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Walker High School is opening a PJ's Coffee location on campus that will be staffed by special education students so they can get some real life work experience. They did a soft opening Monday and Tuesday, but Wednesday is the first day kids will be back at school. The theme was Back to the '80s. Portraying St. Joseph, Jesus and the Mary for the St. The three took part in the annual ritual known as the feeding of the saints. Stocker Parker Colona straightens the few items left on the toilet paper and paper towel aisle at Carter's in Walker.

Brittany Stein, left, her mother Dori St. Cyr, and son Kaison Stein look for reading materials from a book swap house or tiny library near City Hall in Hammond. With the Tangipahoa Parish Library System branches closed to patrons during the coronavirus pandemic, an increasing of avid readers are frequenting the miniature book stations located throughout the city. The book houses, installed by civic groups, operate on a 'take one, leave one' basis. These two Denham Springs High School seniors attempt at social distancing as they parade down Yellow Jacket Avenue on what would have been their last official day of school May 8 in Denham Springs.

Live Oak High senior Parker Giering embraces his mother and high school teacher, Melissa Giering, after he received cap and gown May 20, We all made a collective sigh of relief when the clock struck midnight ushering in After a record of hurricanes visiting the state and a pandemic that managed to shake up our lives most of the year, we were all ready to say goodbye to But, tragedy brings Louisiana residents together, whether it was collecting items for hurricane victims or coming up with new ways to celebrate birthdays, graduations or weddings, we all made the best of a difficult situation.

The Louisiana spirit ended with some interesting stories and touching photographs on these s in Former Advocate writer Emma Kennedy shared a story about Walker High School's new program providing campus jobs for students with special needs. A PJ's coffee location at the school provided the first job for many of the students. The Feb. The event gives fans of the fantasy world of fictional characters found in comic books, theaters and social media a day to enjoy the genre.

The Doyle High girls basketball team went all the way, picking up a championship title in March, just before things shut down due to the coronavirus. One of the first events impacted by the novel coronavirus was the St. Joseph's Altar celebrations at area Catholic Churches. Precautions put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus among people gathered in crowds did not deter volunteers at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from hosting their annual St.

But it did cause the group to alter the manner in which the centuries-old tradition is observed. Mounds of food were prepared for the large of visitors who usually attend the event. However, instead of the visitors being able to witness the opening antry and then gather at communal tables to share food and fellowship, visitors were given plates of food to take home. In mid-March, schools were closed and most activities were canceled after the governor issued a stay-at-home order in response to the novel coronavirus.

Many stories included cancellation announcements and plans for the shutdown. As the shut down continued, stores saw a rush on the sale of many items, including toilet paper. That caused the town of Walker to send out a news release asking residents not to flush baby wipes, paper towels and other options in an effort to prevent clogging the sewer lines around town. Contributing writer Sonya T. Gordan visited area stores to check on supplies.

While most stores had plenty of food, toilet paper, sanitizer and wipes were in low supplies. Shoppers had to adjust to social distancing policies. Staff writer Ellyn Couvillion reported on the adjustments students had to make to online learning from home. It hit the Class of especially hard, since it started its high school year out of school after the flood of closed many area schools.

Now, the class had to deal with the uncertainty surrounding a pandemic. Teachers and administrators came up with new ways to connect with their students. On April 4, the Eastside Elementary staff took to the streets to celebrate spirit week with a drive-by parade.

The faculty drove through their students' neighborhoods to wave and shout messages of support. The Livingston-Tangipahoa Advocate went through some changes during, too. We changed our publishing day from Thursday to Wednesday to meet the challenges of the pandemic. Landry said the city had been proactive in training its employees on how to continue service to the public while practicing recommended safe practices to keep the workforce and the public as safe as possible.

Despite the closure of libraries, area residents found free books to read at tiny, colorful libraries. In Tangipahoa Parish, the book houses, installed by civic groups, including the Boy Scouts, operate on a "take one, leave one" basis. A flood delayed their freshman year. A pandemic closed their school two months before graduation, canceling prom and leaving a traditional graduation walk across the stage in limbo. Denham Springs High School graduating seniors' celebrated the last official day of their high school career by rolling through the city in four parades celebrating what has been anything but a normal senior year.

Walker Mayor Jimmy Watson announced May 13 that the city was to return to normal governmental activities and operations on May The mayor asked residents to comply with directives from the governor in order to protect themselves and the community. Masks and social distancing were needed everywhere we went. The Live Oak High School graduating seniors paraded around the school to drop off books and equipment before picking up their caps and gowns on Wednesday, May That afternoon, the students drove around the community as friends and family waved and celebrated their accomplishments.

A June 4 story reported that protesters, both Black and White, gathered June 2 to express their anger at the death of George Floyd. The event ed countless others across the country to protest the death of Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died May 25 after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes while he was handcuffed on the ground. Edit Close. Toggle . Francisville St. Close 1 of Photo by Vic Couvillion. Photo by Sonya T. Provided photo by Krista Adams.

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