(11 Total References)
Black-eyed Pea Festival focuses on family, faith, food and fun
Donald Rushing, pastor of Red River Missionary Baptist Church and founder and organizer of festival
...The festival celebrates Juneteenth, according to founder and organizer Donald Rushing, pastor of Red River Missionary Baptist Church.
The event included rides and games for children, as well as several gospel musicians' performances and arts and crafts for parents, Rushing
went to Texas to get ideas for the local festival, now in its fourth year, he
Some included a water slide and a "Space Walk" inflatable room for children.
"These kids don't have the money to go to amusement parks like Six Flags or Water Town, so we bring it to them here," he
Hays joined roughly 500 people who attended the festival Saturday, and another 300 Friday, Rushing
The service was May 21 at 3 p.m. at the chapel of St. Stephens Funeral Home with Rev. Don Rushing, pastor of Forest Avenue Baptist Church, officiating.
The Times : Today's Headlines
Butler Elementary Principal Don Rushing and staff members started preparing students right after the board made a final decision.
"It's been a rumor for years because of the enrollments," Rushing
watched the student count shrink from 300 to 148, in part because of riverboat casino development in formerly residential neighborhoods. He
believes improved student achievement at both schools helped the School Board opt to merge rather than close both schools. Butler Elementary's
school performance score rose by 20.6 points in the first school accountability cycle between 1999 and 2001.Bossier Elementary's scores rose by 19.1 points in the same period.Butler gained another 8.5 points and Bossier Elementary another 8 points between 2001 and 2002.
Both were named Path to Excellence schools by the nonprofit Alliance for Education, an award that recognizes improved student performance.The state Department of Education
also rewarded both schools with cash for their academic growth.
Improved academics aside, Rushing
sees a more practical reason for the merger: close ties between the campuses.
(Elementary) is feeding brothers and sisters to this school," Rushing
said."We might as well have one big school, one big PTO, instead of dividing students among other schools."
"Back in 1969 and 1970, we didn't get a chance to say how we felt about our school," Rushing
said."One of my goals is to have a museum to house the history of schools during the old times."
"We had great services and overall, ...
"We had great services and overall, it was a tremendous uplift," said Don Rushing, the current pastor of Forest Avenue Baptist.
The Times : Today's Headlines
"Parents should take their children to the library to keep the interest of reading alive," said Butler Elementary Principal Don Rushing.Rushing will also take time during his vacation to help his own eighth-grade son prepare for standardized tests he will take in the spring.
...Rushing, who is also the pastor of Red River Baptist Church in Bossier City said he will offer tutoring services at his church during the holiday vacation if he receives enough requests.
"We as pastors also need to do more for our children to keep them out of trouble."
"Our goals are always the same, we want our children to achieve and be successful in learning."