Student memories were shared by
Alyssa Hebert, Mackay Suire, Jennah
Detraz, Bailey Hebert, Brae Leigh
Suire, and Camryn Hebert. Dozier’s
Band Director Mike Vizier was on
hand to lead the students in song,
while Principal Karla Toups shared a
special message about the tree
planted in memory of Winner who
passed away on September 10th.
This was the second project for
Winner that Dozier Elementary was
involved in since school began. In
August, the school decided to send
personal messages of love to Mrs.
April in their own voice. By fusing
newly earned technology resources
and their feelings toward their
music teacher, the group decided to
video unique messages using their
new flip video cameras.
When many people think of messages,
the Hallmark saying “When you
care enough to send the very best”
comes to mind.
Dozier's school leaders, faculty
members and students decided on a
unique route to send their messages
of love that even a Hallmark
greeting card could not match.
The school wide video project was
the brain child of Pre K teacher
Ashlie Landry. Principal Karla
Toups commented that “(Ashlie)
Landry and 3rd grade teacher Stacy
Broussard were the two who
spearheaded this unique school wide
During the week of August 23rd,
small flip cameras floated from the
office down each hall for everyone
to film personal “Dozier Loves
You Mrs. Winner” video clips.
Messages emerged in a variety of
ways. Classes sang, others sent
class wide messages, the remainder
relayed individual hellos while
students filmed each other with
their tiny video cameras.
One parent, Christine Hebert shared
a few video clips and photographs
she had taken at one of Winner’s
concerts. All class clips, concert
clips and photos were compiled into
one special DVD and brought to Mrs.
Winner and her family.
Though not a traditional greeting
card, the Dozier group used their
own words and voice to show how much
they cared about Mrs. April. In
short the school feels “they
cared enough to send the very best
when opted to send a part of
a few weeks after the special gift
was delivered, Mrs. April passed
Many Dozier Elementary staff members
and students have stated they
“felt fortunate they had the
privilege of working with her.”
With a goal in mind for both
projects, they were able to share
messages of love for their music
teacher” which obviously came full
circle from April Winner’s own
legacy and the love of music she