Pine Belt Head Start Director Conchita Malone-Doyle at WHS

On Friday, April 23rd, the Weston High School Kindergarten class enjoyed a fun filled and educational program led by Pine Belt Head Start Director, Conchita Malone-Doyle. The event was highlighted by the children dressing up in their desired occupations when they become adults. 

“Today was a very good day,” said Malone. “One of my former Head Start students desires to be a Physician and I got to be her first house call.”

Malone, who is the Executive Director at the Pine Belt Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency and has been with the non-profit organization since 1989 went on to relay the importance of encouraging children to work hard, maintain integrity and never give up on their dreams. 

“Children need to know that all things are possible to those who believe.”

Arrest Report

Malcom Cagnoletti III (Lake Providence, LA) – Felony Theft
Roberts E. Starky III (Dodson, LA) – Winn Parish warrants, Improper lane usage, expired vehicle license, Operating a vehicle without an inspection certification , possession of drug paraphernalia
Marcus K . Walker (Jonesboro, LA) – Improper usage, Possession of schedule I and II drug
Marcus R. Livingston – (Simsboro, LA) – Possession of Schedule I drug
Dana Sebastian (Ringgold, LA) – Possession of Schedule drug, improper lane usage
Lucas Thomas (Jonesboro, LA) – Battery of an athletic official, Disturbing the peace, Resisting an officer x2, Possession of schedule III drug
Michael Bland (Quitman, LA) – Simple criminal damage to property, Unauthorized entry of an inhab ted dwellimg)
Revere St. John (Friendswood, TX) – Possession of Marijuana, Possession of drug papahernalia 
Louis K. Martin (Improper lane change, DUS, Possession of schedule II drug, switched license plate
Kaitlyn McCormick (Jonesboro, LA) – Malfeasance in offi3.  

JPRD Summer League baseball/softball schedule

Monday, April 26th
Meme’s Minis vs Mitchell Pharmacy – Age 3&4 – 6:00pm- TBall 1 Field
State Farm vs Jonesboro St. Bank – Age 3&4 – 6:00pm – TBall 2 Field
Mercy Medical vs Jonesboro St. Bank – Age 9&10 boys – 6:00pm – Field 2
Klassy Kleen vs M&M Handy Foods – Age 9&10 girls – 6:00pm – Field 3
Cap Roofing vs Hodge Bank – Age 11&13 girls – 6:00pm – Field 4

Sign Design vs Champion Trophies – Age 3&4 – 7:00pm – TBall 1 Field
Dodson Enterprises vs Mitchell’s Pharmacy – Age 3&4 – 7:00pm – TBall 2 Field
Traina’s Bakery vs Jonesboro Glass – Age 9&10 boys – 7:00pm – Field 2
Todd’s Bailbonds vs M&M Handy Foods – Age 9&10 girls – 7:00pm – Field 3
Listle Real Estate vs Barksdale Credit Union – Age 11&13 girls – 7:45pm – Field 4

Tuesday, April 27th
Pardue Builders vs Johnny’s Pizza – Age 5&6 – 6:00pm – TBall 1 Field
Ables Farms vs Family Pharmacy – Age 7&8 boys – 6:00pm – Field 2
Bucketboat vs Leach Lawn Services – Age 7&8 girls – 6:00pm – Field 3
Academy Mortgage vs M&M Hand Foods – Age 11&13 boys – 6:00pm – Field 1

Affordable Autos vs J & L Works – Age 5&6 – 7:00pm – TBall 1 Field
Kohler Krew vs LA Family Med Clinic – Age 7&8 boys – 7:00pm – Field 2
Ruffled Feathers vs Rise & Grind – Age 7&8 girls – 7:00pm – Field 3
Elite Roofing vs Southern Kustoms – Age 11&13 boys – 7:30pm – Field 1


Angler’s Perspective – How Dumb Are Ya? by: Steve Graf

There are a few things that really set me off when it comes to angler/boater incidents both on and off the water. Things that make you ask the question “How dumb are Ya?” Today I’m going to give you a few examples of what I mean and hopefully you won’t fall into one of these categories. Some of these situations I’ve heard about from other anglers but most I’ve witnessed personally. If you’re wondering if I’m being judgmental, the answer is yes!

