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EATEL Awards Ascension Teachers with $5,000 in “Reach a Kid, Teach a Kid” Grants

GONZALES, LA – Ten Ascension Parish teachers have received $500 each in grant money from EATEL to support innovative teaching methods that are designed to engage students in their classrooms. EATEL’s annual “Reach a Kid, Teach a Kid” grants were judged this year by a committee comprised of EATEL’s own Beryl Smith and Lyman Abadie, along with Angelle Deshautelles, Executive Director for Ascension Parish Libraries, and Sherry Denig, Executive Director for Volunteer Ascension.

For over 17 years, the EATEL Reach a Kid, Teach a Kid grant program has helped fund unique projects in local schools, impacting hundreds of primary, middle and high school students every year. To date, EATEL has awarded more than $85,000 in teacher grants.

“EATEL is proud to be able to help one of the most valuable resources in our community: our teachers,” said Toby DuBois, EATEL Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re glad that our ‘Reach a Kid, Teach a Kid’ grants are able to fund creative thinking in local classrooms which supports Ascension Parish schools’ ability to shine.”

EATEL hosted a ceremony on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, in their lobby to honor this year’s grantees. Attending in support of these winning teachers were their school principals, friends and family members as well as Ascension Superintendent of Schools Patrice Pujol, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Steve Westbrook, Director of Secondary Schools David Alexander, Supervisor of Secondary Education Lisa Bacala, and Supervisor of Career & Technical Education Ronda Mathews.

“It’s just so exciting to have some of our very best teachers, with their creative ideas and passion for our kids, show their willingness to go that extra mile,” said Dr. Patrice Pujol, Ed.D., Superintendent of Ascension Parish Schools. “And we can’t thank EATEL enough for their commitment to continuing the funding of these teacher grants because our students are the ones who profit.”