TPSS held a fund raising drive for United Way where students and teachers can dress in jeans and Saints gear for $1. Not only are we, at Roseland Montessori, very excited to collect money for such a great cause, but we are also thrilled to see our administrator's name in black and gold! Mrs. Rhonda Vaccaro was all smiles today as she watched some of the jerseys bear her own last name. We won't spoil her excitement and remind her that the Vaccaro represents the Saints player, Kenny Vaccaro. Pictured is Mrs. Rhonda Vaccaro and Darbi Tolar, PreK student at Roseland Montessori.
Principal Lisa Raiford and Assistant Principal Melanie Johnston of Independence Elementary School took the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit ALS. Teachers were able to donate so that their students had the pleasure of watching. The school raised $300.00 to donate to research for finding a cure for ALS. The Principal of IES challenged all TPSS Principals and Assistant Principals in the school district to raise money for a great cause and GET WET!
Pam Sullivan’s students at Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori School are using using Montessori Long Bead Chain to help learn multiples. The Long Bead Chain is used to practice the order of numbers, to help learn the concept of multiples, skip counting, and the squaring and cubing of numbers and their relationship with each other. Students pictured from Left to right are: Amyriel Scott, Charvanna Williams, Keshaun Daniels, Akeria Varnado
Hammond Westside Montessori School received a special donation from The Garden City Group, Inc. The Garden City Group launched a back to school campaign to collect schools supplies for HWEMS. The group was divided into teams to represent each grade level as follows:
1st: Rudy, Jill, HR
2nd: Rosalyn, Mike, Jessica
3rd: Alexis, Ashley, IT
4th: Jeremy, Greg, Marnie
5th: Brandy, Danny, Management
6th: Chuck, Denise, Facilities
They collected and donated 3,247 items, far surpassing their goal. Congratulations to Team 3 who donated $761.25, contributing 26% to the overall campaign.
The students were excited and appreciative when they received the much needed supplies. Thank you, Garden City Group, Inc.!
Seated from left to right are students: Bode McDaniel, Samuel Bell, Landon Bergeron, Amelia Babin, Ashlen Walker, Trent Higgs, and Jayden Jackson
Standing in the back row: Catherine LeBlanc, Principal, student Caleb Farmer, GCG Ashley Blessing and K.C. Gilbert, student Braden Bellina, GCG Lyndsey Hargrove, Will gray, Bridgette Rodriguez, Sundiata Jackson, and Kisha Brown, and student Andrew Bell.
For the fourth year in a row, Saints Fuel Play 60 was on the campus of Independence Middle Magnet School to get students active for 60 minutes a day! Students went through the same football drills as Saints players. The Saints Junior Training Camp representatives join with IMMS to fight childhood obesity and share the hope that IMMS students will stay active! Taylonne Austin makes a beautiful catch in picture above.
On Saturday September 27, 2014 Ponchatoula High School's FFA students volunteered to help with the ongoing trash problem that is affecting Ponchatoula Creek and the Natalbany River. In just under four hours twelve students along with six chaperones filled up two trailers that were provided by the Tangipahoa Parish full of garbage. The items the FFA found included fourteen tires, two refrigerators, two very large TVs, and over thirty bags of trash.
The movement has been headed by Captain Brandon Hayes and his fiancé, Meghan Giblon, of the United States Coast Guard. In their off time the couple organize cleaning events and regularly visit Ponchatoula Creek and the Natalbany River to clean all of the trash that is continually accumulating on its banks.
"We are just trying to get the word out and get as many people involved as we can. This is a huge problem and it can't keep on being ignored. We are very grateful for all the help we are receiving from the FFA students, so much more can be cleaned up with their help," says Captain Hayes.
"The trash comes from people dumping straight bags of household trash into the creek but most of it comes from throwing trash out of their vehicles or in parking lots. The trash then gets washed into the ditches and then the creeks whenever it rains and all of the trash flows into Ponchatoula Creek. If you have ever driven down Bankston Road off of HWY 190 you can see all the trash that is in the ditch. It is really quite sad," says Giblon.
Ponchatoula FFA member and Senior at Ponchatoula High Johanna Puls says “It felt great to help clean up our water ways! It was shocking to see all the house hold trash and debris in such a beautiful creek. This trip inspired us to keep our waterways beautiful. It was also proves the impact our community members on our local environment.