Natchitoches’ Les Amies Service Group continued a long standing tradition on Aug. 17 as they held their 10th “Pack the Bus” event to help local school children get a proper start to the school year. Les Amies members set up tents at a local store as well as a schoolbus with a banner advertising the event. The ladies of Les Amies collected supplies such as paper, pens, pencils and other items for children in every grade at each school in Natchitoches parish. In addition to the donated supplies, they collected $1,200 in donations to be used to help even more children start their school year with everything they need to be successful. The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to commend the Les Amies Service Organization for their efforts and to thank the people in our community who generously donated money and supplies.