Shea Bertrand has spent a good chunk of his young life helping others.
As the sun sets, things are typically just getting started for Relay For Life, but a few hours in, when the darkness truly hits, Relay grasps at your heartstrings.
It is then, typically at 9 p.m., that all the lights are turned off and the only light that lines the track are those from bags and torches honoring cancer survivors, recognizing caregivers and remembering someone who has lost his or her life to cancer.
LEFT: Volunteers working the “Money Tree” portion of the Reality Store begin the work of showing students from Acadia Parish schools, in this case Iota High, what type of financial future they can look forward to if they follow their chosen career paths. RIGHT: Representatives from Acadia General Hospital speak with two students during Thursday’s Career Connections EXPO at the Rice Festival Bulding. Acadia General was one of many businesses and organizations on hand for the event to help sophomores and seniors from schools in Acadia Parish understand what their careers are really like.
Sophomores and seniors from schools across Acadia Parish met in Crowley and pondered majors, chose future paths and learned about real life Thursda
CONSEQUENCES OF DISTRACTED driving were detailed for students of Rayne High School during the showing of a mock accident scene Friday morning. Speaking were, from left, Reggie Shaw, who has the distinction of being the first driver in the U.S. charged with distracted driving; Joel Feldman, who created a memorial foundation for his daughter killed by a distracted driver; mother Betty with her daughter, Liz Marks who was severely injured while reading a text from her mother while driving; Jennifer Smith, a national advocate against distracted driving; Coordinator Maxine Trahan, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Department; and Co-Chairman Allen “Noochie’ Credeur of the Rayne Police Department. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Paul Kedinger)
The accident scene was staged, but the emotions were real as the 4th installation of CHOICES unfolded in Rayne last week.