I’m so tired of seeing people do stupid stuff especially at the boat ramp. If you’re an angler or a boater, listen up!  Please do me and everyone else a favor! DON’T BLOCK THE BOAT RAMP! Load your boat with all your gear before you back down the ramp. This happens all the time where an angler or pleasure boater waits to unhook his tie down straps, remove the motor mate, put in the plug, load the ice chest, fix a sandwich and place their rods in the boat. Oh, and I forgot to mention, that after they’ve done all these other things and get in the boat to back it off the trailer, they forgot to unhook the front. Do ALL this before you back down the ramp and launching your boat will only take a minute or two versus ten minutes. Please stop doing this! Do ALL your prep work before you get on the ramp!

This next category I call “cutters.” These are bass anglers who like to cut off or cut in front of another angler on the water. A prime example that I’ve experienced in my last two trips to Toledo Bend occurred when I was fishing a main lake point about thirty yards off the bank when another angler came around the same point that I’m obviously fishing. As I make another cast towards the point, I notice that instead of going around me, this anger decides to go between me and the bank and is literally twenty feet from my boat! The first problem I had with this idiot, is that he never even acknowledged that I was there. The second problem was the fact he actually trolled directly over my fishing line and still never acknowledged my presence. Needless to say, after I shouted a few expletives questioning this man’s intelligence, I just could not believe what I had witnessed. After a case of water rage, I literally wanted to physically hurt this man! I wished I had videoed this incident so I could post it on Facebook on what not to do when fishing a point that another angler is also fishing. Again, this has happened to me my last two trips to Toledo Bend. I just don’t understand what people are thinking!

This next incident took place on Sam Rayburn in March while fishing the ABA Solo Top 150 Tour event. Now you have to understand that anglers who fish this tournament trail, do so without co-anglers or partners. This is not a team bass tournament, so anglers have to launch their boats by themselves. This means as you back your boat off the trailer, you need a place to park it so you can pull your trailer off the ramp and park it in the parking lot. The problem was, as the first 10 or 15 anglers launched their boats, they decided it was a smart idea to park along the bank and alongside the boat dock This made it impossible for the other 65 anglers to find a place to park their boats so other anglers could launch as well. Just like the “cutters” at Toledo Bend, I could not pass up the opportunity to inform this group of anglers of just how dumb they are. I mean it’s just common sense that everyone cannot park next to the boat ramp while other anglers are trying to launch their boats. Again, “How dumb are Ya?”

I hope today that you’ve learned a few things about what NOT to do at a boat ramp and on the water. With so many anglers and pleasure boaters on the water today, it’s important that everyone be conscious of what they are doing and how their actions might affect other boaters. I feel like it should be required that anyone operating a boat of any size be required to take a boating safety course and that the unwritten rules of etiquette be taught as part of this course. Until next time, if you hear someone chewing out another angler or boater on any body of water, it’s probably just me trying to educate a few people. Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Area track teams to compete in regionals Tuesday, April 27th

With Jonesboro-Hodge winnings their district track meet and the Lady Tigers and Quitman girls coming in second a large contingent of local athletes will be representing Jackson Parish in the Class B and Class 2A regional meets that will be held on Tuesday, April 27th. 

The Class 2A meet that will see 27 boy and girl thinclads from Jonesboro-Hodge, including district 1-2A champions in 18 events, takes place at Red River High School in Coushatta at 12:00pm. The Class B meet will be run in Castor beginning at 1:00pm with Quitman sending four, district 2B champions and 28 competitors and Weston taking five district champs and ten athletes. 

2020-21 Individual District Champions

Jonesboro-HodgeQuitman HighWeston High
Savantez Phillips – 110H (17.50) James Pabaya – 300H (51.14)Lakerria Austin – 300M (55.55)
Devontae Mozee – 300H (44.34) Faith Odom – 1600M (6:40.81)Jalexia Claridy – Discus (96′ 7.50″)
Datre’vien Bowie – High Jump (6’6″) Hunter Folks – Pole Vault (8’00”)Jalexia Claridy – Shot Put (30′ 7″)
Justin Calahan – Long Jump (20’4.5″) Clara Womack – Pole Vault (6’06”)Mallory Tolar – Javelin (109’5″)
Datre’vien Bowie – Triple Jump (44’7.75″)Landon Roberts – 800M (2:22.91)
Chase Bryant – Shot Put (42’9.5″)
Zymea Hoggro – 100M (13.460
Laila Johnson – 200M (27.20)
Yahzmynne Andrews -100H (21.66)
A’Jorriana Hoggro – 300H (58.46)
Xabrianna Jackson – High Jump (4’10”)
Zymea Hoggro – Long Jump (18’3″)
Xabrianna Jackson – Triple Jump (33′ 11.5″)
4 x 200M relay (boys) – 1:34.27
4 x 400M relay (boys) – 3:45.27
4 x 100M relay (girls) – 52.79
4 x 200M relay (girls) – 1:52.92

