Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Courtney Jackson, a junior at Haughton High School, checks off an item from the list of goods that will be used to create a home for a couple transitioning out of homelessness.

Today, Bossier Schools partnered with the United Way of Northwest Louisiana for one of the largest volunteer events of its kind in the Bossier Parish.

More than 300 students, employees and parents served their community by participating in volunteer projects. The one-day, community-wide volunteer event included working at food pantries, cleaning kennels at animal shelters, sorting clothing for volunteer agencies, writing letters and delivering treats to first responders, nursing home residents and cadets in the Youth Challenge program.

Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Kayla Lynch, an eighth grader at Benton Middle School, packs a box of donated kitchen items at the Renesting Project, Inc. in Bossier City. The items will be used to create a home for a local couple who is transitioning out of homelessness.
Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Kayla Lynch, an eighth grader at Benton Middle School, packs a box of donated kitchen items at the Renesting Project, Inc. in Bossier City. The items will be used to create a home for a local couple who is transitioning out of homelessness.

Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen and President and CEO of United Way of Northwest Louisiana Bruce Willson visited several of the work sites to lend a helping hand.

“A Day of Service goes hand in hand with Helping Hearts: The Power of We, our district-wide community service initiative now in its third year,” said Superintendent Machen. “At Bossier Schools, we are blessed in many ways and want to be a blessing to others. This is one way we can show it and demonstrate to our young people the importance of serving others and making the community in which they live a better place.”

Willson added, “It is truly amazing to see so many individuals from Bossier Schools who are willing to help their neighbor, roll up their sleeves, lend a hand, and do the things that are necessary to make sure this area and the people who call it home are safe and strong.”

Photos by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Students from Haughton High School and Benton Middle School worked with the Renesting Project, Inc. in Bossier City, sorting and packing refurbished furniture and home goods that will be used to create a home for a couple transitioning out of homelessness within the community.