A press conference was held today to commemorate the launch of United Way’s Adopt-A-School program.
The partnership with the Lafayette Parish School System is designed to have the community provide more resources that are needed in public schools.
The United Way created the Adopt-A-School program to mobilizes and foster a grassroots connection between schools and the business and private sectors of Lafayette Parish.
The goal is to have Lafayette residents invest time into the schools that will not only help shape the students future, but also the community’s future.
“Adopting a school is where a business, a church, a civic group, or an individual can align themselves with a school and offer resources, volunteer time, and assistance that the school might need.” said United Way of Acadiana President and CEO Margaret Trahan.
Resources are not just about the money that’s given to help the schools with financial needs, it’s also about investing time and sharing knowledge that benefits students going forward not only in school, but also in life.
“You know it’s not just money. For instance a bank might come in and help teach money management skills or you might have a healthcare company come in and talk about health related issues.” said Trahan.
“So there is all sorts of ways to be involved.”
Superintendent Dr.Donald Aguillard says when trying to get the Lafayette Parish School System to reach it’s highest potential, it take sthe support for those in the community to reach the ultimate goal of becoming the top rated school system Lafayette is striving for.
“We want the highest quality public school system in the Lafayette Parish community.” said Dr.Aguillard.
“I think that it is going to take all stakeholders coming together and being part of the process to rebuild and reenergize to really lift the Lafayette Parish School System up to becoming an A-rated school system.”
At the end of the day, the relationship that volunteers form with the schools they dedicate time to is not only beneficial to the students and their campus, but it is also beneficial for adults in the community to see just what the schools can offer with the right tools.
“It’s a psymbionic relationship. It’s good for the adults to see what can be possible when we have high quality educational services and it’s good for children to understand that the adults really do care about their future.” said Dr.Aguillard.
If you would like to learn more about how you can be involved with the Adopt-A-School program you can visit UnitedWayofAcadiana.org.