Some students in St. Landry Parish have exactly what they need for school, thanks to donations from the Sheriff’s Office Community Glue Initiative.
The group teamed up with State Sen. Gerald Boudreaux to provide school supplies to children whose parents are in jail.
The Thin Blue Line motorcycle club is made up of sheriff’s deputies. On Wednesday, the group responded to a different type of call. The call was one to fulfill a need.
About a hundred students throughout the parish received school supplies. Little Ell’asia Mouton was one of the students.
It’s been a rough 5 months for her mother Ella Dupre. Her three children have been without their father, since he’s been incarcerated. Dupre says the donations are making all the difference.
“It wants to bring tears to my eyes,” Dupre said about the donations. “They’re showing me someone really cares besides my family members.”
Community Glue was created several years ago. This year organizers wanted to provide backpacks filled with the essential school supplies to provide each child with the tools that they need to succeed in the classroom.
“We know the effects of having a bread winner incarcerated,” Megan Broussard with the Sheriff’s Department said. “That affects a household so we want to be able to help anyway that we can. I think we really did that, this year.”
By delivering the supplies, the deputies are hoping this will also help build better relationships within the community. As for little Ell’asia, she’ll be ready to go to school with all she needs.
“I can do my homework,” she said.
The deputies mission to also bond with the community is already happening through the young girl.
“I want to go take a ride,” Ell’asia said watching the deputies drive away. “Because I’d like to be a police.”
Her mother added, “She can call them whenever she needs help. She knows they’re good people.”