Police Jury Committee Meetings set for Monday

The Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ) Policy and Personnel, Project and Operations Committee’s will meet this Monday, April 26th at the JPPJ Administration Building, located at 160 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro. The Policy and Personnel Committee will meet first at 11:30am at the Nathaniel Zeno Jr. Meeting room followed by the Project Committee at 4:30pm and the Operations Committee at 4:45pm. Agenda items for each are shown below. 

Policy & Personnel Committee: (Regina Rowe – Chairperson, Todd Culpepper, Lynn Treadway)

(1) Discuss and recommend guidelines for board recognition
(2) Discuss and recommend strategies for operational effectiveness
(3) Discuss and recommend policy for the Sunshine Room
(4) Discuss and recommend modified duty policy
(5) Discuss and recommend action of Groundwater Protection Ordinance

Project Committee: (Lewis Chatham – Chairman; Todd Culpepper, Amy Magee)

(1) Discuss and recommend partnership opportunity with Jackson Parish Library
(2) Discuss and recommend action on office space for Robert Moore
(3) Update on Hospital Drainage Project
(4) – Review designs for Police Jury seal. 

Operations Committee: (Amy Magee -Chairperson,; Lewis Chatham; John McCarty

(1) Quarterly status update of traffic counter project – Road Department
(2) Discuss Road Department concerns and requests
(3) Notice: Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office assistance request
(4) Discuss Admin & Maintenance Department concerns and requests
(5) Discuss and recommend action on speed bumps at model bin sites
(6) Discuss and recommend action from results of tax election
(7) Discuss Solid Waste Department concerns and requests 

Anderson, Melton named 1st team All-District in 1-2A softball

Zoie Anderson and Amber Melton represented Jonesboro-Hodge on the district 1-2A All-District first team as reported by JHHS head coach Tracy Taylor. Kaylee Etheridge, Kyla Hayes, Madison Page, A’Briana Paggett and Ja’Kaja Philips earned honorable mention.

Lakeside takes two from Tigers
Jonesboro-Hodge fell 20-5 and 7-0 to Lakeside that left the Tigers winless at the conclusion of district 1-2A play and end the regular season with a 4-15 record. In the first contest Lakeside (15-15, 5-4) took advantage of 8 errors and 9 walks that resulted in runs being scored in every inning. A Xavier Atkins double and Chandler Harvey’s triple were two of the eight hits racked up by J-H. Marcus Thompson had 2 RBI with Dominick Strickland and Nathan Vines plating one each. In the second game Logan Smith, and Strickland had singles and Drew Davis slapped a double for all the offensive production the Tigers could muster as they were blanked for the seventh time this season.


Maxwell, Naron named to composite LHSAA Academic All-State in Softball

Lauren Maxwell of Weston and Jada Naron from Quitman High School are two of only six softball players in Class B to be named to the composite Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) 2020-21 All-Academic Girls Softball Team. The pair earned the honor after compiling a perfect 4.0 GPA over the course of the year. 

Also being named Academic All State in their respective classes is Jakaja Phillips of Jonesboro-Hodge in Class 2A and both Madison Coody and Macie Hall from Weston. Phillips had a 3.6078 GPA while Coody and Hall compiled a 3.6604 and 3.6793 GPA respectively. Araya Coleman of Quitman was also named to the Class B team in tennis by virtue of her 3.8823 GPA.

Zoning change made by Jonesboro Board of Aldermen

A zoning change in regard to the property at 705 Leon Drive dominated discussion at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Jonesboro Board of Aldermen held on Tuesday, April 13th. Also the date of May 11th, 2021 was set for five separate Public Hearings regarding the General Budget, Water and Sewer Revenues and Expenditures, Sewer Rates and the Louisiana Rural Water Association.

