How You can Help our Children and ‘Pack the Bus’

By Josh Beavers

School bells will be ringing very soon, and the Webster Parish school system is helping parents ease any pinch on the pocketbook that may come with getting back to learning.

The annual “Pack the Bus” event will be held Friday and Saturday at the Minden and Springhill Walmart locations. As part of the event, the community is encouraged to donate school supplies whether by bringing them to the bus or going inside the store and purchasing them. Supplies can then be donated in an effort to “pack the bus” which will be stationed in the Walmart parking lot.

The bus will be open at both Minden and Springhill locations from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday. This event will be followed by the annual “Back to School Bash” slated for August 9 at the Harper Center for Excellence. More information about that event will be coming in next week’s updates of the Webster Parish Journal.

This is the 13th year of the “Pack the Bus” event, and the support from the local community has been overwhelming, says Webster Parish Safe Schools Coordinator Ursula Hullaby.

“This is an important part of the school year,” Hullaby told The Journal. “I want to thank our sponsors and encourage the community to help us ‘Pack the Bus’.”

Premium Premium Sponsors making donations of $1,000

  • Gary and Sarah Haynes
  • Saint Rest Baptist Church – Minden

Premium Sponsors $601.00 up

  • Valley Peace Church Cotton Valley, La
  • Sneed ’em Chili Dogs

Platinum Sponsors $450-$500

  • Walmart – Minden
  • Kevin and Debbie Washington
  • McDonald’s – Minden
  • Minden Family Dental
  • Barksdale Federal Credit Union
  • B1 Bank
  • James C. Rhymes Foundation

Silver Sponsors $200-$350

  • Kenneth and Sharon Duncan
  • Denise Edwards
  • Fleming Group
  • Carter Federal Credit Union
  • Sheriff Jason Parker
  • Living Word Church- Minden
  • Horseshoe Dental
  • Dale and Crevonne Odom
  • Speer Roofing
  • Fibrebond
  • Lynda Carmouche Psychotherapy
  • New Direction Church of Cotton Valley
  • Premier Family Clinic, LLC
  • Andre and Teresa Washington
  • New Bethel AME Church Springhill, Louisiana

Bronze Sponsors $100-$150

  • Jonathan and Latisher Ward
  • Linda Hudson
  • Minden Police Association
  • Mark and Becki Brown
  • McInnins Insurance
  • Cory and Melanie Lewing
  • Mike’s Spirits
  • Minden Floral
  • Storage Solutions – Germantown Storage
  • Rocketfast
  • Harper Motors
  • Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ferguson


  • Ricky and Mary Wright
  • Carolyn Pickett
  • Yolanda Palmer
  • Daryl and Oreata Banks
  • Colonel & Diane Thompson
  • Ad Signs
  • Nathan Richardson