The Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce is once again supporting area schools with its Partners in Education program. This is the third year the Chamber has spearheaded this program.


All the public schools and two private schools in the parish have been “adopted” by local businesses.

All sponsors have pledged a minimum $500 in gifts, cash or time over the school year. Business representatives will be meeting with the school principals to learn how they can help.

Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce President Anne Causey said the Chamber is proud to sponsor the Partners in Education program and proud of the businesses who have stepped up to be a sponsor.

“The program is not only beneficial for Vernon Parish students and teachers, but the community as well,” she said. “It fosters a better sense of understanding of the community's school system, strengthens and improves school programs and curricula, and creates a sense of personal involvement and interaction between organizations and schools. The program is a win-win for everyone.”

Fort Polk Progress Chairman Michael Reese agreed.

“We’re proud that our region, including our business leaders, supports our schools,” Reese said. “It’s because of these kinds of efforts in our community that our Education Initiative is so successful.”

The Education Initiative is an effort by the Vernon Parish School District aimed at ensuring all children in Vernon Parish schools receive a top-notch education. Vernon Parish Schools have seen demonstrable gains in academic achievement, including raising the grade given from the Louisiana Department of Education from a “B” to an “A.” The parish is now one of the top-ranked school systems in the state, ranking in the top ten for the last three years. The Initiative was also the recipient of the 2014 Partnership of Excellence Award from the Military Child Education Coalition.

The list of schools and their sponsors are as follows:

Anacoco Elementary -- The Village of Anacoco; UDB Financial —Joey Bolinger & John Lenahan

Anacoco High  -- Brandon Veterinary Clinic

East Leesville Elementary -- Sabine State Bank

Evans High --  Cryer’s Sports

Hicks High -- Bloomer’s Florist;  David Haymon, State Farm Agent

Hornbeck High -- Fairway Mortgage; Town of Hornbeck

Leesville High -- Barksdale Federal Credit Union; City of Leesville

Leesville Junior High -- Alford Motors; Barksdale Federal Credit Union; East  Leesville Baptist Church

Parkway Elementary -- American Moving and Storage; Barksdale Federal Credit Union

Pickering Elementary -- GEICO Local office

Pickering High -- Doctors Hospital at Deer Creek

Pitkin High --  Beauregard Electric

North Polk Elementary -- Outpatient Medical Center

Rosepine Elementary -- Soileau Specialty Meats; City Savings Bank

Rosepine High -- CLECO

Simpson High -- Cooley & Thornton Accounting

Vernon Middle -- Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, West LA; Physical Therapy Services

West Leesville Elementary -- Thrifty Way Pharmacy

Vernon Parish Special Olympics Program -- Leesville Lions Club

Private Schools in Vernon Parish

Faith Training Christian --  Byrd Regional Hospital

First Assembly Christian Academy -- Vernon Community Action Council