Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New River Parish columnist Lori Lyons in New Orleans, La. Monday, April 20, 2015.

The St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services will offer free lunch this summer at several local schools for children and disabled students.

Lunch will be served Monday through Thursday each week between June 1 and July 9, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at St. Rose Elementary School, 230 Pirate Drive, St. Rose; Luling Elementary School, 904 Sugarhouse Road, Luling; and E.J. Landry Alternative School, 108 Tiger Circle, Hahnville.

To qualify, children must either be younger than 18 or disabled and attending a state accredited school. No fee or registration is required. Bus pickups will be available.

For a complete listing of pickup locations, visit the news section at, select Community Services in the Department dropdown menu and click the link for the free summer lunch announcement to access a PDF list.

The Summer Food Service Program, now in its 25th year, was created by the U.S. Department of Education to ensure children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer. Partners on this project include the St. Charles Parish public school system and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

For information, call the St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services at (985) 764-7944.

St. Charles Torch Run

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Friday.

The run will begin at 9:15 a.m. at River Road and Ormond Boulevard. It will travel north on Ormond to Airline Highway, travel west on Airline to Good Hope Street in Norco, travel south on Good Hope Street to River Road, then travel north on Apple Street to Fifth Street. It will turn on Fifth Street to Spruce Street and end at the K.C. Hall.

Anyone wishing to make a donation may call Susie Gauthier, with the Sheriff’s Office, at (985) 783-1355.

TIPS for Success

St. Charles Catholic High School is offering TIPS for Success, a one-week program for students who will be entering the eighth or ninth grade at SCC. Taught by English teacher Peggy Bordelon, this course gives strategies students need to succeed in high school: managing time, taking notes effectively, using study time wisely, taking various types of tests and writing an effective paragraph.

The cost is $120. A nonrefundable deposit of $60 is due by Friday, May 29. Final payment is due the first day of the class.

There are two classes to choose from: June 8-11 or June 15-18. Both sessions are from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday.

For information, contact the school at (985) 652-3809 or email

Tennis, anyone?

Hahnville High School will hold a tennis camp June 1-5 to provide instruction in fundamental individual skills, and singles and doubles tactics and strategies. Third- through fifth-graders (Purple Group) will attend from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sixth- through eighth-graders (Gold Group) will attend from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

All campers will receive a camp T-shirt. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Campers must provide their own racket. The cost is $60.

For a registration form, visit

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