St. Martin

Feb 25, 2013 3:03 PM

Breaux Bridge Primary cuts ribbon for new gym

Breaux Bridge Primary has a new addition to its campus located on 1020 E. Bridge Street, a newly constructed brick facility to host assemblies for students, staff development sessions, and school related events and activities. The students' very first assembly in their new gym was held on Wednesday, February 20th, at 1:15 p.m., (Breaux Bridge Primary, 1020 E. Bridge Street.) The assembly began with a ribbon cutting at 1:15 p.m., followed by a presentation and kick-off assembly at 1:30 p.m. The presentation was given by Julie Capdeville, a representative of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Pennies for Patients School and Youth Coordinator.

Teacher, Misty Castille, and fellow co-workers at Breaux Bridge Primary decided to start the Pennies for Patients Program in honor of Principal Pennye Huval's mother, Patsy Martin, who has undergone numerous treatments for stage four acute leukemia in 2009. Mrs. Martin is currently in remission.

LLS is the largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. An estimated 912,938 people in the U.S. have blood cancer or are in remission. Since LLS's founding in 1949, it has invested more than $600 million in leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and myelodysplastic syndromes research.

The Pennies for Patients Program is part of LLS's School and Youth Program designed to help teachers implement service learning and character education in their curriculum for a great cause. Each student is given a coin box to dispense their spare change in for three weeks in either the month of October, February, or March. The students then give their teachers the change to put in a collective fund to be turned into LLS. Students can see their efforts making a difference by being connected with patients battling blood cancer.

For more information about blood cancer and what you can do to help, visit or

Ribbon cutting photo: Pictured from left to right:

1. Nikki Hollier
2. Kara Meaux
3. Lottie Beebe
4. Rob Hollier
5. Jimmy Blanchard
6. Olan Granger
7. Pennye Huval
8. Patsy Martin
9. Ron Leblanc
10. Melanie Taylor
11. Julie Capdeville
12. Misty Castille
13. Lydia Capdepon

Pennies for Patients photo: Pennies for Patients Presentation Julie Capdeville, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients School and Youth Program Coordinator and students from Breaux Bridge Primary during the kickoff assembly on Wednesday, February 20th.


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