Additional actions taken was the termination of Michael Figueroa as a part time dispatcher to the Jonesboro Police Department and the hiring of Mathew Nash to the position. The council also agreed to override Mayor Leslie Thompson’s veto to hire Sketea Walker as a part time Deputy and give Patricia Cowans signature authority. Fire Chief Brandon Brown gave an update on Operation Clean-up regarding a list of roughly 40 abandoned houses and buildings that are scheduled to burned.

In regard to the request by James Bradford to have the property on 705 Leon Drive changed back from commercial to residential zoning, attorney Teresa Culpepper-Carroll addressed the council of Devin Flowers, Robbie Siadek, Pete Stringer, James Ginn and Nia Evans-Johnsonon Bradford’s behalf. 

“After reviewing all public records requested prior to the meeting pertaining to 705 Leon Drive, I don’t see any proof that the action taken by the town to enter into a settlement and change the zoning back to commercial from the actions taken in 2016 has been properly changed,” said Carroll. 

Attorney Carroll the asked the board members to rescind the action taken in 2019 that changed the property to commercial zoning and go back to the original residential zoning that took place in 2016 because the rezoning was not done properly in 2019. After a request by the council to the Jonesboro City Clerk to provide documentation to the 2016 actions was met with the inability to provide such documents, Councilman Robbie Siadek made a motion to rescind the action of changing the zoning of the property to commercial from residential.

Mayor Thompson then stated that the motion was out of order. When asked his opinion, City Attorney Douglas Stokes stated he requested the recommendation from the zoning board for the zoning change and one was not provided. Therefore in his opinion the change was not done properly which led Mayor Thompson to declare that this had now become a legal matter. 

Saidek then reiterated the motion he had set forth to reverse back from commercial  to residential zoning for 705 Leon Drive and to rescind all licenses and refund the people their money spent for licensing. Again Attorney Stoke was asked his opinio

“You are reversing the settlement the council entered into, so you are going to get sued again,” said Stokes.

The motion was then voted on with Johnson, Ginn, Stringer and Siadek voting yes and Flowers voting no resulting in 705 Leon Drive now being a residential property once again. For entire minutes of meeting click here:

Waters slam helps Weston “Chase a Win” against Quitman

In the final district 2B contest of the season between the two Jackson Parish rivals Weston beat Quitman 5-3 to draw into a tie with the Wolverines for second place. The victory lifted the Wolves to an 11-7 overall record while Quitman fell to 17-11 on the year.

Weston High got only three hits against Quitman pitching this past Thursday but one will forever be remembered. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning after Ty Simonelli and Ian Tilley had scored to break a scoreless tie, the Wolves responded with Cooper Delaney walking and Kaden Shirley, who was the complete game winner on the mound, slapping a single. Braden Theriot then coaxed a walk to load the bases setting up a grounder to short by Tait Culpepper that plated Delaney. Bryce Zehr then hit a grounder to third that ended up with Shirley getting thrown out at the plate bringing up Caleb Waters.Chase a Win 2

Waters worked the count to three balls and two strikes and then delivered the most dramatic moment in Jackson Parish sports this year when he lofted a drive to left center that cleared the fence and the bases giving Weston a 5-2 lead that stood up despite a 6th inning rally attempt by the Wolverines.

What made the victory all the more sweeter was that prior to the contest, the administration of Weston High had dubbed the contest “Chase a Win” in memory of their former head coach Chase Frasier, who tragically lost his life last year in an auto accident. While the grand slam was an incredibly huge event in the game, what made the moment so special and dramatic was that as Waters rounded second base he pointed to the heavens signifying honor to his former coach. After the contest another touching moment occurred when as the team was joyously celebrating the victory, Lillie Frasier, the young daughter of the fallen coach joined the team on the field and every player and coach alike paid homage to her.


Sulphur Bound! QHS earns trip to Class B state tourney

A few weeks back after Quitman had beaten the top ranked team in Class 3A, head coach Justin Dodson reminded his team that although the win was a big one, they hadn’t accomplished anything yet. They have now!
With the ten inning, 7-3 victory over Converse in the Class B quarterfinals the Lady Wolverines have reached their goal of making the state tournament in Sulphur for the first time since 2015. Now the incredibly youthful and talented Lady Wolverines have just one goal left which is to bring the state title home.

