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  • Photo provided by Ellen Richmond -- Garden club celebrates Arbor Day -- The Gonzales Garden Club gathers with local officials for a Jan. 18 Arbor Day Celebration at the Gonzales Fire Department on Orice Roth Road. Club President Janis Poche opened the program and Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux greeted the group. A live oak was planted. Gathering are, from left, Ellen Richmond, Conchita Richey, Terry Richey, Mary Jo Pohlig, Jamie Trisler, Marilyn Rice, Alan Guillot, Myra Mire, Barbara Guillot, Poche, Priscilla Monson, Cynthia Cagnolatti, Loretta Ramirez, Lorraine Gautreau, Arceneaux, Loretta Speligene, Weezie Cashat and Gonzales Fire Chief Tracey Normand.

  • Photo provided by Eva M. Lamendola -- Pancake sale raises money -- Gonzales Lions Club member Nick Tureau flips pancakes Jan. 27 at the group's annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The event funds the agency's programs, which includes purchasing eyeglasses for area residents.

  • Photo provided by Jon Hirsch -- Rotary Club of Gonzales -- Ryan Booth, owner of Mathnasium, left, meets with Rotary Club of Gonzales member John Dawes after the club's Jan. 29 meeting in Gonzales. Booth cited statistics showing that the U.S. is behind many industrialized countries in education and gave examples of how his business helps students improve math skills, a news release from the club states.

  • Photo provided by Stephen Estopinal -- Rotary Club of East Ascension -- Brad Walker, publisher of The Creole, an Ascension Parish online newspaper, center, gathers Jan. 21 with Rotary Club of East Ascension members Kamal Zaher, left, and Mike Butural.

  • Photo provided by Alison Teal -- Students collect food -- Surrounded by the nearly 1,500 cans of food collected by members of the Pecan Grove Primary School Beta Club during a recent drive are, from left, Joseph Firmin, Teman Lewis, Jordan Winn and Chelsey LeBlanc. The food was donated to the St. Theresa Food Pantry in Gonzales.

  • Photo provided by Jody Delatte -- Central honors readers -- Gathering on Jan. 14 are some of the 57 Central Primary School readers who achieved their Accelerated Reader program goals, first row from left, Baldemar Maldonado, Jaren Vargas and Brett Hite; second row, Alexa Diaz, Sophia Abbahou, Alex Lambert, Gavin Soniat, Yahir Levario and Hannah Breaux; and third row, Baleigh Ealouis, Leah Haines, Evelyn Soto, Zayra Padillo, Grant Bell and Belan Harvey. The third- through fifth-graders were treated to pizza, video games and a chance to win prizes.

  • Photo provided by Todd Bowen -- Brothers support sister -- Brothers Branson Bowen, 18, left, and Brock Bowen, 16, right, hug sister Bethany, 13, after she cheered for the last time as a member of the Lake Elementary cheerleading squad at a recent basketball game. The brothers play baseball for St. Amant High School.

  • Photo provided by Terri Bourque -- Young authors celebrated -- Eatel Corp. representative Jenny Heroman reads on Jan. 25 to students at Sorrento Primary School. Heroman read the book written by the students as part of Eatel's Imagination Book Press Grant.

  • Photo provided by Susan Minvielle -- Gonzales Middle band students perform -- Gathering at the recent District IV Honor Band concert at Southeastern Louisiana University are Gonzales Middle School students, first row from left, Drayk Blair, French horn; Brandon Gordon, clarinet; and Emma Stoeckle, French horn; and second row, Stephan Nicol, tuba; Michael Nwokorie, bass clarinet; and Timothy Gonzales, bass clarinet.

  • Photo provided by Annette Becnel -- Students study matter -- Dutchtown Primary School third-graders, from left, K'lan Riney, Quin Mooney and Emma McClure make ice cream during a recent lesson on changing a liquid to a solid.

  • Photos provided by Jenny Bruno -- Oak Grove honors Students of the Month -- Gathering recently are the Oak Grove Primary School November kindergarten Students of the Month, first row from left, Omar Navarro, Tekoria Cameron, Angel Osiagwu and Kali Shewmake; and second row, Caroline Matassa, Ali Kibbe and Bailey Wusterbarth.

  • Gonzales Lions Club members, from left, Todd Villar and Kurt Wall serve pancakes during a recent club fundraiser.

  • Gathering Jan. 25 are Sorrento Primary School teacher Sandi Bourque and students who wrote and published a book as part of the Eatel Corp. Imagination Book Press Grant, first row from left, Izabell Smith, Emma Nassar, Javon Cook, Jacee Diez, Navaeh Metrejean, Kaylie Lassetter; second row, Taryn Roussell, Jadden Kennedy, Taylor Peak, Shemar Long, Kahleis Simon, Yadira Baldelamar and Alejandro Toro-Guerrero; and third row, Landon Richard, Brianna LeGaux, Hailee Allen, Adam Tullier, Ka'Den Jimerson, Mekhi Darville, Avery Detillier and Bourque. Not pictured is Anaya Antoine.

  • Named November Students of the Month at Oak Grove Primary School are second-graders, first row from left, Cade Rodi and Isabella O'Neal; and second row, Karlie Carr, Molly Buras and McKalyn Lee. Also honored was Jordon Dargin

  • Gathering are Oak Grove Primary School first-graders named November Students of the Month, first row from left, Gavin Daniel and Christian Reamey; second row, Champ Hutchinson, Kylie Evans, Christian Devenish; and third row, Seth Robinson, Maya Monceaux and Dominic Bazile.

  • Oak Grove Primary School fifth-graders named November Students of the Month are, first row from left, Trent Hughes, Abbigail Boehl and Rekai Mattews; and second row, Dinah Blount, Andrew Leonard and Brayden Bortnick.

  • Named November Students of the Month are Oak Grove Primary School fourth-graders, first row from left, Riley Weber, Garrison Boehl, Owen Dettman and Galvin Wong; and second row, Jessica Raborn, Anthony Mocanu and Skylar Dewerff.

  • Named November Students of the Month are Oak Grove Primary School third-graders, first row from left, Jonah Bourque, Farrah Dudley and Kyle Carver; and second row, Mya Young, Maci Munson and Dylan Khemmanyvong.