There was not a parking space to be had anywhere near the Provencal school as a capacity crowd filled the school’s gym for the Panther’s open house Thursday, Aug. 9. The young men and women of Provencal’s Cub Scout Pack 20 kicked off the night’s events with a flag presentation. Principal Mary Yount introduced her faculty and spoke about the upcoming year. The Panther community also welcomed students from the former Cloutierville school. This year’s student body is over 500 strong.
There is no reason for student learning and growth to stop with the final bell. Students will have sports such as baseball, softball, football and basketball as well as cheerleading from which to choose. Provencal also boasts a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Association chapter and 4-H club. In addition to those traditional activities, the schools has instituted a “club day” in which students can explore a range of interests one day each month.
Provencal is also instituting a music program under Bandmaster Andrew Benjamin, a 2014 NSU graduate. Unfortunately, he is starting almost entirely from scratch as the school has but a few instruments for the students. Let’s help this dynamic young teacher start something good! If you have a musical instrument that needs a new home, please call principal Yount at 318-472-6174 ext. 400.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes the young men and women of Provencal Elementary and Junior High every success in the upcoming year. We look forward to seeing the results of your hard work. Helping students find and develop new skills may open up a new world to them and is part and parcel of the educational process. The new band and club day concept is a superb idea!