It’s back-to-school time. The time when every child is warned before entering the store not to touch or ask for anything! It’s the dreaded time when parents realize every pair of pants their child wore last year is 4 inches too short. And the shoes you bought in the spring will not survive the beginning of this school year.

Those are the sentiments twin sisters Whitney Arnold and Brittney Locket had while shopping for their children at a store in Harvey.

“I am not happy. I only had to pay $30 last year for Matthew’s kindergarten school supplies. This year, I have a long list since he is going to first grade at McDonogh 26 Elementary School,” Arnold said.

Locket has four children; three will be attending McDonogh 26, also. Locket is not happy shopping for school, either. “School started earlier this year. It don’t seem like you had enough time to prepare,” Locket said.

Locket has already experienced the high-water pants syndrome, where her son’s pants are so short that his ankles are exposed because of his summer growth spurt.

Here are some back-to-school events that may help parents like Arnold and Locket:

Jefferson Cops and Clergy will hold a Back-to-School Extravaganza from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Jefferson Cops and Clergy headquarters, 1425 Walkertown Way, Marrero.

New Salem Church of Christ Holiness will give away school supplies beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the church at 1540 Mansfield Ave., Marrero. Children must be present to receive supplies. Call (504) 340-3613.

Key Homeschool Association will answer questions about homeschooling during a back-to-school meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Harvey Volunteer Fire Department, 639 Maple Ave., Harvey. For information, visit or call Kelly Lepine at (504) 368-4936.

The Rev. Gregory Davis, pastor of New Light Baptist Church, will be the guest revivalist during a back-to-school youth revival at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7 and 8, at Macedonia Baptist Church, 1219 Cohen St., Marrero.

The Renew Woodmere Association will hold a Back-to-School Bash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Woodmere Park and Gym, 4100 Glenmere Drive, Harvey. At least 300 backpacks full of school supplies will be given away. There also will be games, food and fun for the entire community. For information, call Jerry Harrell Jr. at (504) 606-2744.

Westside Missionary Baptist Assoc. President’s Scholarship Banquet

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite will be the guest speaker when the Westside Missionary Baptist Association holds its President’s Scholarship Banquet on Aug. 1 at Mount Pilgrim Multipurpose Christian Center, 1006 Pailet Ave., Harvey. The Rev. J.L. Hampton is president of the association, which comprises more than 30 member churches. For banquet ticket information, call Betty Jackson at (504) 669-2094 or the Rev. Damian Brown at (504) 287-6241.

NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance

Registration will open Aug. 18 for after-school dance classes offered by the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance. Registration will remain open through Sept. 20, or until classes are filled.

Academic year classes begin the week of Sept. 1. This nationally award-winning program provides tuition-free technique classes in ballet, tap, modern, jazz and hip-hop, as well as other styles of dance, for youth between the ages of 6 and 18.

Registration for the Behrman NORDC Center, 2529 Gen. Meyer Avenue, Algiers, will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Youth ballet classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

New principals

New principals at West Bank schools are:

GRETNA NO. 2 ACADEMY FOR ADVANCED STUDIES: Tamara Warner has been employed with the Jefferson Parish Public School System since 2004 and has served as an elementary school teacher and as an assistant principal. Most recently, she served as principal of William Hart Elementary.

MILDRED HARRIS ELEMENTARY: Leigh Ann Chiasson is a 16-year veteran of JPPSS. Her experience started in an elementary classroom, followed by serving as a mentor to new teachers. Most recently, she served as assistant principal of Ella C. Pittman Elementary.

WILLIAM HART ELEMENTARY: Janeen Weston has taught English language arts in Jefferson Parish since 2011. In addition, she participated in the 2013-14 Jefferson Parish Leadership Pipeline Program.

JOHNSON/GRETNA PARK ELEMENTARY: Nancia Sterling began her career as an elementary school teacher and comes to JPPSS with an extensive background in school administration.

HAROLD KELLER ELEMENTARY: Barbara Hogdson is a graduate of JPPSS and has experience in elementary education and advancing the achievement of diverse student populations. She participated in the 2013-14 Jefferson Parish Leadership Pipeline Program.

TRUMAN MIDDLE: Tracy Marvin Guillory comes to JPPSS with extensive educational experience as an educator and leader. He started his career as a middle school teacher and continued as a human resources administrator before becoming a principal.

WOODLAND WEST: Emily Miller, a 14-year veteran of JPPSS, has taught science at the middle and high school levels. In 2005, she achieved National Board Certification in early adolescence sciences.

Jefferson’s first day of school is Aug. 8 for first through 12th grades and Aug. 13 for prekindergarten and kindergarten.

Yetoria Lumpkin DeShazier writes about the people and events in Algiers and the West Bank. Contact her at or call (504) 367-0905.