Between the MLK Community Center summer program, brainstorming ways to support families of deployed Soldiers, and developing new entertainment events for the summer, Leesville has community on the brain.

Between the MLK Community Center summer program, brainstorming ways to support families of deployed Soldiers, and developing new entertainment events for the summer, Leesville has community on the brain. 

The city is very much in need of volunteers for the MLK Community Center's 21st year of the K-6 "Go for Gold" Summer Enrichment and Recreational Program. They have no volunteers yet, but the program already began on Monday.

Every day the children have a light breakfast and hearty lunch. They participate in enrichment activities in various subjects, and arts and crafts projects. Every day there are organized sports activities such as kickball, basketball and volleyball. The kids play board games both for learning and fun, and go on field trips to go swimming, fishing, or visit a museum, for example.

Donations of arts and crafts supplies, workbooks, books, or snacks, and juices are also needed.

Any organizations that are interested in providing activities are welcomed. 

The program runs through July 28, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

If you are interested in helping out, call LeRoy Stokes or Tanya Johnson at 337-238-3271, email Tanya.johnson@leesvillela.gov, or city hall at frontdesk@leesvillela.gov.

Grant Bush, Leesville Community Development/Planning, is looking to get some more annual events, like MayFest, into the tradition of the city.

He is spear-heading a Friday night, outdoor, summer series featuring live music and food trucks. "The fire ants will need to be taken care of by Public Works first. They will definitely be a problem," said Mayor Rick Allen.

Councilman Chris Robertson thanked Bush for his efforts with the downtown projects and planning. "It will be nice to have something different to do on a Friday night," he said.

More information on this will be announced as it becomes available.

The City of Leesville and the Mayor's Women's Commission are reaching out to local businesses, churches, and civic organizations. They hope to band together to provide opportunities for deployed soldiers' families, such as movie nights, trips, sporting activities, and much more.

Residents can also adopt-a-family, which may include check-in calls, coffee, meals, and get-togethers. The suggestion is that there would be approximately five of these encounters with the "adopted family" per deployment period.

Donna Jones, of the Mayor's Women's Commission, said these events do not just have to be in Leesville. They can extend throughout Vernon Parish or even state-wide.

Any business, church, or civic organization interested in taking on some of these activities should get in touch and submit ideas by June 21.

For additional information or to submit ideas, contact Olivia McKee at 337-208-2041, ocm343@yahoo.com; or Donna Jones at 501-701-0433, djinar@aol.com.