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Zachary, LA: 1 of 10 Best Towns for Family

From: Family Circle Magazine

Article: 10 Best Towns for Families: 2012

Author: By Seema Nayyar

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Zachary, Louisiana

Jennifer and Nick Carr were high school sweethearts who didn't plan on staying in this Baton Rouge suburb when they married in 1996. Then came the kids—Ryleigh, 14, Peyton, 12, and Eli, 9—and they realized that Zachary was too good to give up. "The schools were wonderful when I attended, but they're simply amazing now," says Jennifer, 39, a hairstylist. The district has been rated the best in Louisiana for the last seven years and was the only one to receive an A rating from the state in 2011.

Jennifer and Nick, 38, a pipeline operator, give much of the credit to dedicated teachers who tailor instruction to each student's needs. And when Peyton required reading and math intervention in third grade, for example, her school paid for summer tutoring. And the Carrs love Zachary's family-friendly lifestyle. They're regulars at the annual Christmas parade (Jen's parents are Santa and Mrs. Claus) and at Zfest, a four-day music and arts celebration in March. "Whether we're blueberry picking, having crawfish boils or going to Friday night football games," says Jennifer, "I'm just so thankful we're here."

Good Deeds: The Zachary Men's Club, which owns 11 acres of property in town, decided to put its land to better use three years ago by planting a community garden that provides fresh vegetables to the town's senior citizens, military families and the local food bank.Start writing your post here. You can insert images and videos by clicking on the icons above.

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