Parkway Helps Hearts at Barksdale
Each day the men and women at Barksdale Air Force Base do what it takes to protect our freedoms. That is why the Parkway Panthers decided to be the ones taking care of the airmen and their families.
As part of Bossier Schools’ district-wide community service initiative, “Helping Hearts: The Power of We,” Parkway spent two weeks finding ways to pay it forward to military members.
Students and administrators began on a Saturday morning putting in several hours of manual labor. They scrubbed a 1950s British Vulcan at Barksdale Global Power Museum, while others participated in a Foreign Object Debris walk-through. That is a fancy way of saying they picked up trash around the base. The rest of the student and faculty volunteers worked inside the museum, cleaning display cases and dusting exhibits.
Parkway’s efforts then broadened to include the entire student body. ROTC took the lead, encouraging each class to bring a specific canned good or non-perishable shelf item for the Airmen’s Attic, a food pantry for airmen with a rank of E-4 and below.
More than 2,200 boxes of Jello, bottles of ketchup, cans of corn and rolls of toilet tissue were collected among the items. At a ceremony September 19, Principal Dr. Nichole Bourgeois and Lt. Col. Dave Hadden made the donation to Stephanie Markin, Director of the Airmen’s Attic.
When asked why the school chose to reach out to Barksdale, Dr. Bourgeois replied, “For two reasons. One, to support our kids. We have a large population of military dependents that attend Parkway and we want to support those families. And two, we are neighbors to Barksdale Air Force Base and we want to show our appreciation for those that defend our freedom.”
Even though they were the ones giving, ROTC Cadet Col. Matt Pourteau, a senior at Parkway, said he received something much greater in return.
“To give back to those that defend our country and even though I am a student, to know I have the ability to give back.”
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