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Leaders announce new school to bear name of late state Rep. Avon Honey

Congressman Cedric Richmond, Linda Honey and Diane Haynes pose for a picture with students. (Source: State Rep. Regina Barrow) Congressman Cedric Richmond, Linda Honey and Diane Haynes pose for a picture with students. (Source: State Rep. Regina Barrow)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The memory of the late state Representative Avon R. Honey, who represented the Scotlandville area for nearly a decade, is alive at an elementary school.

J.K. Haynes Elementary Charter School is located at 8600 Elmgrove Garden Drive in Baton Rouge. Honey's relatives, state Representative Regina Barrow and Congressman Cedric Richmond announced Thursday a new school to train future leaders of south Louisiana will bear Honey's name.

The new "Avon Honey Public Service Academy" will train fifth grade students on the fundamentals of local, state and federal political systems.

"Avon Honey was a selfless public servant and a pillar in Louisiana politics," said Congressman Cedric Richmond. "The Avon Honey Public Service Academy will carry on this legacy while exposing students to the civic process at a young age. Enriching young minds with the valuable experience and knowledge they will gain from this program will spur their engagement with the political process in the future."

Kisha Thomas with J.K. Haynes said the academy's very first day of public service lessons was Thursday with about 20 kids in the classes.

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