Summer program to kickstart for Rapides Parish students

Community and school leaders are teaming up to keep young people in our city active during the summer break.
Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 3:59 PM CDT
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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall held his Community of Address Wednesday morning at Peabody Magnet High School, discussing agendas from recent crime to upcoming entertainment the city will host this year.

He also shared his plan in teaming up with school and community leaders to keep young people across Rapides Parish active during the summer break.

Last month, the city council passed a resolution to give all students in Rapides Parish in grades 4-12 extracurricular activities through Peabody Magnet High School in the summer.

Wednesday, Mayor Jeff Hall, Peabody Magnet High School Principal Dennis Stewart, Superintendent Jeff Powell and other community members showed their support for the program, emphasizing its importance and prominence in the community. Peabody Magnet High School boys basketball coach Charles Smith said a program like this would not be successful without community effort and partnership.

“We want to introduce them to a lot of positives,” said Smith. “We’re going to have people to come in and talk to them about different aspects of life along with the successful side of life. We’re going to do that daily.”

Mayor Jeff Hall added, “It’s a wonderful program. It’s a program that speaks about things for our youth to do. Minimizing the idle time that they have not only in the summer months but the regular months as well.”

Along with counseling services, some of the activities within the program include sports like swimming and basketball.

The City of Alexandria has agreed with the school board to provide transportation in the summer for all students.

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