ST. FRANCISVILLE — Recently, Adam Theriot and his friend Thomas Temple decided to put together a band and invited Theriot’s neighbor, Luke Perdue, to join them. More Plantation Oaks neighborhood youth joined in, and the group decided to have a concert, inviting the entire neighborhood and as many family and friends as they could.
The boys wanted the concert to have a purpose, so they chose to donate concert proceeds in honor of Perdue’s friend, Reid Kiger, from Prairieville, who has been treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Think Live Aid put on by the Peanuts gang.
The boys charged $2 for general admission, $10 for VIP access to meet the band members and $20 for anyone who wanted to dance onstage.
They decided to offer free food to anyone who attended and told their parents about the plan.
The concert was held Aug. 23 on the front porch of Theriot’s house with about 25 family members in attendance on the lawn. The crowd clapped their approval after each song, which was written by all band members and sung by Temple.
Reid, a first-grader at Parkview Baptist, and his parents, Amy and Lance, drove up from Prairieville for the concert.
The band played six songs, and afterward, the audience was treated to a potluck dinner and various treats, including homemade pralines from Theriot’s grandmother, Judy Prados, who drove in from New Iberia. Later, a dance-off was held in the Theriots’ living room.
In all, the youths raised more than $210, which they plan to send to St. Jude.
“Adam met Reid only once, but they decided the concert would be dedicated to him and any money raised would go to St. Jude’s in his honor,” said Adam’s mom, Melissa Theriot. “I can’t help but believe what they learned through the Leader in Me program at school had something to do with how they took initiative to do this themselves.”
Leader in Me is an innovative program implemented at Bains Lower Elementary and Bains Elementary schools designed to teach life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
“It was their idea for everything, and I think it’s so amazing that these young kids wanted to do something like this and give the money to St. Jude,” Prados said. “It was such a mature thing for these young children to do.”
Reid was treated for a sarcoma behind his left eye. He received chemotherapy and radiation as part of his treatment, which he finished in December.
“We’re very grateful they decided to do this; it was a real treat for them to include him,” said Reid’s mother, Amy Kiger.
No word on when the band will host an encore performance.