Applications being accepted for EATEL?grants

Staff reports

Kicking off the new school year, EATEL’s Imagination Press Book Grant is back. EATEL is inviting local second-, third- and fourth-grade teachers in the Ascension Parish Public School System to apply for one of 12 Imagination Press Book grants. Winning classes write their own stories, design their own art, prepare their books for publication and, in conjunction with Internet-based photo book publisher Picaboo, EATEL publishes their work into their own hardbound book.

Imagination Press applications are currently being accepted and can be found online at All entries will be judged on concept originality and creativity, and the project submission deadline is Friday, September 23. Teachers may submit one grant application for each class or section taught. A teacher applying for multiple grants may submit a unique idea with each grant submission.

Students in each class will receive a copy of their book to share with family and friends and keep as a memento from their school year. A copy of their book will also be given to each school’s library for other students to enjoy.

Introduced in December 2005, Picaboo has become the premier photo book application, making it simple and fun to create, share and buy high-quality photo books.  The company’s free book-making software empowers people at any skill-level to create one-of-a-kind photo books they will treasure forever with an intuitive, clean interface and unmatched creative flexibility.  Picaboo is made up of a team of experienced Internet and consumer products entrepreneurs who are passionate about digital photography and memory preservation.  Picaboo is based in Palo Alto, California and can be found on the Web at

EATEL was the first company in South Louisiana to provide phone, Internet and TV services to Ascension and lower Livingston residents over an all-fiber communications network that offers a broad array of digital programming, including 71 high-definition channels and hundreds of on-demand titles. Founded in 1935, this year marks EATEL’s 75th anniversary as a service provider and leader in Ascension.