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Congratulations to First Baptist Church and Newks Eatery for being recognized as Distinguished Partner in Education awardees during the 2019 Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.


"Keep Encouraging Youth to Succeed"


  • 2High Trampoline Park Honor Roll Project

  • 2High Trampoline Park Student of the Month Program

  • Argent Financial Honor Roll Program

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program

  • Blue Bell Creameries Accelerated Reading Support Initiative

  • Calvary Baptist Church Backpack Program

  • Century Next Bank Backpack Program

  • Dairy Queen Honor Roll Program

  • Douglas United Methodist Church School Support Project

  • First Baptist Church-Ruston Backpack Program

  • First Baptist Church-Ruston School Support Project

  • First Guaranty Bank Student of the Month Program

  • First Guaranty Bank Teacher of the Month Program

  • Goodwill Lunching School Book Fest Project

  • Impact Healthcare Reading Support Project

  • Liberty Christian Center West Weekly Prayer at the Pole Project

  • Lincoln Rotary Backpack Program

  • Lincoln Health Foundation Backpack Program

  • Lions Club of Simsboro Backpack Program

  • Louisiana Tech University Family and Child Studies Bulldog Book Club

  • Louisiana Tech University Kinesiology Elementary/Early Grades Fitness and Movement Initiative

  • Louisiana Tech University SciTEC STEM Support

  • LSU AgCenter School Garden Project

  • Mount Zion No. 2 Baptist Church Student Support Program

  • Origin Bank Backpack Program

  • Peregrine Corporation Teacher of the Month Program

  • Quota Club Backpack Program

  • Ruston Kiwanis Club Backpack Program

  • Ruston Kiwanis Club Terrific Kids Program

  • Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Adopt-A-School Program

  • Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lincoln Program

  • Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce S.A.I.L. Program

  • Ruston Rotary Club Student of the Month Program

  • Saint David Missionary Baptist Church Backpack Program

  • Sunrise Kiwanis Early Grades Reading Program

  • Super 1 Foods Backpack Program

  • Teach 1 To Lead 1 Mentoring Program

  • Temple Baptist Church All Pro Dad Project

  • Temple Baptist Church Backpack Program

  • Temple Baptist Church Prayer Partner Project

  • Temple Baptist Church Tutoring Program

  • The Enterprise Center AC/DC Art Project

  • Trinity United Methodist Church Backpack Program

  • Trinity United Methodist Church Teacher Morale Project

  • United Way of Northeast Louisiana Backpack Program

  • United Way of Northeast Louisiana READ.LEARN.SUCCEED Initiative

Honored with Volunteer of the Year awards at the annual Community Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon were (left to right) Elaine Caston, nominated by Ruston Junior High School; Reshon Ford, nominated by Cypress Springs Elementary School; Courtney Wallace, nominated by I. A. Lewis School; Jo Tatum, nominated by Ruston Elementary School; and Linda Wallace, nominated by Glen View Elementary School.  Other nominees included Jennifer Ham, Ruston High School and state finalist for Volunteer of the Year; Jeremy Jones, Choudrant High School; Robyn St. Andre, Hillcrest Elementary School; Sandi Stephens, Choudrant Elementary School; Casey Walsworth, Choudrant Elementary School; and Paige Williams, Simsboro School. 

Honored as KEYS Champions for initiating and sustaining ongoing programs or projects to “Keep Encouraging Youth to Succeed” during the 2018-19 year.