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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 13, 2015

U.S. Attorney's Office participates in backpack drive at Sunset Middle School

LAFAYETTE, La. – This year the U.S. Attorney’s Office participated in a back-to-school backpack drive at Sunset Middle School. Staff members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lafayette and Shreveport and federal courthouse employees in Lafayette collected school supplies and 20 backpacks for this school year that included spiral notebooks, loose leaf paper, construction paper, journals, pens, pencils, glue sticks, colored pencils, erasers, scissors, markers, pencil pouches and hand sanitizer.

The school is led by Principal Marquet Rideau, who along with staff members, accepted the backpacks on Monday and will distribute them among the students. The school’s mission statement is “Teacher, Parents and Community Working Together to Ensure That All Students Will Learn.” Sunset Middle School has been recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education as being a Top Gains School.

“This is just a little something to show support for a school, like so many others, that has young people who are eager and excited to learn,” Finley stated. “Sunset Middle School is working to keep children on track for academic success. A special thank you to everyone in the federal courthouse who participated in this project, and thank you to the staff at Sunset Middle for all of your hard work throughout the year. Our wish is that all schools across the nation and within the Western District of Louisiana will have a successful and rewarding school year.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is active with community outreach, to include educating youth in middle schools and high schools on social media and cyberbullying, mentoring high school and college students during back-to-school and career day events, supporting law enforcement during National Night Out events, serving meals during Thanksgiving at St. Joseph Diner, participating in events such as the Alzheimers’ Walk and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and hosting annual drives for Coats for Kids, Dress for Success and Feds Feed Families.

Finley is the first female U.S. Attorney to serve in Louisiana. She was selected by President Barack Obama in January of 2010, after being recommended by U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June of 2010. United States Attorney Finley was sworn into office on June 2, 2010, to serve as the Western District of Louisiana’s chief law enforcement officer for 42 of the 64 parishes in the state. In addition to her duties as the U.S. Attorney, Finley is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as Co-Chair of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Management and Budget Committee.

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Updated August 17, 2015