When Dr. Rust needed help, he turned to the Cowboys.
Dr. Rust spent over fifty years as a veterinarian. He was retired and living in an apartment in Shreveport when an opportunity came about for him to move closer to his family. He was ready, but could not physically pack and load his furniture and other belongings. Dr. Rust is eighty-nine years old.
About a week before the school year began, having no where to turn, Dr. Rust walked in the front office at Southwood, asking for help. In true Southwood fashion, the Cowboys stepped up without hesitation.
The band was already on campus, practicing for the upcoming season. The leadership walked into the band room to find Mr. Holden (Director) with several students eating lunch. (A lunch that Mr. Holden made for his students. That kind of thing goes on all the time at Southwood). After explaining the situation almost everyone in the room volunteered to help Dr Rust. On The following Saturday Mr. Holden showed up with five students to help. Because of a man in need and students willing to help, a bond was formed that will never be forgotten.
On Monday, Dr. Rust came to the school with tears in his eyes. He was overwhelmed with gratitude for Southwood and had nothing but kind things to say about our boys. He talked about how polite and respectful they were, and that he would be forever grateful.
The next weekend the same boys showed up again, to load the U-haul that would be taking Dr. Rust down south. He took the group out for pizza afterwards. Pictured left to right: Jemerica Washington, DeRay Harris, Jalin Clark and Keith Allums.
The cowboys have once again displayed that they will RISE UP!