Ascension Parish School Board


Ascension Launches Prom and Graduation Safety Campaign

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Ascension Launches Prom and Graduation Safety Campaign

Donaldsonville, La. – Ascension Public Schools launches its 6th annual prom and graduation safety campaign. Through multi-faceted outreach efforts, high school students are encouraged not to use drugs or alcohol while celebrating prom or graduation. 

"This initiative began with a grant from Capital Area Human Services and has grown each year to include partnerships with law enforcement, local officials and state agencies all committed to the safety of our students," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. "The message is important for both students and their parents: 'Don't let one bad decision decide your future.'"

Elements of the campaign include the following:
  • Posters and banners posted at all high schools
  • Admission wrist bands for all students entering prom;
  • Postcards mailed to the homes of all juniors and seniors;
  • Labels on containers holding prom flowers and tuxedo rental bags at local shops;
  • Cable television ads on EATEL and Cox including sponsored spots by Tiger Honda;
  • Billboards strategically placed in the community;
  • Screen savers on all high school computers and digital signs;
  • Announcements at school events and athletic events;
  • Messages in the Ascension Counseling Center newsletter and on Ascension Parish TV Channel 21; and
  • Website and social media advertisements.

The following are prom and graduation dates by school:

  • Donaldsonville High: Apr. 22 prom; May 12 graduation
  • Dutchtown High: Mar 25 prom; May 12 graduation
  • East Ascension High: Apr. 1 prom; May 11 graduation
  • St. Amant High: Apr. 8 prom; May 10 graduation
The campaign is made possible in partnership with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, Gonzales Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Ascension Parish Government, 23rd Judicial District Attorney and Capital Area Human Services.

For more information about the campaign and to download campaign materials, visit

David Alexander

Patricia Russo

Board President

Taft Kleinpeter
Board Vice President

Robyn Penn Delaney

Scott Duplechein
Julie Blouin
Kerry Diez
John Murphy
Shawn Sevario
Louis Lambert
Troy Gautreau, Sr.
Lorraine Wimberly
ABOUT ASCENSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS: The Ascension Public Schools system is the largest employer in the parish with over 2,800 employees that support 22,000 students in 27 schools.  An A-rated school district since 2011-12, school performance has grown by 69% over the past four years and currently ranks fourth in Louisiana.
  • G.W. Carver Primary won the prestigious 2017 National TAP Founder's Award
  • Dutchtown Middle student Aubrey Green is a finalist for the 2017 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year and Dutchtown's Hiba Hasan was the 2016 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year
  • Spanish Lake Primary Principal Britton Colon was a semifinalist for 2017 Louisiana Principal of the Year
  • Ascension Public Schools earned the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fourth consecutive year. Ascension is one of only two school districts in Louisiana to achieve this honor.