Principal Dawn Love, of Lowery Elementary School in Donaldsonville, and a small group teachers and staff delivered surprise visits to students on Nov. 24.

The group drove through various neighborhoods to deliver more than 50 backpacks filled with books along with cookies, treats and hugs.

“Now four months into the school year, many of our students have broken backpacks and have not been able to replace them. By removing barriers to learning, this is one less thing for our students to worry about. We want to provide the tools they need to focus on being kids and learning,” Love said.

The deliveries were funded by a Believe and Succeed Grant recently awarded to Lowery Elementary by the Louisiana Department of Education. Love said the grant will be used to provide “wrap around” services including extra tutoring, summer school and parent outreach to remove barriers to learning for disadvantaged students.

“Ascension Public Schools has a long-standing commitment to serving its students. I applaud Lowery Elementary for going above and beyond to improve students inside and outside the classroom,” said Patrice Pujol, Ascension Public Schools superintendent.

For information about the Believe and Succeed grant program, visit