Community Members support Creswell Elementary

The citizens of Northwest Louisiana have come together to support Creswell Elementary as it embarks on the 2018-2019 school year. This year, a record number of literacy volunteers from Step Forward’s Third Grade Literacy Volunteer Program will visit the school for an hour each week to help develop students’ reading skills. Initially, Creswell Elementary requested fifteen volunteers, but an enthusiastic response brought in twenty-five volunteers—many from First Presbyterian Church Shreveport—who want to support students’ education.

When asked why First Presbyterian’s members were so passionate about participating in the literacy program, Rev. Dr. Chris Currie responded “We believe a good education, the gift of reading, and people that care about you are qualities that every child in our community should experience. Members of our church serve as literacy volunteers because they believe we have a responsibility to all the children in our community, not just our own or those in our congregation. We believe the joys and successes of reading shapes each life and we want to be a part of helping young people see their gifts, their value, and their purpose in this world.”

Step Forward’s literacy volunteer program has already begun in schools throughout Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, and Webster parishes, but more volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a literacy volunteer, please contact Lou Papai, Step Forward’s Early Literacy Network Facilitator, by email at or phone at 260-437-8664. More information about becoming a literacy volunteer can also be found by visiting

About Step Forward

Step Forward is an emerging cradle-to-career “collective impact” initiative to improve outcomes for children and youth in the four-parish MSA of Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto and Webster parishes. Established in 2013 by the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, Step Forward is based on a nationally recognized model using data-driven research and proven results to organize collaborative action partnerships around outcomes for children, beginning at birth through post-secondary education/training to employment in a sustainable, living wage career.