By Kevin Shannahan
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 Tuesday, Aug. 6. Principal Mary Yount introduced her faculty and spoke about the upcoming year. This year’s student body is over 500 strong in grades Pre-K through 8.
There is no reason for student learning and fun 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 chapter, Cloverbuds and 4-H club.
Provencal’s music program under Bandmaster Andrew Benjamin, a 2014 NSU graduate, is in its second year. Unfortunately, there is still a shortage of instruments for the students. Let’s help this dynamic young teacher build 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. From academics to sports and band, there are any number of opportunities for the students at Provencal school to learn, grow – and succeed.