A/C Repairs in Winter

You may recall the old story about the leaky roof.  The home owner did not want to fix it in good weather and he couldn’t fix it when it was raining.  So why would anyone want to fix an air conditioning system in the winter?  Because in Louisiana it never stays cold for that long a time.

The Members of Magnolia Baptist Church are faced with a no longer functioning air conditioning system in their Sunday School classrooms.  So they decided to pitch in and raise the money during winter to get it fixed by spring.

On Friday, the church held a pulled pork sandwich luncheon to raise the money.  The Journal spoke with member Barbara Nichols.  She was overjoyed with the results, “I want to thank the people of the parish so much.  They pulled together, helped with our fundraiser, and it has been a blessing to all of us.”

Nichols is speaking of the turnout.  Before the lunch hour they had already filled approximately 300 pre-orders.  The Pastor’s wife, Tammy Cloud cooked homemade pulled pork and heaped it high on the bun.  Bro. Wylann Cloud got some men of the church to load the lunches into vehicles and deliver them.

Each lunch was packed with love, and a homemade cookie.  Julie Long baked hundreds of cookies, some butter cream and some chocolate chip, and saw to it that one was included with each meal.

The weather has been chilly and damp this week.  And the folks of Magnolia Baptist Church worked to make sure they would be cool and comfortable to study and worship next summer.

Red River High Class Salute

The High School recently made a series of posts describing various new class offerings.  One saluted a new member of the faculty.

Meet Mr. Marco Reyes.  He is new to Red River High this year and is a huge asset.  Reyes teaches Math Essentials, Financial Literacy, Business Math, and Algebra 1.  This week Mr. Reyes lead our PLC (professional learning community) teaching us some of the things he has been learning in the State Math Content Leader Training.  Great job today Mr. Reyes keep up the good work.

Another post by the school dealt with AP Biology, “Meet Ms. Vance and her AP Biology class, both new to Red River High this year.  

Anyone ready for a McDonald’s Happy Meal! (cheeseburger, French fries, Sprite, and water)?  AP Biology pureed the happy meal and then tested it for proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids.

Business And Math Classes

Education is in the news this week.  Area schools are highlighting teachers and class offerings.  In this first article, posted by Riverdale Academy, the school asked, “Why Riverdale?”

The school said, “Mrs. Jennifer Desselle visited our Business Math class. Mrs. Desselle is a CPA in the area. She showed the students how to fill out a 1040 and spoke to them about different ways to save money when filing taxes.

“Math class meets real life in Mrs. Cason’s Business Math class.  She is helping to prepare our students for real life situations.”

The school booster club did some bragging about new business math class.  We are starting to look at budgets. The students have researched their careers-the benefits, salary, etc.  Also they researched different expenses like taxes, insurance, rent, gas, electricity, cell phone bills, tv plans, internet, groceries, and all the other monthly expenses they will have.  Several looked at different tv plans and which they would choose based on the cost.

Then they grocery shopped on Kroger and Walmart websites to see what the cost is for groceries each month.  They learned a lot about how much things cost. Next, will be looking into health insurance plans. 

English Class Updates

The Journal’s report continues with a look at English classes at Red River High.

Also this week, Red River is posting about the activities in some of their English classes.  In

English 1 the school said, “English 1 is totally engaged and working hard in Dr. Wimberly’s class.  One hundred percentof his students are writing and working on their Narratives.  They are Into week 4 and are already getting ready for Leap 2025.

English 2 is mostly sophomores.  The school said, “English 2 students are taking charge of their own learning.  Mrs. Bennett has these kids discussing, writing, and researching climate change, legalizing drugs, suicide, and immigration.  This group of students is doing what it takes to make Mastery and Advance scores on the Leap 2025 tests. This group of students doing what it takes to make Mastery and Advance on the Leap 2025.”

Debbie Guidry teaches advanced English or English 3.  The school said, “Guidry’s AP (Advanced Placement) English 3 class was working on Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham Jail.  Jasmine Thomas and Markell Henry were working on their annotations, they will be ready in May.”

