Pamela Smith Walker is seeking the seat on the Morehouse Parish School Board District 2.
“I retired from my position as Information Technology Assistant with the Morehouse Parish School Board in November, 2017. During my years of employment with the School Board, I gained a wealth of knowledge about the functioning of Morehouse Parish School Board. I was privileged to meet and work alongside the fine employees of the school system, become very familiar with the condition of each school property and I gained a general understanding of the financial workings of the MPSB system. These experiences have given me a first-hand perspective of the challenges and strengths we have within our education system. I would like to use my experience to be an advocate for the Children of Morehouse Parish by serving on the MPSB School Board. I pledge to put the education of our children as the first priority and to work to restore mutual respect among MPSB School Board Members and the community. This includes working with our Board, Administration, Faculty, Staff and community leaders to improve the educational process thereby producing competent graduates who are equipped to be successful, productive citizens of Morehouse Parish.”
Pamela Smith Walker was born in Morehouse Parish, the youngest of three children, to J. W. and Billie Ruth Smith. Her siblings are Dr. Mike Smith, Bastrop, and deceased brother, Pat Smith. Pam attended Oak Hill Elementary School, Central Jr. High (girls school) and graduated from Bastrop High School in 1975 ranking number 12 out of 275 graduating seniors. While a student at BHS she served as President of Mu Sigma Honor Society. Upon graduation from BHS, Pam Walker entered NLU in Monroe to begin study in Music Education. She later transferred to Louisiana College in Pineville, LA where she received her Associate of Science degree in Business Administration in May, 1979. While attending school at Louisiana College, she and her high school sweetheart, Keith Walker, son of J. M. and Mae Walker, also of Bastrop, were married in December, 1977. This union and their personal commitment to serve their Savior, Jesus Christ, began a lifetime of partnered service through local churches to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to show compassion, mercy and grace of Jesus Christ in any way they could. Their partnership to share the love of Jesus has taken them to positions of leadership in Louisiana, Texas and Alabama over their 41 years of marriage. Pam and Keith Walker have three grown children, William and wife Molly live and work in Paris, TX and have two children; Kiley and wife Alexis live in Downsville, LA and work in the West Monroe area; Joanna Walker lives and works in Monroe, LA.
“After living and working away from Morehouse Parish for many years, Keith and I chose to return to Morehouse Parish in 2006 to be near our family. Keith serves as Office Manager at First Baptist Church of Bastrop, is a Sunday School Teacher and church organist. I am honored to serve as assistant Sunday School teacher, Chairman of the Committee on Committees, choir member and substitute worship leader.”
“Since 2012, I have been very active helping our community overcome the struggles of poverty through Care & Hope Ministry which I founded to assist needy families with food, clothing and household goods. I oversee the operation of the Thrift Store, which generates revenue to provide the funds needed to purchase food which is distributed to qualified low-income families who live in Morehouse Parish. On average, we distribute 500 generous boxes of food each month to families who meet the guidelines. This translates to 18,000 -- 20,000 lbs. of food per month that is given to Morehouse Parish residents in need. Additionally, for the past 4 years we have been able to distribute Christmas Back Packs to children ages 3-14 during the Christmas season. These new backpacks are filled with school supplies, clothing, toys, snacks and personal items to help meet the needs of low-income families with children. Our distribution date for Christmas 2018 will be Saturday, December 8, 2018.”
“In March, 2016, our community experienced a devastating flood from excessive rainfall. I worked with the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office and volunteers of First Baptist Church to provide an Emergency Evacuation Center for persons rescued from their flooded homes. We provided food, shelter, beds, showers, clothing and help with relocating for the approximately 100 families who were displaced from their homes due to flooding. Additionally, the evacuation center at the First Baptist Church gym served as a place for rest, food and lodging for Law Enforcement Officers and the Louisiana National Guard during their deployment here in Morehouse Parish during the natural disaster. I also organized the relief efforts provided by the LBC Disaster Relief Volunteers who came and spent 3 weeks repairing area homes immediately following the flood. I know there is much more that can be done for our community. I will continue to use the resources God has provided through Care & Hope Ministry and look for ways serve the people of our community in times of crisis and to help through the monthly food distribution program to provide the food supplement that so often is needed for families who are trapped in the cycle of poverty.”
“I care about our community and love the people who live here. As your representative of District 2 of the Morehouse Parish School Board, I will work to look for the best solutions to overcome the financial challenges we face because of the closing of International Paper Mill and the loss of tax revenue. We must also look for ways to break the cycle of poverty that has contributed to the decline of performance of students within our system and address the decline in enrollment. We must focus on gaining and retaining properly trained and certified teachers so that our students can receive the best education available. We must provide the best environment for learning so that our students will be successful. Working together, we can make a difference to improve the educational outcomes for our students. Their success will impact the success of our community for generations to come.”
“Please vote for Pamela Smith Walker #49 for Morehouse Parish School Board District 2. Thank you for your vote, support and prayers for me in this endeavor. God Bless You!”
For more information, you may contact Pamela Smith Walker at 318-281-5899.