Students at the Bossier LightHouse, who participated in the summer program, received school supplies and uniforms last week during a special Back to School picnic sponsored by Capital One Bank.
Capital One Bank associates throughout Northwest Louisiana spent the last few weeks shopping for the children and provided 25 children with the supplies from their school’s list, including new uniforms. Associates donated time and money to purchase the supplies and uniforms for the upcoming school year. Capital One Bank presented a check to Volunteers of America for $10,000 to benefit the Volunteers of America LightHouse programs in Bossier and Caddo parishes.
“At Capital One Bank, we’re committed to investing in educational opportunities for youth throughout North Louisiana, and our bank associates are excited to help local students prepare for a successful, productive school year,” said Chris Haskew, North Louisiana Market President for Capital One Bank. “Our support of the Bossier LightHouse and the Volunteers of America North Louisiana is one of the many ways Capital One Bank is investing in programs to benefit the future leaders of our communities.”
Capital One Bank called Volunteers of America North Louisiana and said they wanted to do something for the kids and asked what they could do.
“We saw results from kids that graduated from the program,” Haskew said. “We saw a young lady go through the program, go to college, make great grades and graduate with a difficult curriculum, and now she owns a home and is about to get married.”
He said he saw the tangible results and was convinced that LightHouse was a deserving program that produces positive results.
“We have a 10-year relationship with Volunteers of America, but when we saw the LightHouse program a couple years ago and saw the results, we decided we needed to become more involved with that program.”
The LightHouse after-school program has seven sites and has served more than 600 students total in the 2011-2012 school year. Academics are a first priority in the program, followed by character and enrichment activities. For the recent school year, 100 percent of students remained in school, 94 percent were promoted to the next grade and 99 percent avoided teen pregnancy and the juvenile justice system.
Diane Libro, communications director of Volunteers of America North Louisiana, said they work with kids from the time they are in kindergarten until the time they graduate from high school.
“After they graduate, many do stay in touch with us,” she said. “We also have kids that have graduated from the program, who come back to volunteer, and give back.”
Libro said she is appreciative of Capital One Bank for donating their time and money and sponsoring the Back to School picnic at the Bossier LightHouse.
“Academics are a No. 1 priority,” she said. “Our goal is to raise these kids out of poverty, and in order to do that, they need an education.”