EAHS Students invade Ascension Oaks nursing home

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Front Row left to right: Austin Simon, Ms. Debbie Ellis, Kia Starks, Cecile Desselle Daisha Bouton and Michael Williams. Second Row: Dylan Bordaes, Kendell Lomas, BJ, Ramage, Josh Maruschak. Not pictured: Conner Melancon.

Ten students from Ms. Debbie Ellis’ class at EAHS invaded Ascension Oaks Nursing Home dressed in Halloween attire to hand out ‘Smelly Scary Pumpkin Sachets’ to each of the clients as part of a grant “Being Visible and Making a Difference” awarded to Ms. Ellis by the Ascension Fund.

Students measured beads, fragrance, and dyes to make the sachets. Beads were put in pumpkin molds and baked. After removing, the students wrapped each pumpkin in tulle and placed them in Halloween bags, two for each of the 98 Ascension Oaks Clients. Students were proud of their finished products.

Daisha Bouton, who also works at the nursing home in a program we have said she couldn’t wait to give her pumpkin to Ms. Dawn, her favorite client. If smiles from the clients indicated this activities success, it would be off the charts!

Funds for this grant were provided by the Ronald W. Barron Family through the Ascension Fund. The Ascension Fund is a non-profit organization established in 1991 by the Gonzales Rotary Club as an instrument for private sector leaders to invest directly in the work of individual teachers and schools through grants for innovative ideas and programs in Ascension Parish public schools. Teacher Grants of $500 or $1,000 and School Impact Grants of $2,500 are awarded on an annual competitive basis.

To date, the Ascension Fund has awarded approximately 1,200 grants representing over $1.4 million dollars in the school system. For more information, visit