The Optimist Club of Bossier City is once again living up to its organizational motto “A Friend of Youth” after
awarding 10 Bossier Parish teachers/teaching teams with $25,000 to make their classroom projects a reality
for the 2022-23 school year.
This makes the 30th year for the Optimist Club Teacher Grant program, bringing the organization’s investment
in Bossier Schools to $547,000 since its inception.
“The Optimist Club of Bossier City, for decades, has believed that it is paramount to invest in our youth. What
better way to partner with the brightest and most dedicated teachers in the district in ‘Bringing Out the Best in
Youth?’” stated Quincy Gardner, President of the Optimist Club of Bossier City.
Elementary school recipients of this year’s Optimist Club Teacher Grants are: Martha Maxey, Heather Tripp
and Tammy Middleton, from R.V. Kerr and Waller; Marla Rowland, Benton Intermediate; Meredith Starks,
Bellaire; and LeaAnne Nelson, Curtis.
Middle school winners are: Mary Smith, Cope; Kathryn Jividen and Debi Jacobe, Elm Grove; and Jenna
High school recipients are: Melanie Rosier, Airline; Brian Harvey, Parkway; and Katie Chavis, Benton.
“You will not find a better ‘Friend of Youth’ than the Optimists of Bossier City,” Bossier Schools Superintendent
Mitch Downey said. “For 30 years, their support of our teachers and students has been unparalleled and we
are tremendously grateful for the countless ways they have impacted learning.”