First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge has been a church partner of Buchanan Elementary for over 30 years. Their church members volunteer as readers working directly with the students. Teacher encouragers adopt a staff member sending notes, gifts, and support all school year. Volunteers also support the school with teacher luncheons, give the annual Fifth Grade Luncheon, provide school supplies and give other supports to the varied needs of the school. We are so grateful for their ongoing dedication to the school.
Thank you to our church partner, First Presbyterian Church, for providing lunch to our staff on Friday, October 16th. It was a needed treat. Even more special were the cards written by various church members with individual messages and well wishes for each staff member. FPC seems to know just what we need and is always on time!
Our old south Baton Rouge neighbor, Neely United Methodist Church, dedicates their time to working directly with our students. Serval members mentor our students meeting with them regularly at the school. Also, the men's group leads our 4th and 5th grade boys in meetings that teach various etiquette rules and valuable life-lessons. We appreciate the time they take with our students.
Levar Robinson, the founder and president of F.O.A.M. (Father's On A Mission) is hands-on in his belief of the importance a father is in the life of a child. He is a mentor to our students here at the school and leads our Donuts with Dads session. His organization serves to support and uplift fathers and families through workshops, activities, and educating the community. We admire Mr. Robinson's vision and dedication.
Staying true to the mission of LSU's Community & University Partnerships, director Brandon Smith leads our Literacy Lagniappe program to support literacy in our school. Literacy Lagniappe supports our Accelerated Reading program by providing incentives and prizes all year long to students based on achieving their reading goals. The culminating event each year is the big prize give-away. We see the difference Mr. Smith's program makes in reading achievement and love how excited the students are for reading!
Whether it be education majors needing field experience, volunteers helping with Fall Fest or even the dean of LSU's School of Education, Dr. Roland Mitchell, reading to students in his finest Dr. Suess hat....LSU's College of Human Sciences and Education is a part of our school family. Dr. Mitchell and Mrs. Renee' Boutte Meyer maintain an active presence in our school which is valuable since future educators come directly from their department!
VIPS (Volunteers In Public Schools) coordinates volunteers and various means of support to our school each year. Their volunteers have served as 1st Day of School greeters, Reading Buddies throughout the year, and they celebrate all volunteers that work with our school with an end of year awards ceremony. We benefit from how well they train and engage volunteers in our community.