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Princeton Elementary helps Haughton family

Princeton Elementary School kicked off their dancing shoes for an old fashioned sock hop last week that had students and administrators jumpin’ and jivin’ for a cause.

The school-wide fundraiser was organized to help the Alderman family finish building the home of their dreams. Students hit the dance floor in an assortment of socks – from rainbow and zebra print to neon polka dots, knee socks and ankle socks – to ‘wobble’ their around the school’s gymnasium.

Students paid $1 each to do a group dance with Principal Nancy Doerner, who matched the group’s donation. In just three minutes, the school raised $100 for the Alderman family home.

Robin, whose husband served as pastor of Belle Park Baptist Church in Haughton for more than 20 years, said she is honored that the school chose her family as their service project for the parish-wide “Helping Hearts One Week at a Time” initiative.

“These kids hold a special place in my heart,” she said, adding that she’s driven the same bus route for 16 years now. “Haughton is very special to me and there are no words to express how grateful I am.”

Robin said she and her husband, Bro. Glenn Alderman, had always planned to build their own home. The Alderman House Project was started with urgency, however, after Glenn’s Stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis in December 2012.

The original plan was to have the house complete before he passed away, but God had a different plan. Glenn passed away two months ago and the community is on a mission to give his family the home they can finally call their own.

Princeton’s sock hop was just one way Bossier Schools are giving back this school year through a new parish-wide initiative. “Helping Hearts One Week At A Time” emphasizes community service that not only shows appreciation, but as the first step to making a bigger difference.

School officials say they are aligning the project with the quote, “it’s good to be blessed, but it’s better to be a blessing.” Not only was he active in his faith, Doerner said Bro. Glenn was very active in Haughton area schools, supporting his own children and others alike.

“This family is a big part of Haughton,” Doerner said. “They are always helping us so it’s time for us to help her.”

The Alderman House Project is currently at a standstill until funds are raised to complete the next phase of construction. Community members are relying on upcoming fundraisers to keep the home, which will be filled with Glenn’s memory and legacy, on track to completion.

Project updates and information on upcoming fundraisers can be found on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BuildTheAldermansAHouse) and on the project website (www.aldermanhouse.com). Donations can also be sent to Belle Park Baptist Church (Attn: Alderman House Fund), 13061 Hwy 157, Haughton, LA 71037.

For more information on how to help, call (318) 455-0174 or e-mail HelpBuild@AldermanHouse.com

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