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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held at Martial F. Billeaud Elementary School

LPSS held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Martial F. Billeaud Elementary School (MBE) to celebrate the official completion of construction of the new school in Broussard. The school welcomed students in August, but construction crews remained on campus through the first semester completing the library, a classroom wing, auditorium, and a perimeter fence.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony drew a crowd for this historic event. Local officials and dignitaries were in attendance as well as Chairman of the Board Chuck Billeaud of the Billeaud Companies, whose family is the namesake of the school. Billeaud gave a dedication speech as his family was instrumental in helping LPSS acquire a portion of the land Martial F. Billeaud, Sr. once owned to build the school through a joint effort with the City of Broussard.

The United Way of Acadiana Acting CEO Troy Cloutier addressed the crowd, as the school is a Leader in Me school and spoke of the value of this program in forming young students socially and emotionally. Principal Christy Hayes and her female front-line staff donned their pink hard hats and removed them all at once symbolizing the completion of the project.

Even with these great presentations, the major showcase was the students. The “MBE LEAD Expectations Bulldog Pledge” was recited by Peyton Hayes, “As a Billeaud Bulldog, I will Listen, Engage in friendly interactions, Aspire to lead, and Develop leader characteristics every.” One student representing each grade level spoke about their favorite thing in their new school and what habit they emulate by being a Leader in Me school. “Put first things first,” “synergize,” and “sharpen your saw” were all habits that the students recounted.

The chorus, under the direction of Caryn L. Bodin, performed a new song titled “The Seven Habits” to the beat of “Rollin in the Deep” by Adele. The students closed the ceremony with the Broadway song “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” from the Broadway musical Annie, which will be performed later in the year through grant money from the Acadiana Center for the Arts.