EBR School Board Recognizes LSU Community Bound and Awards Achievement Medals
BATON ROUGE – On Thursday, Oct. 20, the East Baton Rouge School Board recognized the LSU Community Bound program for its significant impact on the school system and the community.
Community Bound seeks to engage first-year students in the community during their first weekend on campus as students. More than 500 students, faculty and staff spent Saturday, Aug. 20, helping to paint the interiors of six local schools.
School Board President Barbara Freiberg shared the history of Community Bound and how it has impacted the East Baton Rouge school system throughout the years. Chris Trahan, director of communications and community engagement for the East Baton Rouge School Board, spoke about the service that was provided to the schools.
Mary Leighanna Clark, Volunteer LSU special events coordinator; Claudia Valbuena, Volunteer LSU graduate assistant; and Josh Dean, Volunteer LSU advisor, represented the Community Bound planning committee at the East Baton Rouge School Board meeting.
"Not only does the East Baton Rouge school system prosper from the Community Bound alliance, but the Community Bound LSU participants do as well," Clark said.
Many of the participants have followed up their Community Bound service by going on to become Reading Buddies, Big Buddies, or math tutors at the schools.
The event concluded when Aramark Vice President Terrance Ransfer presented the Community Bound Planning Committee with East Baton Rouge School Board achievement medals for their outstanding service.
Community Bound is a collaboration among LSU Campus Life’s Volunteer LSU, the Honors College, Career Services, Greek Life, Campus Federal Credit Union, First Year Experience, and the African American Cultural Center.
For more information on Volunteer LSU, visit http://www.lsu.edu/departments/volunteerlsu/index.html.
Photo Caption: (from left to right) Mary Leighanna Clark, Volunteer LSU special events coordinator; Claudia Valbuena, Volunteer LSU graduate assistant; and Josh Dean, Volunteer LSU advisor