From these reports it is apparent that new and exciting learning opportunities are being offered in our parish.

Local Student Honored for Academics

Louisiana College athlete Reagan Prosperie of Coushatta is being honored as a member of the Academic All-Conference team.  Prosperie graduated from Riverdale Academy and is a sophomore on the football team.  He is majoring in Criminal Justice.

Here is the news release from LC:

The Wildcats continued to show excellence in the classroom as 46 Louisiana College student-athletes who participated in the fall sports were named Academic All-Conference on Wednesday by the American Southwest Conference.

To be honored as an Academic All-Conference team member, a student-athlete must have be at least a sophomore academic classification, must have been at Louisiana College for two consecutive semesters, and hold a 3.0 GPA or greater when the student-athlete’s sport season concludes. This award covered the fall sports of football, men’s & women’s soccer, volleyball, and men’s & women’s cross country.

Ambulance Tour

Red River 4-H teaches kids about life.  One of those lessons dealt with Emergency Medical Service.

The local 4-H agent posted, “Riverdale 4th through 6th graders had special visitors during their January club meeting. Thank you to Joshua Maxwell, Kaci Higgs, and Randell Bradley from Red River EMS for showing these 4-hers around the ambulance. Thank you to Cannon Breedlove for arranging this visit”

For information about the programs offered by Red River 4-H contact Jacque Fontenot at the parish 4-H office.  Call 318-932-4342.

Seed Survivor Visits Elementary School

The Elementary school arranged for a unique learning opportunity to come to them.  Class by class the students toured the mobile unit to delve into Louisiana Agriculture.  They saw a lot.

The school posted, “The Seed Survivor mobile unit is at RRES this week! This traveling classroom and computer lab, is here from Canada.

“Sponsors for the visit were Nutrien & Farm Bureau. The mobile educational unit visits a different location each year.  In each they teach students more about agriculture in Louisiana through hands on lessons and games.”

Basketball Senior Night at Riverdale

On Monday, February 3rd, the Riverdale Rebels host Union Christian Academy from Farmerville.  The Rebels and Lady Rebels will play the Lions and Lady Lions in a pair of non-district games.

It will also be Senior Night.  Riverdale’s graduating seniors on the basketball teams will be spotlighted. The presentation will begin at 5:45 pm.  The Varsity Girls game will be at 6:00 and the Varsity Boys at 7:00.

Journal Sportscaster Chris Westbrook will provide the play-by-play coverage.  Our broadcast begins a few minutes prior to the activities.  Go to RedRiverParishJournal.com and click on “Listen Rebels” on the menu bar, or click on the link in the text message alert that goes out shortly before the game.

Varsity boys coach Ty Hester commented, “I’d like to ask everyone to come support the Varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams next Monday, the 3rd.

“Both teams have secured a #1 seed in the South A regional tournament by winning our district. Going a combined 19-1 in those district games, both teams will head into the postseason with a lot of momentum but before that, we all have an opportunity to honor our seniors as they play their final game at Riverdale.

“I can’t tell you what each member of my team, including my lone senior Jackson Riggs, mean to me as a coach but I am very proud of what they’ve accomplished up to this point of the season, and they deserve as much support as possible as they lace them up one more time in front of our home crowd. 

“Additionally, both boys’ and girls’ JV teams will be in action this Saturday, the 1st at Prairie View Academy in Bastrop, LA as they will be competing for district championships themselves.

“I can tell you that all of our kids on all of our teams bust their butts day in and day out while balancing their school work to put themselves in the position that they’ve earned to be in. For our kids, I hope to see everyone over the next few days and into the postseason.”

Kick It This Spring

The motto of ODF Sports is “Develop your skills with us!”  Soccer players develop athletically and spiritually in a Christ centered sports environment.

Spring soccer registration for boys and girls ages 5 to 16 is now underway.  The fee is $50 per person.  It includes the uniform and shin guards.  Team equipment is provided.  Players will be assigned to teams for competition based upon the players age.

Registration deadline is February 28th.  Check the ODF Sports Facebook page or call Open Door Fellowship to sign up.