The Morehouse Parish School system and Delta Jr. High School implemented a program three years ago to have recent graduates work around the school for the summer. The requirements were that the students must have graduated from Bastrop High School and either attended Delta or lived in the school's district.
This year, 10 students took advantage of the summer job opening and have spent their days cleaning fence rows, mowing, painting and other tasks. They were treated to a luncheon Wednesday and District 2 School Board member Louis Melton, presented plaques to Kayla Hawkins and Kenderrius Moore for their outstanding job performance. "I am proud of all the workers for the job they have done this summer," Melton said. "We started this program as a way to give back to the community and help our area youth and these kids know the value of a buck and how to work for that buck." School Principal Cynthia Clark also praised the workers for sticking with the job and never complaining. "This is dirty work and it's hot outside," Clark said. "I told the students that if they didn't want to do this type of work for the rest of their lives, they needed to continue their education." Coach Lorenzo Price and Evelyn Seay were in charge of overseeing the students and both agreed that this group was the best they have worked with. "I have been doing this since the program started and this group has down exactly what they were told to do without complaints and have been willing to work hard," Seay said. "We purposefully worked them hard," Price said. "We wanted them to see how it was in the real world and give them a reason to continue their education, so they would not have to work out in the heat unless they wanted to." Students participating in the program along with Hawkins and Moore were Ka'Tajma Burrell, Kinshasa Heard, Nathan Morrison, Cornelious Murphy, Torrance Murphey, Tra'derric Ford, Courtney Morrison and Lageanna Seay.