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Holiday Wishes Do Come True

Christmas arrived early at some area schools today. Students at J.W. Faulk, Alice Boucher, Duson, S.J. Montgomery, Evangeline, Charles Burke and Baranco Elementary were surprised with toys and bikes donated by members of the community. To start the day, 100 Bikes for 100 Kids sponsored by Phillips Express Transports donated bikes to elementary students.

“This is our first year donating bikes. We also plan on making this a Christmas tradition,” states Terrell Phillips owner of Phillips Express Transports. He and generous donors reached out to school administrators who identified students that display good behavior and that live in homes where a bike would make a difference in their family Christmas. Some of the donors include: Dr. Tehmi Chassion, James Thomas, Pride of Lafayette Lodge 240, Ester Chapter 187, Light of Washington 184, Phillips Express Transports and a host of residents from the community.

Bikes were distributed with the help of the Pride of Lafayette Lodge 240, a group committed to improving the community.


Members of Pride of Lafayette Lodge 240 and Phillips Express Transports distributed bikes to students. Lester Guidry, Gerald Broussard, Terrell & Kimberly Phillips, Don Washington, Mike Brooks.

Later, students at J.W. Faulk were then surprised with toys donated from members of the community. Board member Dr. Tehmi Chassion organized a toy drive to collect toys for students throughout the district. With the help of his mother Kathleen Chassion, they organized toy donations from local businesses, the Lafayette Parish School System, Lafayette High School, Southside High School, Broadmoor, and Ernest Gallet elementary schools.

Kathleen Chassion helps her son Dr. Tehmi Chassion coordinate the donations of toys for students.


Just a glimpse of the toys the kids will see when they arrive in the library at J.W. Faulk Elementary.


The students at J.W. Faulk dressed in their pajamas today and each student  in  Ms. Hamlin’s kindergarten class received stocking filled with books from students at Teurlings Catholic High School.