New Orleans’ consistently top academic performing elementary school, Lake Forest Charter School, likes to say its students are “at-promise” thanks to its leadership team’s focus on student excellence and the strong support from its parents and volunteers.
Sylvester Johnson, Community Liaison for the public charter school in New Orleans East, said this intense pride in the school’s students is bolstered by AT&T’s announcement to join the October 12th Cocktails and Blues Gala as one of the event’s signature $20,000 sponsors.
In addition, AT&T announced it will give an additional $16,000 grant to support the school’s students with arts and cultural experiences specific to New Orleans.
Lake Forest’s Board of Directors, Founding Chief Executive Officer, Mardele S. Early, and the Parent’s Committee wished to specifically thank AT&T Louisiana’s Regional Director Michael Ruffin and AVP of External & Legislative Affairs David Aubrey for their support.
“There is no doubt our school is driven by our vision to invest in our students as tomorrow’s leaders. AT&T’s investment in our work allows our school to continue to evolve and excel.” said Ms. Gina Dupart, Board President.
This year’s Cocktails & Blues event on Oct. 12 features T-Ray the violinist and Rechell Cook & the Regeneration Band. The Patron Party and Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the Silent Auction and Gala continue into the evening beginning at 8 p.m. at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
AT&T said it wanted to celebrate the school’s academic achievements with students, parents, and supporters since its exemplary test scores and flourishing extracurricular programs exemplify the type of education programs the corporate leader hopes to see more of in New Orleans.
Mr. Johnson said the investment will help develop Lake Forest students as global leaders by adding supplemental dollars to the school’s instructional programs, as well as comprehensive sports, music and arts programs.
“In so many ways, this makes it easier for us to be able to concentrate on the education our children,” said Ms. Early. “Contributions like this help our school truly focus on what matters most.”
PICTURED: Lake Forest Charter receives a $20,000 donation to its annual Cocktails & Blues event from AT&T. The school also received a $16,000 grant from AT&T to support its arts programs. Pictured left to right: Lake Forest Charter School Board President Gina Dupart, Lake Forest Charter School 6th grader Dinah Smith, LFC 2nd grader Peter Hamilton, LFC parent Hon. Nakisha Ervin-Knott, LFC 8th grader Dylan Knott, LFC Founding CEO Mardele Early, and Michael Ruffin with AT&T.