Teen’s efforts benefit elementary students _lowres

Photo provided by Beth Dawson -- Centreville Academy student Emily Robillard, center, of Jackson, presented nearly $400 to Jackson Elementary School Principal Megan Phillips, left, and Assistant Principal Jonathan Loveall at the Aug. 4 East Feliciana Parish School Board meeting. Robillard raised the funds over the summer to donate to Jackson students for school supplies.

Centreville Academy student Emily Robillard, of Jackson, wanted to do something for the students in her community, so she held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser over the summer, donating the proceeds to Jackson Elementary School.

The 10th-grader enlisted the help of her parents, Sammy Robillard, who donated all the food for the meal, and Catina Robillard, who cooked the pasta.

Also, the teen helps out occasionally at the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department and asked Assistant Fire Chief Cheryl Scott to cook the meat sauce.

Word soon spread of the Robillard’s efforts, and Jackson Mayor Charles Coleman and Sandy Smith, of Jackson Town Hall, agreed to bake cakes for her fundraising efforts.

Robillard sold the dinners and cakes for $5 each, raising a total of $375. At the Aug. 4 East Feliciana Parish School Board meeting, she presented Jackson Elementary Principal Megan Phillips and Assistant Principal Jonathan Loveall with the proceeds, which will be used to purchase needed student school supplies.

“I wanted to help Jackson Elementary students because no child should ever feel left out because they don’t have something other kids have,” said Robillard. “All I wanted to do was help out those who needed help and make sure all the students had the same opportunity to learn. I love our community and everyone in it.”

Robillard says she’s proud of herself for raising the money in only five days.

“I can’t wait to go to the school and meet all the wonderful children who I helped,” she said.

Phillips asked Robillard if she’d be willing to hold another fundraiser next school year.

“I can’t wait to do it all over again,” the teen said.