10 Bossier Parish teachers receive $25k grant to improve classrooms

The Optimist Club of Bossier City awarded $25,000 grants to ten teachers in Bossier Parish on...
The Optimist Club of Bossier City awarded $25,000 grants to ten teachers in Bossier Parish on Thursday, May 26, 2022.(KSLA)
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 2:40 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - Ten Bossier Parish teachers and teaching teams received $25,000 grants from the Optimist Club of Bossier City on Thursday, May 26.

The money will be put toward making those teachers’ classroom projects a reality for next school year. This is the 30th year the club has put on its teacher grant program.

”We know that we’re going to get some of the brightest ideas with the biggest impact for the district. To know that the Bossier City Optimist Club will touch nearly every student in Bossier’s district is a mind-blowing thought for us,” said Quincy Gardner, president of the Optimist Club of Bossier City.

“For most of us, I’m pretty sure these are hands-on type things, and children learn best with hands-on experiences and this gives them the funding to purchase some of these materials that will help them do this, because otherwise, they wouldn’t have the advantage of having these materials and supplies,” said Meredith Starks, a teacher at Bellaire Elementary School who received one of the grants.


  • Martha Maxey - R.V. Kerr and Waller
  • Heather Tripp - R.V. Kerr and Waller
  • Tammy Middleton - R.V. Kerr and Waller
  • Marla Rowland - Benton Intermediate
  • Meredith Starks - Bellaire
  • LeaAnne Nelson - Curtis


  • Mary Smith - Cope
  • Kathryn Jividen and Debi Jacobe - Elm Grove
  • Jenna Graham - Benton


  • Melanie Rosier - Airline
  • Brian Harvey - Parkway
  • Katie Chavis - Benton

“You will not find a better ‘Friend of Youth’ than the Optimists of Bossier City,” Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey said. “For 30 years, their support of our teachers and students has been unparalleled and we are tremendously grateful for the countless ways they have impacted learning.”

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