In order to do that #5 Quitman must get past #9 Anacoco, who advanced by upsetting top ranked Forest by a 7-2 score. The contest will be played on Thursday at 3pm on field 15 at Frasch Park. The winner of that contest will play the winner between #2 Holden and #3 Florien on May 1st at 3:00 pm on field 17 for the Class B title.

There were several heroes in the exhilarating extra inning victory but none bigger than Maddie Kaye Brymer. The “big bopper” who had six home runs in the first 15 games of the season but had gone 18 straight without a round tripper and had seen her batting average dip from .600 to .451 found her stroke once again in the perfect setting. Brymer torched Converse pitching to the tune of four hits in five at bats that included a double and a home run that led to three RBI.

QHS earns trip to Class B 2021 2It wasn’t just a display the found again display of power that was impressive but the clutch time in which she delivered as well. It was her double in the top of the fourth that plated Maggie Guyotte to give Quitman a 1-0 lead. Then in the top of the sixth after Converse had taken a 2-1 advantage Brymer struck again by lifting a shot over the centerfield fence that scored Guyotte again to give the Lady Wolverines a 3-2 advantage. Still again in the top of the deciding tenth inning, Brymer came up big when she stroked a single to right center to score Madison Chaplin who had led off the inning with a walk to stake Quitman to the first of the four runs in the frame.

Guyotte, who all season has played well beyond her 7th grade status, also came up big with a four of five effort and three runs scored. This included her final tally in the 10th after she singled to put runners on first and second with no outs that was a catalyst in setting up the big inning.

Finally, there was the herculean effort by 8th grader Cali Deal, who struck out ten in the complete game victory that saw her hold the powerful Converse offense to just six hits over the ten innings. Adding to the awe of the 156 pitches thrown, 102 were for strikes as she improved her record to 15-5 on the year. Deal also helped her own cause by stroking a double in the tenth that scored Guyotte and Brymer and gave Quitman a commanding three run advantage and her second and third RBI of the game.

Jada Naron, the lone senior on the youthful squad plated Deal with the final run with her second hit of the game continuing her playoff effectiveness with her second consecutive, two hit game in as many postseason outings. Madeline Vail also added a pair of hits and Marley Bell chipped in with a single.


Jackson Parish voters emphatically say NO to Sales Tax increase proposal

The public has spoken and the residents of Jackson Parish have overwhelmingly stated that they do not want an increase in the Sales Tax. With 31 of 31 precincts reporting of the 1567 votes cast, which represented a paltry 15.7% turnout, 1173 voted against the tax increase compared to only 394 in favor of adding one percent to the 9.45% sales tax rate currently in effect. Early voting statistics mirrored the opinion as well as 369 voted against compared to 142 voting for the proposal.

Final results of 1% increase of Sales Tax in Jackson Parish
1,173 – Against
394 – For
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1,567 – Votes cast


Shall the Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), be authorized to levy and collect and adopt an ordinance providing for such levy and collection, a tax of one percent (1%) (the “Tax”) (an estimated $1,850,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption, of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the Parish, all as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years from July 1, 2021, with the proceeds of the Tax (after paying the reasonable and necessary expenses of collecting and administering the Tax), to be dedicated and used for the purpose of waste management, jail and courthouse expansion, road construction and maintenance, and to pay any debt service requirements on bonds issued for such purpose, or any part thereof?


Sales Tax Referendum election day this Saturday, April 24th

Polls will open on Saturday, April 24th for Jackson Parish voters to choose whether or not they want to increase the existing sales tax rate of 9.45 by one percent. The proposed increase is being brought forth by the Jackson Parish Police Jury to help offset large operating expenses of the Solid Waste Department.  

The proposition reads as follows: 

Shall the Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), be authorized to levy and collect and adopt an ordinance providing for such levy and collection, a tax of one percent (1%) (the “Tax”) (an estimated $1,850,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption, of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the Parish, all as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years from July 1, 2021, with the proceeds of the Tax (after paying the reasonable and necessary expenses of collecting and administering the Tax), to be dedicated and used for the purpose of waste management, jail and courthouse expansion, road construction and maintenance, and to pay any debt service requirements on bonds issued for such purpose, or any part thereof?

“Lexi’s Closet ” at Weston High featured in KNOE-TV8 documentary on April 16th

This past Friday, KNOE-TV8 ran a heart warming and touching tribute to Lexi Wise and the efforts that Weston High School has done in memory of the 10-year-old who tragically was killed in an ATV accident in 2019. Below is a reprint of the article. 

