School District contributes $12K to United Way

Published 12:05 am Saturday, December 17, 2016

LAPLACE — The St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District raised $12,304.69 during its United Way Campaign Sept. 19 through Oct. 21.

This money was raised through individuals making one-time contributions or through monthly payroll deductions. Schools also held fundraisers.

The three schools raising the most money were recognized at the Dec. 8 School Board meeting by Superintendent Kevin George and School Board President Keith Jones.

West St. John High School, represented by Principal Claude Hill, raised the most money in the district by collecting $2,112. School-level coordinators were Dawn Cola and Beverly Louis.

LaPlace Elementary School, represented by school-level coordinator Kathy Schafer, came in second with $1,872. The principal is Patty Forsythe and additional school-level coordinator is Stephanie Haniford.

West St. John Elementary School, represented by school-level coordinator Betty Franklin, placed third by raising $933. The principal is Chantell Walker.

St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools increased their total United Way contributions this year by 20 percent.

“The employees of St. John Parish gave very generously during a time in which many of their family members and friends were impacted by the flood in Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish,” District Coordinator Erica Merrick said.

During the meeting, George also recognized United Way Executive Director John Olynick for the United Way’s service to its schools.

Also recognized were district-level United Way coordinators Ida Holmes, Joycelyn Joseph, Monica Jackson and Merrick.