• The Adopt-A-School program aims to bring more community involvement to Lincoln Parish public and private schools through pairing schools with community partners – businesses, churches, civic groups, even individuals.

    The Chamber and Lincoln ACHIEVE facilitate the AAS program. Adopters are paired with schools – generally the adopters request the school of their choice. If an adopter doesn’t have a specific school with which they would like to work, we pair them with a school.  When the pairings are complete, the schools receive contact information for each of their adopters and the adopters receive contact information for each of the schools they’ve adopted.

    There is an annual kick-off luncheon during which schools and their adopters have time to visit with each other and discuss plans and projects for the school year. How much the partner is involved with the school is up to the partner. Some of our partners help fund items that their partner school needs but can’t otherwise afford (for example, one year a partner purchased two VCRs for their school). Other partners volunteer to read to the children, or tutor, or provide pizza for honor roll students. Others participate in career days, provide pencils for test-taking, etc. There is no fee to participate in AAS, nor is there any requirement that partners make any financial commitment.  

    We urge the partners to stay in contact with their schools so that they can find out how they might be assistance - it's important to us that the partnerships are customized to meet the unique needs of both the community stakeholder and its education partner. We also urge our schools to show appreciation to their partners. Some schools invite their partners for lunch, others send artwork to be displayed at the business, or other thank-yous from the students.

    Each partner receives a certificate that we hope they display citing their participation in the program and naming the school(s) they’ve adopted. Likewise, each school receives a poster saying they have been adopted by your business/organization. Schools are urged to display the posters so that everyone visiting the school can note the business/community partnerships.

    There is also an end-of-the-year AAS appreciation luncheon. And, we publish a quarterly, full-color AAS newsletter, The Partnership Post, which includes pictures and stories about AAS activities. Partners are listed year-around on the Chamber's website and are printed in the annual relocation & Community Guide 'Ruston-Lincoln USA.'

  • For more information about Adopt-A-School, or to become an Adopt-A-School community partner, contact Ivana Flowers at the Chamber, 255-2031 or email iflowers@rustonlincoln.org or Cox-Boniol at 255-1430, or ccox@lincolnschools.org. Quarterly Partnership Post newsletters are available to read or download below.

  • 2 Crazy Girls
    Angela Mayfield
    Annette Straughter
    Argent Financial Group
    Ascent Health, Inc.
    Athletic Field Worx
    Bank of Ruston
    Beta Sigma Phi, Eta Omicron Chap.
    Blue Bell Creameries
    Bridge Community Church
    Calvary Baptist Church of Vienna
    Carolyn Cage
    Centric FCU
    Choudrant Mini-Mart
    Christ Church
    Circle K International at LA Tech
    City of Ruston
    Cleaners of Ruston
    Computer Solutions
    Cotton Top Print Shop
    Dairy Queen
    Davis Printing
    Douglas United Methodist Church
    Dr. John Ward
    Dubach United Methodist Church
    Emory Community House
    Faith Church
    First Baptist Church-Dubach
    First Baptist Church-Ruston
    First Guaranty Bank
    First National Bank
    Gina Jones, Attorney
    Goodwill Lunching
    Grambling Alumni Chap. of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
    Green Clinic
    Hampton Inn
    Henderson Financial Services
    HiTech Computers

  • Hopewell School Foundation
    Hunt, Guillot & Associates
    Industrial Insulation Group
    John Belton, 3rd Judicial Dist. Atty.
    John Knox Presbyterian Church
    Junior Auxiiary of Ruston
    Kilpatrick Funeral Home
    La Capital Federal Credit Union
    Law Offices of Russell A Woodard & Monique B Clement

    Lewis Jones, Attorney
    Liberty Christian Center West
    Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church
    Lincoln Community Health Center
    Lincoln Flooring & Acoustical
    Lockwood Group
    Log Cabin
    Louisiana Center for the Blind
    Martin Presence Property Management
    MassMutual Louisiana
    McJamerson Achiever Builders
    Mt. Zion #2 Baptist Church
    Newk's Eatery
    Northern Louisiana Medical Center
    OneMain Financial
    Origin Bank
    Paradigm Gym
    Peregrine Corporation
    P.O.S.H., LLC at GSU
    Presbyterian Church of Ruston
    Princeton Place 

  • Providence Real Estate
    Quality Inn
    Raising Cane's
    RE/MAX Results Realty
    Red River Roofing
    Regions Bank
    Rotary Club of Lincoln
    Ruston Cleaning Services
    Ruston Glass & Mirror
    SciTec's IDEA Place
    Scott's Catfish of Ruston
    Sonic Drive-In, Farmerville Hwy.
    State Farm-Kim Dupree
    State Farm-Gregg Phillips
    State Farm-Skip Russell
    Storms & Storms
    Super 1 Foods
    Temple Baptist Church
    The Michael A. Hunter Foundation
    The Visual Difference
    Third Day Messengers
    Townsend House Gifts
    Trenton Dental Center
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    True Care Dental
    United Way of NELA
    Walmart Supercenter
    Z-107.5 Radio
    Zion Traveler Baptist Church
    Zion Traveler Baptist Church Women's Ministry