EATEL Announces $500 Grant Awards, Supporting Ascension Parish Teachers

“Reach-A-Kid, Teach-A-Kid” Grant Program Accepting Applications through Sept. 23

Gonzales, LA – September 9, 2019 - EATEL, Gonzales-based local communications provider, is seeking nominations for the 2019 ‘Reach-A-Kid, Teach-A-Kid’ grant program through Monday, September 23, 2019. The program will award a total of ten teachers across Ascension Parish with $500 to implement innovative and creative classroom projects that encourage students’ learning.

For over 20 years, the program has helped fund a variety of projects in the local school system. Totaling over $100,000 to date and reaching all grade levels, K-12, this grant opens the doors to creative thinking for students and teachers.

“It’s important for us to support our community,” says Josh Descant, President of EATEL. “There’s no better way for us to invest in our future than to support education. We are proud to offer this program to empower teachers to do what they do best, inspire our children through creativity.” To submit an application, please visit

2018 Winners Include:

  • Alycia Patty - Dutchtown Primary School, Project: Classroom Corner
  • Carla Babin - Gonzales Middle School, Project: Innovative & Sensory Arts
  • Amy Roddy - Lake Elementary School, Project: Math Counts
  • Melanie Guillory - Spanish Lake Primary, Project: The Building Blocks of Learning
  • Jane’ Gabriel - Gonzales Primary School, Project: Eureka Math Manipulatives
  • Bess Melancon - St. Amant High School, Career Confidence & Community Connections
  • Eric Brownfield - East Ascension High School, Breakout EDU: It’s Time for Something Different
  • Brooke Todd - Dutchtown Middle School, Project: Stock the Lab
  • Roxie Ducote - Gonzales Primary School, Project: Adventure Bears
  • Tanya Painter - Pecan Grove Primary, Project: Hear Me Out!

About EATEL Established in 1935 in Gonzales, Louisiana, EATEL was the first company in Louisiana to provide phone, high-Speed Internet and cable television services over a state-of-the-art, all-fiber communications

network that offers a broad array of advanced digital services to both residential and business customers and currently operates the only Uptime Institute Certified Tier III data center in Louisiana. EATEL is the leading telecommunications service provider in several communities in Southeast Louisiana. To learn more about EATEL, visit