Schools win cash awards for food drive participation

Natchitoches Magnet School collected 2,352 pounds of nonperishable foods.

The results of the 2021 KALB-TV Christmas Cheer Food Drive are complete, and 161,933 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected from Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides and Vernon parish schools according to Jayne Wright-Velez, executive director of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Sponsored by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and KALB-TV, 61 local schools participated.

This article published in the Feb. 10, 2022, print edition

The total amount collected in Avoyelles parish was 41,325 pounds, 15,861 pounds in Grant parish, 8,739 pounds in Natchitoches parish, 65,611 pounds in Rapides parish and 30,397 pounds in Vernon parish.  
The following schools led their parish in donations: 
Provencal Elementary School collected 1,753 pounds of food for the Christmas Cheer Food Drive. At right is principal Jennifer Martin.
•Natchitoches – Provencal Elementary School (1,753 pounds), Natchitoches Magnet School (2,352 pounds) and Natchitoches Central High School (1,224 pounds).
Natchitoches Central High School collected 1,224 pounds of food. At right is Principal Micah Coleman. Photos courtesy of KALB-TV Christmas Cheer Food Drive.

•Avoyelles – Lafargue Elementary (6,828 pounds) and Bunkie High School (13,458 pounds)
•Grant – South Grant Elementary School (5,089 pounds), Grant Junior High (1,022 pounds) and Georgetown High School (2,936 pounds)
•Rapides – Phoenix Magnet Elementary School (12,289 pounds), Pineville Junior High (6,109 pounds) and Pineville High School (5,593 pounds).  Phoenix Magnet Elementary School also took home the top prize for donating the most pounds per student, 32.42.
•Vernon – Rosepine Elementary School (6,595 pounds), Vernon Middle School (1,665 pounds) and Rosepine High School (6,334 pounds). 
A total $8,000 in prize money from the Tunica Biloxi Indians was distributed to these schools for their outstanding efforts to help the Food Bank of Central Louisiana and the communities they serve.
“The people across Central Louisiana are grateful for the record amount of donations collected by local schools to help our community for yet another year,” said Marshall Ray Sampson Sr., General Manager of Paragon Casino Resort. “We are honored to work with local partners such as the Food Bank of Central Louisiana in these endeavors, especially when they benefit the community in such a positive way.”