With Gratitude and Appreciation

The Donaldsonville Elementary School was very appreciative to the local Wal-Mart #485 and Oatis Janitorial Service for their generous donation of gifts for all of the 511 students. Every student on the campus received a gift. The students had the opportunity to choose their own gift that was placed around the Christmas tree.

It was such a delight to see the expressions on their faces as they searched for that special gift.

DES 1 - L to R: Zina Anderson, manage at Wal-Mart #485, Fracesca Oatis, Rev. Andre Oatis, Sr., owner of Oatis Janitorial Service, Dr. Tennille Lange, Assistant Principal and Mary McMahan, principal at DES.

DES - Students hold up their gifts.

A Hearty Welcome

The River Road African American Museum welcomed its museum assistant, Charcie Robins. The museum will now be open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Appointments can be scheduled for any other day if necessary.

Robins said she is very excited and looks forward to welcoming all visitors.

Levee Walk officially opens

If you’re looking for an easy mile walk, an up close look at the river, and a bench to just sit and meditate, then you will and must visit the Levee Walk as it’s officially opened to the public.

A monument with the names of the donors will be placed at the starting marker of the mile long walking trail. There are benches to sit and take a break if needed. You will have to take a walk to see to whom the benches are dedicated to. It will touch your hearts.

Special thanks to Elray Kocke and Sheriff Jeff Wiley with the Ascension Parish Sheriff Office for their part in providing the benches, as well as the other donors also. Mayor Leroy Sullivan, Lafourche Basin Levee District Executive Director Randy Trosclair and levee board member Jeffery Henry, Steven Bourg, GSA Consulting Engineers Resident Project Representative and Mark Maher, GSA Project Manager, who did the final inspection and approval for the opening.

Officials ask that you please do not have motorized vehicles on the asphalt walking trail. This is just one of many projects to come to Donaldsonville that will enhance our city and be beneficial to its citizens.

It’s Cold Outside

Baby, it’s cold outside - this maybe a beautiful tune to hear, but for the many homeless people it is not the one they want to sing or hear.

The weather has certainly turned cold and it is not the kind of element you want to be in all day and night. Now more than ever is the time they need your help for covering.

The Emmanuel Ministries are collecting blankets, suitcases, duffle bags, totes, personal hygiene products, and any other items you may wish to donate.

The products can be dropped off at 10144 Tribbit St., St. James. The Rev. Welma Jackson is coordinating the project and would like to thank everyone in advance for your support whatever it may be. You may also contact The Rev. Jackson (225) 788-0399 to pick up your donations.