[UPDATE]  Parkway High School kicked off the Helping Hearts One Week At A Time" community service initiative during a morning assembly.

Beginning tomorrow, a group of students will be saying "thank you" to the men and women serving at Barksdale Air Force Base. They'll wash three aircraft at the base. They have other events planned throughout next week, including handing out thank-you notes at the Base Exchange, Retiree Office and Pharmacy, and helping clean the fitness center, chapel and youth center.

Next Friday, August 16th, Barksdale officials visit the high school for their food drive grand finale and presentation. We'll bring you more info on that as we get it.

_____________________________________________________________ [ORIGINAL STORY]  "Helping Hearts One Week At A Time" -- that's the focus of a new community service initiative kicking off next week in Bossier Parish schools.Schools Spokeswoman Sonja Bailes says all of the schools and centers will come together to help others.

"Every week this school year, minus holidays, one of our schools, centers or departments will be finding a way to pay it forward in the community or abroad, wherever their heart leads them," Bailes says. "It's very important as far as character education is concerned. That's not something you can always teach out of a textbook. It takes your hands and your heart to realize that it's not just about 'me,' it's about reaching out to others."

Parkway High School will be the first to participate. Students, teachers and staff will be "paying it forward" to our military. They'll help organize the Airman's Attic at Barksdale Air Force Base, collect items for the food pantry, and do foreign object debris removal on the runways there. They also have a number of other projects they'll be doing throughout the week.

A big kick-off assembly is planned for 7:30 this morning in Parkway's Auxiliary Gym.  During the gathering, the Freshman Class first learns about the project and the importance of looking beyond themselves and reaching out to others; then see the positive impact Bossier Schools how vowed to make in the community one week at a time throughout the school year.