Tanger Outlets awards grants to local schools

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Tanger Outlets Office Administrator Katelynn Fontenot, teachers Courtney Vincent and Selby Boriel, Principal Mia Edwards, Tanger Outlets General Manager Jeanne St. Germain

anger Outlets in Gonzales announced nine schools (11 teachers) in Ascension Parish as this year’s recipients of a TangerKIDS Grant. In keeping with Tanger Outlets’ mission to support the future of our children, the TangerKIDS Grants program is designed to award grant money to local schools in the communities where Tanger Outlet Centers are located. Grants awarded this month will benefit schools for the 2017-18 school year.

This year’s recipients in Ascension Parish are:

  • Dutchtown High School - $1500

  • Gonzales Middle School - $1,038

  • Ascension Catholic Primary School - $550

  • Lowery Elementary - $1,000

  • Prairieville Primary School - $1200

  • Lake Elementary - $580

  • Galvez Middle School - $1,600

  • Galvez Primary School - $1200

  • St. Amant High School - $1500

A substantial part of our mission at Tanger Outlets is to contribute positively to the communities in which we operate,” said Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tanger Outlets. “A high quality education is instrumental to enhancing our communities and we are proud to once again give back to these remarkable schools as part of our efforts to support students and educators across the country.”

Several local schools were affected by the flooding in August forcing them to temporarily share campuses with neighboring schools that weren’t damaged.

In her 25th year of teaching, science teacher Dawn Perret at Galvez Middle School lost science materials, lab equipment and personal supplies. While accepting the grant funds, Perret stated, “The first purchase with the grant money will be solar eclipse glasses for the August 21st eclipse. My kids will be so excited!”

After sharing a classroom at another school for part of the year, Lake Elementary teacher Skylar Laiche, saw what technology used there could do for her students. She will be able to provide students with tools to increase fluency of math and reading skills.

St. Amant High will be replacing theater monolog books lost in the floods, and also add two cameras to the one servicing their growing broadcast journalism program. Selby Boriel, Theater teacher, said, “It has been challenging for them all to share the supplies they have.” Journalism teacher Courtney Vincent commented, “This is a great way to end the school year!”

These are just a few examples of the many needs being met with the TangerKIDS Grants across the entire parish in support of local education.

For every coupon book sold, Tanger gives one dollar to the TangerKIDS Grants program which is designed to assist schools in Tanger Outlets’ primary markets by providing grants for special projects, needed programs or equipment. Grants can also support groups within schools of all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12. These grants are offered to multiple schools at each of Tanger’s 39 centers in the United States.