARE song! It was a job well done and would have brought a big smile to Lt. Longino’s face. As a memorial from the class and school, Lt. Longino’s family was presented a plaque, framed photo and two DARE t-shirts signed by each DARE student.

Before receiving their graduation certificates, Sheriff Glen Edwards spoke to the students about the importance of making good decisions and remembering to utilize those tools taught to them by Deputy George and Lt. Longino. The same sentiment was echoed by Superintendent Alison Hughes, Deputy George, Deputy M. Longino and Assistant Principal Rester who each briefly addressed the fifth grade class.

Sheriff Edwards and the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Red River Parish School Board and Administration for allowing our department to teach the DARE program in the school. We would also like to thank fifth grade teachers Dadrian Harris, Megan Inman, Sherry Pickett and Tiffany Williams as well as Counselor Crystal Williams (and all others) who made this DARE year a success for the kids. In closing, THANK YOU fifth grade students for your hard work and dedication and THANK YOU parents for entrusting your children to us!


Elf Drops In

Area residents were surprised last Thursday with the visit of Air Evac Lifeteam to Rivertown Market. A “special guest” rode along to meet kids of all ages.

It was part of a member recruiting effort by Sherry Eidt, Air Evac Membership Sales Manager.  Eidt told The Journal, “We are offering America’s largest air ambulance membership program.  We have over 3,000,000 members.”

Eidt said, “The helicopter we flew here today is based in Winnfield and serves Red River and surrounding parishes.  We brought the “Elf on the Shelf” to visit with children and their parents.”

The Elf is Mike McDonald. He is one of Air Evac’s helicopter pilots, however on Thursday he was off duty.  So McDonald put on the red suit and pointed cap to portray the Elf.


Children’s Choir Musical

The children’s choir of First Baptist Church, Coushatta, presented its annual Christmas musical Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the church. Twenty-four children enjoyed singing The Little Drummer Dude, written by Christy Semsen and arranged by Daniel Semsen.

According to Lifeway and Word Music, “Persia’s Traveling Band (or PTB as their fans call them) is out on its biggest tour yet with their little “roadie” Abel. Along the way, they meet three Wise Men, who are following a star in search for a King who has just been born. With the possibility of playing before a royal audience, PTB decides to join them and make the journey to Bethlehem.

During the journey, the little dude named Abel unveils his passion for playing the drums. While the band does not take his playing seriously, the Wise Men notice his talent and encourage his efforts, knowing he has a special gift. One of the Wise Men expresses to Abel that perhaps he might even get to play his drum for the King.” Did he get his wish? Choir members and audience learned that God can do amazing things through everyone, even if they are “just a little” (child).

PTB members were played by Mary Claire Jones, Hanna Catherine Huddleston, Summer Rushing, Jenna Mills. The Little Drummer Dude (Abel) was played by Samuel Murray.

Biblical characters were played by Reagan Davis, Ashton Almond, Ben Moseley, Adyson Barrett, Julia Mills, Hannah Murray, Hope Mills, Morgan Moseley, and Zachary Garrett. Dr. Hunter Brown played King Herod.

Other characters were Estelle, played by McKinley Davis, and the camels, played by Cannon Breedlove, Trevor Bell, Carter Breedlove, Ryder Shaver, and Landon Webb.

Other choir members (the “littles”) were Dally Bell, Tinley Pearah, Jillian Shaver, Jett Waters, and Micah Webb.

Following the musical, the five sixth graders in their final children’s choir production were recognized. They were Ashton Almond, Hanna Catherine Huddleston, Mary Claire Jones, Jenna Mills, and Ben Moseley.

Choir director is Julie Page, assisted by teachers Melanie Davis and Jennifer Moseley. Behind the scenes helpers, in addition to Moseley on lights, were Makayla Mills, Abby Sims, Rafe Suggs, and Lindsay Waters. Dr. Nathan Davis is pastor.

6th graders in final children’s choir performance, L to R: Ashton Almond, Mary Claire Jones, Jenna Mills, Hanna Catherine Huddleston, and Ben Moseley
“The Littles”, L to R: Jett Waters, Tinley Pearah, Jillian Shaver, Dally Bell, and Micah Webb
Morgan Moseley as Joseph, Zachary Garrett as two year old Jesus, and Hope Mills as Mary
Trevor Bell, Landon Webb, Cannon Breedlove, Ryder Shaver, and Carter Breedlove
Back, L to R:  Summer Rushing, Mary Claire Jones, Jenna Mills, and Hanna Catherine Huddleston.
Front, L to R:  Cannon Breedlove and Samuel Murray
Julia Mills, Dr. Hunter Brown, Adyson Barrett, and Hannah  Murray.
The Wise Men played by Reagan Davis, Ashton Almond, and Ben Moseley

Riverdale Students and Teachers Get Into the Spirit

Holiday spirit abounds around every corner.  There are bright holiday decorations everywhere.  All week students have been decorating their classroom doors.  They were judged and results published today.

And the winners for the Christmas Door Decorating Contest are:

1st place- Mrs. Azlin and the Juniors.  Jesus is the Greatest Gift

2nd place- Mrs. Spradley and the Sophomores.  Let’s Take a sELFIE

3rd place- Mrs. Rushing and the 6th graders.  Grinch Hand

People’s Choice- Mrs. Merry and the 4th graders.  We Came in Like a Christmas Ball

Thank you to all our amazing teachers for participating and making our hallways so festive and fun this holiday season.

