EATEL helps bring innovative lessons into the classroom with grant

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

   Imaginative educational programs are an essential component to engaging students in the classroom. As teachers develop creative teaching methods, students’ learning and excitement fuels their learning experience. These innovative educators play a significant role in making Ascension Parish schools some of the best in the state.  To assist these academic leaders, EATEL created the “Reach a Kid, Teach a Kid” grant to fund inventive academic lessons in Ascension schools. The program offers ten $500 grants for teachers to implement creative projects that enhance classroom learning.

   “Over the past decade, ‘Reach a Kid, Teach a Kid’ has provided more than 100 educators with grants to support unique, educationally based projects in local schools,” said Trae Russell, EATEL’s communications manager. “With these grants, we hope to continue to provide area teachers with additional resources that will inspire students and make a significant impact on their lives.”

   Any public, private or parochial kindergarten, elementary, middle or high school teacher whose school is located in Ascension Parish is eligible for one of the ten grants. Submissions are currently being accepted and the deadline to submit applications is Jan. 10, 2011. Winners will be notified on Jan. 28, 2011 for implementation during the 2010-2011 school year.

  Applications can be submitted online at The required information includes a project description, needs fulfillment and student benefits. Submissions are awarded on creativity in meeting a specific curriculum challenge. Projects must also produce measurable learning benefits for the students involved.