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Community party set to commemorate South Lafourche’s 50th anniversary

Community party set to commemorate South Lafourche’s 50th anniversary

South Lafourche High School is about to turn 50 and a huge community event is set for this weekend to commemorate the beginning of the school’s big year.

The local high school will hold a day-long celebration on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the school’s campus in Galliano.

Principal Gaye Cheramie said the event will be the first of many anniversary events the school has planned throughout its 50th year. She said the celebration will be one to honor the school and all of the people who have studied within its halls since 1966.

“We always say that we look at the school as the heartbeat of the community,” Cheramie said. “Well this is going to be a community-based celebration for everyone. We will have activities all around campus to showcase all of the things that make the school a special place that people enjoy.”

There will be something for just about everyone at the event.

At 8:30 in the auditorium there will be an opening ceremony where Cheramie will welcome folks to the school, as well as leading participants in an invocation and the pledge.

From 9:20-9:50, past principals of the school will be honored and throughout the day, notable community members will speak about the school – a list which included Lynn Pierce, Hank Danos, Ray Cheramie, Ted Falgout, Camille Pitre, Scott Bouzigard, Ronnie Estay and Perry Martin, among others.

At 2 p.m., the Bayou Bell Ringers will close the day in the auditorium with an hour-long performance.

But for adults looking to move around the campus and seek out things to do, the event will also be a hit. There will be live music throughout the day from four bands – each will perform outside under tents which will be stationed in the school’s grass.

At 9, Nonc Nu & Da Wild Matous will perform. From there, White and Nerdy, Clustafunk and The Hurricane Levee Band will take the stage – at 10:30, noon and 1:30, respectively.

Each band will perform for one hour and in between each performance will be a live auction with prizes Cheramie said will be well worth a bid.

“Several people have stepped up and have made our list of auction items pretty impressive,” Cheramie said. “We have Saints tickets. The Arceneaux family is giving a hunt on their property. We have some lovely paintings. We have a lot people will be interested in.”

Cheramie said in the main gym, PEAK Performance gym will be on-site to instruct Zumba classes.

Throughout the day, people will also be able to tour the campus and football field house, as well as watch a slideshow which features pictures of historical events in the school’s history.

But Cheramie said the kids are covered, too.

In the non-competition gym, the South Lafourche boys and girls basketball teams will be represented and will be conducting youth clinics and competitions throughout the day.

The Tarpons football team will be doing the same and will be actively hosting guests in both the fieldhouse and in Memorial Stadium throughout the day.

Other activities for kids will include face painting, a petting zoo, multi-cheer clinics and story telling by the public library.

“This is an event that we wanted to be for anyone – young and old,” Cheramie said. “There will be plenty activities for kids. We want to welcome anyone in the community to attend.”

Cheramie said the event will take place – rain or shine, though she, like everyone else, is hoping for a bright, sunny day.

On the school’s official Facebook page, a reminder has been sent out reminding folks to bring their own lawn chairs (for watching the bands) and sunscreen.

The school also reminds folks to bring cash for raffles, face painting and all other items for sale.

“It will be a great day,” Cheramie said. “We can’t wait to celebrate it.”