Bossier LightHouse Benefits from Bossier Rotary Club’s Annual Duck Race
The Rotary Club of Bossier City recently held it’s 6th annual Duck Race at the Bossier City Boardwalk. Although the river is too high to race ducks again this year, individuals still had the chance enter a $10,000 grand prize raffle and support Volunteers of America North Louisiana’s after-school and summer program, the LightHouse.
The LightHouse program in Bossier City has been providing academic and support services to kids on Scott Street for more than 10 years. Thanks to generous community partners and financial support from individuals and organizations like the Bossier Rotary Club, the program will continue to be a beacon of hope for children and families.
Raquel grew up a LightHouse kid. “I started attending the Bossier LightHouse when I was in kindergarten. It was always just me, my mom and the LightHouse.” Living in a low-income neighborhood surrounded by drugs and violence, Raquel was determined to overcome her barriers and not only graduate on time, but also attend college.
“I met so many people in the LightHouse who helped motivate and encourage me. In middle school, I met Sanae through Asbury United Methodist Church. Sanae get me involved in acting. She was basically like a mentor for me.”
Raquel graduated in the top 15 of her senior class at Airline High School in May 2015. She is now entering her Sophomore year at the University of Louisiana Monroe and majoring in psychology. When Raquel thinks about the kids at the LightHouse, she doesn’t want them to give up. “I know those kids think it is so hard right now. I did, but I want them to know where you come from doesn’t define who you are.”
Christopher, 5th grader at Bossier Elementary, currently attends the LightHouse and says his favorite thing about the program is “the staff because they really care and like to have fun.”
Josh Garrett, Program Coordinator at the Bossier LightHouse shares his gratitude, “I cannot say thank you enough to the Bossier Rotary Club for their continued support with the Bossier Lighthouse. Their generosity enables us to serve more and more kids each year like Christopher to provide them a pathway to a better education and brighter future.”
The LightHouse program currently has 6 location sites across Shreveport-Bossier City. In 2015-16 school year, the program served 741 kids and 100% of students stayed in school, avoided the juvenile justice system and teen pregnancy. The LightHouse program is funded in part by grants from the Community Foundation of North Louisiana and United Way of Northwest Louisiana. For more information, visit https://voanorthla.org/lighthouse.