If you drive down Louisiana Highway 4, you’ll eventually come across Weston High School. A high school with pride and strength like no other. From the outside, Weston High looks like any other high school but on the inside…the teachers, students, and parents fill the halls with love. Lexi Wise passed away on November 8, 2019. Lexi and her friend got into an accident while riding ATV’s after school. She was only 10-years-old.

“She was really kind and always cared, and always cared about others. More about others than herself,” said Abram Toms, a classmate of Lexi Wise.

Lexi’s mom Pam Wise said there was always something special about her.

“We just always said that there was something just so special about her because she was, she was so caring, and that is what stands out the most,” said, Pam Wise. “It’s astounding sometimes how thoughtful she was of others more so than herself, for Christmas she wrote on her list one time she hoped Jesus had a good birthday,” said Lexi Wise’s dad, Toby Wise.

Lexi Wise passed away on November 8, 2019. Lexi and her friend got into an accident while riding ATV’s after school. She was only 10-years-old.

“I was in shock. I mean we had just, she went to a friend’s house, I mean it was her best friend…it was just a freak accident,” said Pam.

A tragedy no parent should have to go through quickly became Toby and Pam Wise’s reality.

“It’s been hard and honestly, I believe God’s just given me strength,” said Pam Wise.

Her parents said she was the most energetic and compassionate 10-year-old.

“Very thoughtful, always happy…” said Toby Wise. “That’s what most people said after she passed, they just remember the kindness, and that was the resounding theme that kept coming back, was just how kind she was.” 

But most of all, Lexi loved to help others.

“She would come home and say, “Oh mom, this one kid is making fun of this other kid, and I always told her ‘Lexi you treat people the way you want to be treated and that’s the way she was. I mean she always, if she had snacks she wanted to share, she didn’t grab one, she grabbed three or four,” said Pam Wise.

During last Christmas break, Lexi’s mom Pam had an idea to create a closet filled with supplies for the less fortunate students as a way to honor Lexi and what she loved to do most, give back.

“I feel like God just laid it on the heart… it just came to me. Me and my mom were talking, and we were like, you know, we should start something to help kids because that’s what she enjoyed doing,” said Pam Wise.

Pam mentioned the idea to Weston High School’s art teacher, Cyndi Beaubouef who had some of Lexi’s older siblings in class years ago.

“She’s such a caring person. Full of energy and loves kids. She was the perfect person to help get it off the ground. And she was so excited because when I first mentioned it I didn’t really know if it was a possibility and her face just lit up and she was like, I love it,” said Pam Wise.

Beaubouef wanted to surprise Lexi’s parents with a closet full of love so she rounded up some of Lexi’s classmates and got to work.

“It was crammed packed with every discard from the school from floor to ceiling and my high school students cleaned it out. They purged it, swept it, cloroxed it, and disinfected it, and then when they got it completely done they worked with Lexi’s friends in the sixth grade to paint it her favorite color but they worked tirelessly, they never told me no,” said Beaubouef.

Lexi’s closet is a place where any student can go to get supplies they may need, like toiletries, backpacks, clothes, and shoes. Supplies for the closet are bought with money Lexi’s friends raise during bake sales and are also donated from people in the community. Recently, students raised $2,500.

“Me and my friends decided that she was so kind we wanted to raise money for the closet,” said Toms.

Beaubouef and her students, like Abram Toms, worked hard to bring Lexi’s closet to life.

“This is something she would’ve loved to be a part of,” said Toms. “It’s giving to people who are in need, and she loved to do that.” 

The spirit of giving is so much, they have already outgrown the closet space. Beaubouef said soon they will be expanding and may even need their own building.

“I’ve talked to principals throughout the parish and told them what we were doing, so we’re ready to meet their needs too,” said Beaubouef.

Beaubouef said the last few years have been difficult for the Weston High staff and students but the forming of Lexi’s closet has helped bring some peace to their community by honoring Lexi’s memory.

“These kids have known more than most adults have, but they’re still smiling they’re still giving and they’re here every day ready to work hard,” said Beaubouef. “I just feel like we feel her every day. When the sun is beautiful, I feel like the days we help the most kids, the sun is the brightest.” 

Lexi’s spirit shines brightly throughout the halls of Weston High School. If you want to lend a helping hand, you can drop off your donations at Weston High School.