Natchitoches Central High School’s newly chartered Leo Club collected 2,157 pounds of food in a one-week time period as part of the KALB-TV Christmas Cheer Food Drive. The winners were announced in December and Darrian Pierite, public relations coordinator for the Paragon Casino Resort, presented a check to the club Jan. 24.
The Leo Club was chartered at Natchitoches Central in October. Club President Caremn Waskom and Vice President Raegan Washington were the students who originally asked to charter the club at their school. The club now has 57 members.
Through the Leo Club Program, young people serve as positive agents of change within their communities. These young leaders develop valuable leadership skills, make new friends and have fun. Natchitoches Lion’s Club member Michele Waskom is the Leo Club Sponsor. Paula Callender and Wendy Worsham are the Leo Club’s faculty advisors at NCHS.
The food drive was the club’s second major service project. The first project they did was to collect books for First Lady Jennifer Maggio’s literacy initiative at Northwestern State University.
Five parishes representing 67 local schools participated in the Christmas Cheer Food Drive, which benefitted the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. The schools receive prize money, totaling $8,000, sponsored by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and KALB-TV.
Natchitoches Parish collected a total amount of 9,746 as follows by school:
East Natchitoches Elementary- 1,048 pounds
Cloutierville Elementary and Jr. High- 1,346 pounds
Natchitoches Central High School- 2,157 pounds
Pictured above, from left are Pierite, Callender, NCHS Assistant Principal David Elkins, Michele Waskom, Carmen Waskom, and Washington.