‘Barbers and Braiders’ back-to-school bash aims to boost student confidence

Published 10:32 am Thursday, July 7, 2022

By Emily Burleigh

The Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy will be hosting their inaugural “Back 2 School Bash: Barbers and Braiders” event noon-3 p.m. Aug. 6.

The goal of the event is to help students feel confident and comfortable on their first day of school.

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“At SWLCA, we recognize that students place a high priority on their first day of school appearance,” said Ranyel Trent, SWLCA counselor and co-owner of Kingdom Life Enterprises. “This is evident in the number of students who miss the first day of school — especially when starting on a Friday — due to not being able to get their hair done in time or not having their uniforms yet. We wanted to help mitigate these circumstances by providing a service to meet their needs.”

According to Trent, a community is not dependent on borders, but is instead a connection built through good works. This event is a result of that belief.

“We believe that community is not based on where you are geographically located, but on the bond that is created through commonalities and dedication,” Trent said. “Being a school system that is not bound by zoning laws, our population consists of families from diverse backgrounds and neighborhoods.

“We don’t have the privilege of having ties to a specific community, so we strive to build relationships throughout the area that could offer our students the opportunity to learn and grow.”

The event will feature motivational speakers and performers, Trent said.

“There will be a live concert by local artists that will highlight the importance of knowing who you are,” she said. “Artists will also speak on the issue of bullying.”

Standout guests are K. Trent and the authors of “Sis, You Got This,” MoniQue Ardoin, Kristian Barriere, Nevaeh Barriere, Marissa Guillory and Gabriela Trent.

All hairstylists will be volunteering their time and donations of school supplies will be handed out to students. Donations of backpacks, uniform pants, socks, belts, refreshments and gift card prizes for the event are still needed.

They are also on the lookout for more braiders, barbers, nail techs and sponsors.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Trent at 337-552-6569 or at rtrent@swlouisianacharter.org.