Bossier Schools prepare for the year with upcoming events

The start of school is less than two weeks away for Bossier Parish students, so they are in high gear getting ready for the 2019-20 year. That means helping bridge the gap for families needing uniforms, asking our community to help us fill the bus with school supplies, parent PREP night and a huge archery celebration to honor our State, National and (hopefully) World champions! 

Below is the list of upcoming events to help Bossier Parish students get ready for the year ahead:

Saturday, July 27 
Uniform Giveaway: Plantation Park Elementary, 2410 Plantation Drive Bossier City, Noon-2:00 p.m. 
Affording school uniforms can be a financial burden for many families, so Northpoint Community Church is stepping in to help. This outstanding community partner will be giving away over 3,000 FREE uniforms and school supplies to the public at the 7th Annual Bossier Back to School Event from noon to 2 p.m. in the Plantation Park Elementary gym. A guardian must be present with each child and a valid photo ID or utility bill showing residency in Bossier Parish will be required to receive uniforms or supplies.

Tuesday, July 30 
Archery Celebration: Benton Middle School Gym, 6140 LA 3 Benton, 5:30 p.m. 
Come help us celebrate our State, National and (fingers crossed) World archery champions! Several Bossier Parish archery teams are competing this weekend in the 2019 NASP Open and Championship Tournaments in Nashville, TN. Bossier Parish teams already hold the State and National Championships and we are hoping to add World Champions to that list! The victory party honoring our teams’ accomplishments will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 in the Benton Middle School gym. Everyone is invited. 

Wednesday, July 31 
Big Bus Debut: Apollo Elementary, 2400 Viking Drive, Bossier City, 10:00 a.m. 
Bossier Schools had a special delivery over the summer; 14 new air-conditioned 77-passenger buses. That brings our fleet of air-conditioned buses to nearly 60-percent, which is a huge testament to the district’s Transportation department and commitment from the Bossier Parish School Board. Superintendent Mitch Downey will take his first ride aboard one of the new buses and he is inviting our media partners to come along. We will depart Apollo Elementary at 10:00 a.m. for a quick ride and to tell you about the bus features and pass along a few reminders for parents before school starts. 

Thursday, August 1 
Princeton PREP Night: Princeton Elementary, 1895 Winfield Rd., Princeton, 5:00-7:00 p.m. 
Princeton Elementary is hosting PREP Night for parents. Patriots Ready for Education at Princeton is a special night set aside to showcase the House that Princeton Built. Families will be able to register, meet their child’s teachers and learn how to best help their student be successful. Numerous community partners will also be on hand and dinner and child care is available. PREP Night is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the school. 

Friday, August 2 
Fill the Bus: Walmart, 2536 Airline Drive, Bossier City, 4:00-7:00 p.m. 
The United Way of Northwest Louisiana is teaming up with Bossier Schools to help us “Fill the Bus.” Employees from Bossier Schools and United Way volunteers will be outside the entrances at Walmart on Airline Drive from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. encouraging shoppers to pick up school supplies to help fill the void for families unable to afford them. This is a huge help to our students, so they are prepared to start school prepared, and for our teachers, so they do not have to reach into their own pockets.