Richard Elementary donated a check for $1,627 to Slemco for Welcome House before the school’s Christmas program on Dec. 22. The proceeds will be used to pay the home’s electric bill, which averages $1,500 per month. The money was raised by donations to the school’s Kindness Tree and by a drawing for the painting by Bailey Lavergne displayed in this picture. Third-grade student Dax Murphy was the lucky winner of the painting. Behind Dax, from left, are, Welcome House representative Stacey Miller, Richard Principal April Briscoe and Slemco representative Mary Laurent. (Photo by LSN Carolyn Hart)
Richard Elementary presented its Christmas program, “Santa’s Holiday Hoedown" on Dec. 22 in the filled to capacity school gym.
But prior to the start of the program, the school presented a check for $1,627 to the Welcome House Shelter, which will cover its electric bill with Slemco for a month. The average bill at the center is $1,500 per month.
The Welcome House Shelter, located on La. 13 struggles each month to pay the bill. The home takes in homeless families and gives them shelter.