From a Push-Up Challenge to help for a Livingston Parish school, our Bossier kids will be busy with both serious and fun events Friday, September 9. Here's the list of events, courtesy of Bossier Schools Liaison Sonja Bailes:

Helmet Assembly
Apollo Elementary
8:30 a.m.

Apollo has many students who walk or ride a bike to school and their safety is a priority for us. Last year, P.E. instructor Micheal Puryear began the Apollo Bicycle Clique. This club is to help students be safe when they ride their bikes to school. Apollo rewards students for wearing helmets. Local sponsors will be on site to show their support and possibly reward more students with bike helmets at the assembly.

Patriot Day Ceremony and 22 Push-Ups Challenge
Parkway High School
9 a.m.

A ceremony in memory of the victims of 9/11 will take place at 9 a.m. in front of Parkway. It should end at 9:15.

Following that ceremony, the "22 Push-Ups Challenge" will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the main gym to raise awareness about the number of veterans and teens who attempt or commit suicide each day. Bossier School Board members Dennis Bamburg and Eric Newman have accepted the challenge to participate. Media partners are also invited to take part.

Smoothies for Southside
Kingston Elementary
1 and 2 p.m.

In an effort to raise money for flood-ravaged Southside Elementary in Livingston Parish, the Kingston Cubs will enjoy "Smoothies for Southside." Students and faculty members can pre-order smoothies and families are invited to get in on the fun with their children and enjoy the party for a good cause. A designated portion of each smoothie sale will be designated for Southside Elementary. Kindergarten students and those in grades 2nd and 5th will enjoy their smoothie party at 1 p.m. The party for students in 1st, 3rd and 4th will be at 2 p.m.

A Celebration of Service
Benton Elementary Heroes' Track
562 Hwy 162
1:30 p.m.

Benton Elementary's Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host a Celebration of Service in honor of those who have dedicated their lives to serve. Guest speakers include Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington and State Representative Mike Johnson. Sheriff Whittington will also participate in a flag pole dedication. Veterans and other dignitaries will also be in attendance, including military representatives from Barksdale Air Force Base and first responders from Benton and Bossier City Fire and Police Departments.

The Celebration of Service will be the culmination of fundraising efforts to benefit the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home. A reception will follow the event.

Airline Vikings: We Stand for Life!
AHS Stadium
6:30 p.m.

All week the Vikings have focused on choosing life through various activities during Suicide Awareness Week. At the game, there will be a balloon release and the student section will be a vivid hue of neon or fluorescent yellow when the Vikings "Out Glow Green Oaks." Yellow is the color identified with suicide awareness.

Students will pick up balloons and carry them during the Viking Walk at 6:30 p.m. on their way to the stadium. The flag line, cheerleaders and Blue Angels will all wear yellow awareness ribbons on their uniforms and yellow hair bows at the game. Students will also be sporting yellow wrist bands with the words "Airline Vikings: We Stand For Life!"

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