DHS hosts meet and greet for area businesses

Peter Silas Pasqua
First Baptist Church youth development coordinator Amy Brunner discusses faith with Donaldsonville High School sophomore Kerry Williams during DHS meet and greet for local businesses Monday evening.

Donaldsonville High School hosted a meet and greet for area businesses to introduce themselves to the community Monday evening.

"I think it is an excellent opportunity for the businesses in town to welcome in teachers and let them know what we have to offer," said business owner and Chamber of Commerce member Debbie Peltier.

Peltier, who provides notary work which is required for drop forms, joked, "so I know they are all looking forward to their retirement."

Coordinator Christie Porto said about 25 businesses participated in the event ranging from churches to doctors. 

"They were all anxious to come," Porto said. "We might be setting up some more tables. It is going to be nice."

Porto said the focus was to get teachers and staff member the opportunity to see what is available through local businesses.

DHS sophomore Kerry Williams was busy speaking to First Baptist Church's youth development coordinator Amy Brunner about faith.

"God is important in my life because of a lot of things he blessed me with," Williams said. "School and the football team and all that."

Brunner said the church offers a youth night and tutoring every Wednesday.

"We want to provide somewhere where the kids can go and do something," Brunner said. "We are here for the kids."

Custodian Leroy Caldwell Sr. checked up with Dr. Jay Perniciaro of Total Health Care and Pain Centers. 

"He was my doctor," Caldwell said. "I was one of his first patients. I am doing good now. Every now and then I tighten up but I am fine. Working around here keeps me loose."

Perniciaro said his business is the largest drugless healthcare profession in the world.

"And nobody knows what we do," Perniciaro said. "We can single handedly eliminate most problems that cause headache, neck and back pain. We are a very well kept secret."

Perniciaro said the opportunity to present area business lets citizens know what services are available thus allowing the community to support itself.

"Donaldsonville High School is a very intricate part of the Donaldsonville community," associate principal Marilyn Washington said. "We serve the majority of local students from the community in our school."

Washington said the faculty and staff at DHS includes over 100 individuals making the Ascension Parish School System one of the largest employers in the city of Donaldsonville.

"We are proud to be a part of this community and thank those who continue to support us," Washington said. "Many of our staff is not aware of what's available in our great city. We want to change that."

Washington said many staff do not live in the city but enhance the local economy when they eat or shop in the community.

"We wanted to bring businesses out to show what they have," principal Gwen Boudreaux said. "We tried to contact as many as we could. We had a great turnout. We want to continue to promoting businesses in Donaldsonville. They help us out a lot."

Leroy Caldwell Sr. discusses his past back pain with Dr. Jay Perniciaro.