Also this week, the school announced an ugly Christmas sweater contest.  Many students found an ugly sweater somewhere.  They were judged to pick the tackiest.

Congratulations to our ugly sweater contest winners. Mrs. Kelly, Bryson Smith, Brooklyn Giddings, and Teagan Vargas rocked those ugly sweaters.

Tomorrow it is time for Riverdale’s Christmas Play.  The word is being spread to be there Thursday morning.

Calling all RA family and friends!! The Riverdale Academy student body will present the first ever Christmas program on Thursday, December 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium.  All grades will be participating. We hope to see you there! Merry Christmas!


Norris Graduates a Year Early

Red River High School would like to say a big Congratulations to Taylor Norris.  Taylor made history this week as the first RRHS student to ever complete the Welding Level 2 Certification.  

Taylor not only completed this very difficult task but will graduate from high school a full year early. Taylor has already received a job with a construction company.


ETC… for Wednesday, December 18th

Today (December 18th) is the final in the Advent Luncheon series for 2019.  Lunch will be served at noon at First Methodist Church on Front Street. The menu includes corn and shrimp chowder, potato soup, and great deserts. 

The Journal will publish a day early next week.  Wednesday is Christmas Day, therefore The Journal will publish on Tuesday.  Look for the email on Tuesday morning.  If you have news or pictures for next week, please email them to RedRiverParishJournal@gmail.comby Monday afternoon.  And Merry Christmas to all from The Journal.

Bring the children to Cookies With Santa Saturday morning, December 21st.  The event will be held in McLemore Hall at First Methodist Church on Front Street beginning at 9:30 am.

Hickory Grove Baptist Church holds its Christmas Program on Sunday December 22ndat 11:00 am. 

The Journal thanks Faerie Sledge at First Baptist Church for the great photos of the children’s Christmas musical.  Send us the photos of your church’s Christmas special events for an upcoming issue.

Red River and Riverdale basketball teams will be busy this holiday season.  Christmas holidays begin Friday, December 20th, however there are basketball games throughout the break.  Tonight the Red River Boys play Green Oaks in the Gibsland Bank Minden Holiday Classic.  The game is at 8:00 pm and will be played at the Rec Center in Minden.

Red River Girls travel to Moss Bluff north of Lake Charles for the Sam Houston Classic.  They have a challenging game against St Louis at 8:00 pm Friday night.  At 1:00 Saturday afternoon the girls play New Iberia.

On Friday night Riverdale Academy travels to northeast Louisiana to play Tensas Academy.  There will be both boys and girls games.

These and more high school basketball games will be covered by Journal Sports.  Folks who subscribed to text message alerts will be notified shortly before each game.  If you would like to receive the text alerts, go to the menu bar on RedRiverParishJournal.com and click on “Join Text Club.”  There is no fee for this service.

A big “Thank You” for our loyal readers.  This issue marks the 2,501ststory issued by The Journal.  And we keep counting.  There really are a lot of things that happen in Red River Parish.


CP-Tel Service Interruption

Internet and telephone service offered by CP-Tel in Red River Parish is currently down.  The Journal has been unable to contact the company due to this service interruption.

The Red River Sheriff’s Office posted on social media that their phones are out due to this interruption.  They said, “Our phone system (main line and backup line) is down. If you have an emergency please call 911. No idea at this point how long our system will be down. Thanks.”

The Journal was scheduled to broadcast basketball games for both Red River High and Riverdale Academy tonight.  Technical arrangements are being made to carry the games.


VFW Public School Students of the Month

The local VFW Post and Auxiliary presented awards to the Students of the Month at the December School Board Meeting.  On Monday evening, Superintendent Alison Hughes read the citations for the students selected and presented each with a certificate and gift card to Dairy Queen.

Seth Wimberly was selected from Red River High School.  Hughes said, Seth is an honest gentleman who is always willing to step out.  He is friendly, hard-working, non-judgmental and helpful.  He has been selected as one of the finalists for student of the year. As a thoughtful writer and classmate, he ensures that he is prepared for class discussions and adds to what his classmates say by introducing new ideas.”

The other Student of the Month present at the board meeting was Imari Speed.  Hughes read the nomination statement from his teacher, Intha Fields, “When you think of Imari, you can’t help but smile, maybe even laugh.  He is always in a good mood and you can’t help but be in a good mood as well if you’re anywhere near him.  I’m happy to report that Imari has made tremendous growth within the last month. He’s managed to balance out the time spent on jokes and making others laugh with his school work, which is quite the success for Imari.  He participates in everydiscussion we have and has become one of the top math and ELA students. To me, the best thing I could ever say about Imari is, he gets along with everyone. He never meets a stranger and lifts the spirits of everyone he meets.  He is definitely one of my favorite people.”

Two students were not present at the board meeting.  They are Olivia Filkins from Red River Elementary and Tylan Beavers from Red River Junior High.

The nomination statement for Filkins read, “Mrs. Tong and Ms. Bamburg say that Olivia is smart and hard-working.  She has a positive attitude and is willing to work with anyone. She gets all of her work done every day. Olivia is very respectful and is really an over-all good kid.”

And Beavers’ nomination statement read, “Tylan was chosen for 6thgrade student of the month because of his character. He is honest, trustworthy, reliable, responsible, enthusiastic and hard-working, and those are just a few of the words that describe him.  When he is asked to complete an assignment or task, he gives 100% and makes sure the work/job is done on time and correctly.  He is a role model for his peers and anyone else around him.  He is a positive, well-mannered and well-behaved young man.”