Letters for 07-30-2015

Help DART Help Students
The back-to-school season is almost
upon us, and one local organization is
doing its part to help children in need.
The Domestic Abuse Resistance
Team is collecting donations to prepare
children from violent homes for the
upcoming school year.
“This program is for DART clients
only,” Union Parish community advocate
Jackie Hill said. “We are only able
to provide assistance to families who
have used our services.”
Contributions are needed to help
families purchase school uniforms and
supplies. There is a need for items like
notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and
backpacks, which must be clear.
Started in Ruston over 10 years
ago, DART is a non-profit organization
which now serves clients in seven
parishes in central Louisiana whose
mission is twofold:
To protect, empower and advocate for
all victims, survivors and their children
in North Central Louisiana who are affected
by domestic and dating violence.
To offer and implement public education
programs in regards to the farreaching
consequences of domestic and
dating violence.
The DART back-to-school donation
drive is extremely important for children
in the communities it serves, according
to Lincoln Parish community
advocate Terrie Queen Autrey.
“Children of violent homes in our
community already have trauma and
struggle,” she said. “We want their
school year to begin successfully.”
Individuals and groups who want to
contribute can call 368.6181 for more
The children helped by DART need
the support of the community.
Anything that can be done should be
done to provide an extra push to help
get their school year started in a positive
way. Donations may help a child do
better in school as well as overcome
circumstances beyond their control.
Any donation big or small can help
a child in need.
The Gazette encourages anyone that
can, to donate to DART’s program, to
help a child, to give back to the community
at large and to mold a better tomorrow
by providing positive reinforcement
to a future generation.