Aline Carambat / Houma Courier
Terrebonne teachers struggling to equip their classrooms with essential supplies could get some relief this school year.
The Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence and Stephanie Hebert Insurance Agency teamed up to help provide qualifying teachers with grants of up to $500 to help stock their classrooms.
'Teachers make such a big difference in the lives of their students, so we want to help them continue to do just that by making sure they have the classroom well prepared with the necessary tools to excel,' Stephanie Hebert said.
The foundation created the grant several years ago after taking into consideration the financial drain of buying supplies on a teacher's budget, Executive Director Yolanda Trahan said.
'Oftentimes, teachers have to reach into their own pockets to buy items that they need throughout the school year, and not all of them can afford to do that, especially new teachers,' Trahan said.
Any full-time educator working at a Terrebonne Parish public school can apply. That includes art, music, physical education and classroom teachers as well as librarians and guidance counselors.
To be eligible, you must have three or fewer years of teaching experience or be teaching a new subject or grade level in the fall. The application deadline is Aug. 8. Winners will be notified the first week of September.
Grant recipients can use the money to buy paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, electric pencil sharpeners, bulletin board materials, storage containers, markers, crayons, dry erase boards and calculators, Trahan added. However, the grant does not cover technology or items other than office supplies.
'The grant basically supplies items that will help them get their classroom up and running. It is not intended for anything other than setting up office space and items that help keep classrooms organized,' she added.
To apply, go to www.tfae.org. Anyone interested in donating money to help pay for grants can go to www.gofundme.com/TeachingTools.
Staff Writer Aline Carambat can be reached at 850-1148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.