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Lemonade Day-- Empowering Today’s Youth to Become Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs

Lemonade Day is a fun, experiential program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their very own business - a lemonade stand. Each year, in participating cities, youth have the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship by setting up their business during their city's community-wide Lemonade Day. 

Sponsored by Bank of Ruston

Lincoln Parish Student of the Year

(Left to Right) Melissa Le, A.E. Phillips Laboratory, 5th Grade Student, Joanna Ham, Ruston High School, 12th Grade Student, and Rosie Shultz, Ruston Junior High School, 8th Grade Student.



Students - Teachers - Principals

of the Year

Lincoln Parish

You Be the Chemist




2019 You Be the Chemist Winners

(left to right) Kade Waterman, Choudrant High School, 4th Runner-Up; Kassandra Peterson, Ruston Junior High School, 3rd Runner-Up; Rosie Shultz, Ruston Junior High School, 2nd Runner-Up; Abigail Frazier, Choudrant Elementary School, 1st Runner-Up; Joshua Thorson, Ruston Junior High School, Ruston Junior High School, Champion.  Joshua, Abigail, and Rosie will represent Lincoln Parish in the Louisiana State You Be the Chemist Challenge held at LSU April 13.  


Backpacks for Kids

Weekly backpacks of nutritious food that go home with specific students to help meet their needs over the weekend.



Weekly reading initiative focused on 3rd grade students reading on grade level, with the ultimate goal of improving graduation rates, with community volunteers reading weekly with students to help improve literacy skills.

Dollars and $ense Reality Fair

Interactive financial education simulation during which high school students actively learn how to make better financial decisions and gain knowledge of budgeting, saving, and banking.


Born Learning Trail

Community program in Greenwood Park that provides 10 stations of educational materials and products that make it simple and easy for parents, grandparents, informal caregivers and professional child care providers to understand child development and use “everyday moments” to help children start school ready to succeed.

Civic Engagement Institue