Students bring Christmas to military

2015
Parish Letter to the Front winners: (pictured left to right) Nathan McMillian, Haughton High School; Isabelle Shamblin, Cope Middle School; Madison Jones, WT Lewis Elementary; Christina Broaden, WT Lewis Elementary; Isa Peridan, Apollo Elementary; Isabella Vincent, Legacy Elementary. Not pictured: Carter Priestly, Apollo Elementary.

Letters to the Front contest sees more than 7,000 letters sent to overseas servicemen, servicewomen

Bossier School System students wrote 7,089 motivational Christmas letters, cards, and drawings for troops overseas through the Letters to the Front contest sponsored by the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.

This program encourages students to write motivational letters to our troops overseas that will be delivered just prior to Christmas. The Ark-La-Tex chapter has sponsored this program in Bossier Schools for the past fifteen years and over 70,000,000 letters, cards, and drawings have been delivered to our military personnel serving overseas in remote areas.

Winners of the Letters to the Front Contest were recognized at the Dec. 5 Bossier Parish School Board meeting where they read their winning letters.

Individual winners included Isabella Vincent, 1st grade, Legacy Elementary; Carter Priestly, 2nd grade, Apollo Elementary; Christina Broaden, 3rd grade, WT Lewis Elementary; Isa Peridan, 4th grade, Apollo Elementary; Madison Jones, 5th grade, WT Lewis Elementary; Isabelle Shamblin, Cope Middle School; and Nathan McMillian, Haughton High School.

All winners received an engraved medallion and a small cash award from the Ark-La-Tex Chapter that were presented at the School Board meeting by Superintendent D. C. Machen and Bossier Association of Educators President Rachel Gifford.

The program is conducted as a letter writing contest. Students whose letters are judged the best for their grade parish wide receive a cash award and an engraved medallion. In addition, the are invited to a Bossier School Board meeting to read their winning letters and to receive their awards.