Paying it forward

rp_web-byars-204x300.jpgHOULKA – The late Jimbo Byars knew the value of education and the people who miss him most want to make sure he continues to leave his mark in academia.

For the second year, two scholarships in honor of the former history teacher and coach at Houlka Attendance Center will be presented at graduation and fundraising efforts are currently underway.
“Last year, two $500 scholarship were given to two seniors graduating from Houlka High School and attending college,” said scholarship committee member Pammie Davidson. “The committee members are in the process of raising money for the fund.”
Members are selling various items including chances on a new bicycle.
“It would be great to win the bike to ride the Tanglefoot Trail,” Davidson said.
Chances are $2 each or three for $5. Red and black bracelets inscribed with the message “Stay Strong, No Excuses” are available for $1 each.
“Stay strong was the saying coach Byars always used with his students and family,” Davidson added.
An alumni baseball and softball games are planned for later in the fall and tax deductible donations may be made through the CREATE Foundation at any time by going online to and selecting the Coach Jimbo Byars Scholarship Fund or by mailing to CREATE, 213 West Main St., Unit 100, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Chances on the bike and bracelets may be purchased at
n Houlka City Hall
n G&T Auto Sales
n Home baseball and softball games
Committee members include Sonja Byars, Davidson, Susan Harmon, Wendy Huiffman, Todd Ivan and coach Jimmy Guy McDonald.
Students who apply for the scholarship are required to write an essay to be reviewed by the committee.

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