Private Christian School to Open Satellite Location in Sabine Parish Next Month

MANY, La – Red River Parish private school, Magnolia Bend Academy, has announced the opening of a new location in Many, Louisiana with a tentative opening date set for next month. 

The Sabine Parish Journal reached out to Crystal Cummins, founder of the Magnolia Bend Academy, to ask what led to her decision to expand the school into Sabine Parish. Cummins was quoted saying;

“Over the past year I have received countless calls, emails, and visits from parents who are looking for an alternative to traditional public school. Here at Magnolia Bend, we offer a Christian curriculum where parents can have an input into the student’s education. We have had an outpouring of requests from the parents of Sabine Parish wanting this type of education for their children. After careful consideration and countless prayers, we have decided to heed this call and move forward with establishing an Abeka based homeschool program in Many. We are all excited to expand with this satellite location and providing this opportunity to the parents and students in Sabine parish.”

This news comes after a rise in unrest and disagreement regarding the recent mask mandate implemented by the Governor. Parents within the parish have recently expressed their concerns publicly with the mandated masks for school aged children, and  feel as though their rights to determine the best course of action regarding the medical and educational needs of their children has been infringed upon by the Governor within the past year. Because of this growing concern by parents, one local mom, Kresha Matkin,  has become somewhat of a voice for these parents. In fact, Matkin made the announcement of the new location in a Facebook group originally created to connect parents who have felt uneasy through COVID restrictions and mandates they feel have been forced on schools by the Governors office. 

The opening of the new satellite location for Magnolia Bend Academy will provide students and parents of all circumstances additional options when it comes to their education. 

For full details of the tuition costs, class dates, school breaks, and with any questions, parents can email the school at

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