Ready for school
Nearly 250 people, students and their parents, turned out last Friday evening for the NAUW - Crowley Branch’s annual Back to School Readiness Seminar and Backpack with School Supplies Giveaway.
The event, now in its fifth year, took on an added meaning as students are preparing to go back to school in the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The seminar and giveaway was held at 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center.
The event was presided over by Dr. Ezora Proctor, with Rev. Matthew Kelso providing an invocation and Cheryl Shelvin-Lewis greeting the crowd.
This year’s speaker was Bishop James W. Proctor, Acadia Parish School Board member, who gave a presentation on “2020 Year School Matters.”
Among other things, Bishop Proctor discussed what parents and students should expect, what is expected of parents and students and safety measures to be taken at home and at school. He also distributed a “Parents Make the Difference” newsletter.
Tips for a successful school year were given by various public officials and the NAUW - Crowley Branch’s “Partners in Education” that sponsored the event.
Following the blessing of school students and staff by Kelso, backpacks filled with supplies were given to 200 students.
Refreshments were also served to all in attendance.