October 4

Hula-Hoops and Fried Chicken

Some Praise Academy students—Shaniya, Macayla and Aurbrie—worked together during a recent reading workshop.

by Chris Meehan

Photo: Joan Pingel

Joan Pingel sighed as she walked into the Bossier City, LA, shopping mall on a Saturday in July and saw the extremely long line. The mall was giving away backpacks loaded with school supplies, and Joan and two chaperones had brought seven Praise Academy students with them to stand in that line. It didn’t matter that they had arrived 45 minutes early. So had everyone else!

Adding to the pressure, one of the students had confided in Joan that there was no food to eat in his family’s house. “We’ll talk about that later,” Joan had told him, hoping that an answer to his needs would materialize in the meantime. Read more.


The neighbors I met were unpretentious, warm, welcoming and easy to talk to. There is something very beautiful in them.


Kerry, more than anyone, has held the vision bright. He consistently held up the goal that the formation of the intellect was foremost.


Summer fun in branches around the community.