More than 400 St. Amant High School students took part in the GatorAid Day of Service hosted by the school’s FFA club on March 23.
Students volunteers tackled service projects big and small at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Ascension Council on Aging Senior Center, St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, CARA House, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Galvez Middle School, Magnolia Assisted Living, VFW on Churchpoint, Veterans Memorial Park, ARC of East Ascension, Kidz Kove Discovery Park, Azalea Estates, St. Theresa Food Bank and St. Amant High.
FFA members arranged for the sites, transportation, feeding the volunteers and gathered all supplies needed at each site.
FFA President Megan Bordelon and Vice President Katie Costanza spearheaded the project and said that it was one of the most rewarding events they have had the privilege of organizing.
Projects included building handicap-accessible gardens, making Easter treats, updating landscaping, sprucing up Veterans Memorial Park and the VFW hall, cleaning kennels at CARA and animal therapy at assisted living homes, said FFA sponsor Mandy Savoy Delaune.
“I can’t express my gratitude for what these students are doing,” said Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux. “It’s touching that when they thought of projects, that one was this amazing park in the heart of our city. It’s heartwarming to know that the youth in this parish see the importance of having an all-inclusive park, and want to help keep it as beautiful as it can be.”