Lowery Elementary Principal and Teachers Deliver Care Packages to Students

Ascension Parish Public Schools
Lowery Elementary Principal Dawn Love (second from left), teachers and staff delivered backpacks, books and treats to students over the Thanksgiving break. Pictured from left: Nafes Furnan, Principal Dawn Love, Sandi Bourque, Assistant Principal Karen Daigle, Virgie Barbier, Alexis Perry and Melody Lockwood.

     DONALDSONVILLE – Students received a surprise visit on Tuesday by Lowery Elementary Principal Dawn Love and a small group teachers and staff.  They drove through various neighborhoods delivering over 50 backpacks filled with books and handing out cookies, treats and hugs.

     "Now four months into the school year, many of our students have broken backpacks and have not been able to replace them.  By removing barriers to learning, this is one less thing for our students to worry about.  We want to provide the tools they need to focus on being kids and learning," Love said.

     As they drove through the local neighborhoods, kids and parents alike were excited to pick out new backpacks and were thankful for the books and treats.

     "Ascension Public Schools has a longstanding commitment to serving its students.  I applaud Lowery Elementary for going above and beyond to improve students inside and outside the classroom," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol.

     These deliveries were funded by a Believe and Succeed Grant recently awarded to Lowery Elementary by the Louisiana Department of Education.  According to Love, the grant will be used to provide "wrap around" services including extra tutoring, summer school, and parent outreach to remove barriers to learning for disadvantaged students.