Since 2000, EATEL has been the school adoptor of Gonzales Primary Schoool, donating nearly $15,000 for school initiatives. EATEL employees volunteer at school events and are able to assist the faculty with school programs and fundraisers.
Established in 1991, the Ascension Fund was started to promote teaching excellence and fund creative and innovative classroom activities in Ascension Parish schools. EATEL donated $50,000 to begin the fund and, after 15 years, it has generated over $950,000 in funding dollars. The resources make a difference in the classroom by enhancing the learning experience and making the curriculum more fun and interesting. Applications for the Ascension Fund are submitted each January and evaluated by teams of readers representing the community, local businesses and educators.
EATEL donated over $20,000 to help create a digital media curriculum in local high schools. The program initially launched at Dutchtown and East Ascension high schools and later expanded to St. Amant. The curriculum digital photography and digital video components, with a focus not only on building these technical skills, but also on helping students cultivate critical thinking abilities.
For more than nine years, the River Parishes Community College Foundation, Inc. Golf Scramble has been raising funds to support higher education in our community. Each year the Foundation awards $14,000 in merit-based scholarships to eligible RPCC students.
EATEL is a proud sign and scoreboard sponsor at many area schools and highlights local athletic events on EATEL Channel 4 with our Game of the Week program.
The Annual Spartan-Gator Tailgate Shout-Out helps raise funds that are shared by East Ascension and St. Amant booster clubs to fund programs at both schools. EATEL has been a significant corporate sponsor of this event in recent years.
Every year EATEL honors the exceptional teachers and support staff members chosen for the annual Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year awards by the Ascension Parish School System.