2023 LAPTA Literacy Grant Winners
The LAPTA Board of Directors thoughtfully reviewed the applicants for the four LAPTA $750 Literacy Grants. All of the applicants were wonderful with great ideas and programs to increase literacy at their schools. While we wish we could give every applicant a grant (we actually considered that), the BOD chose those who served the greatest number of their student population as PTA is for every child! Congratulations to our four winners: AC Steere Elementary PTA in Shreveport, Pine View Middle PTA in Covington, Sixth Ward Cardinals PTA in Pearl River, and Shreve Island Elementary PTA in Shreveport! We can't wait to see pictures from and hear about your programs!
2023 LAPTA Reflections Theme Search Winners
Congratulations to the five students with winning Reflections Theme Search entries who are advancing to the National PTA level! The themes are:
"Perfect in My Uniqueness" by Brooklyn
"You are more than ENOUGH" by Aliyah
"Doors open in learning and unleash the unimaginable" by Justin
"We can change the world" by Henry
"We can do more together" by D'Niylah
Do you have a favorite?
2023 Grant Recipients from National PTA
Louisiana had four $1,250 grant recipients from National PTA! Nation-wide, there were 1,200 applicants for 2,600 grant opportunities with $702,500 in funding. Caddo Parish Magnet High PTSA and Lyon Elementary PTA both won the Healthy Lifestyles Grant, Sixth Ward Elementary PTA won the PTA Connected: Ready, Tech, Go Grant, and Mandeville High PTSA won the PTA Connected: Build Up & Belong Grant! We can't want to see what you do with the grant money!
Friends of LAPTA
Friends of LAPTA are sponsors who supports to LAPTA's mission and vision of supporting all children and families. To become a Friend of LAPTA, go to LouisianaPTA.org/friends. Please support our Friends of LAPTA.
Mission Partners are nonprofits or other groups whose focus is to improve the lives of children and whose mission aligns with the PTA mission. These like-minded associations and coalitions might include a teacher or librarian group, foster care, a mental health group, and so many more. To become a Mission Partner or learn more about it, visit LouisianaPTA.org/missionpartners. Current Mission Partners are:
The On Our Sleeves Alliance works to amplify the cause of children’s mental health through the voices and actions of leading corporations, youth-serving organizations and health care organizations across the country. The Alliance works to empower the mental health and wellness of every child in the US, through fundraising and distribution of expert-created resources necessary for breaking stigmas, educating families, and advocates and teaching mental wellness skills. See OnOurSleeves.org for more.
Voter Voice is Louisiana PTA’s new tool to allow our members to speak for every child with one voice more easily and efficiently. This platform provides important information about legislative issues affecting families, schools, and communities and helps members stay informed on the latest updates from Louisiana elected officials. See LouisianaPTA.org/advocate or go to "Take Action" menu and select "Advocate".
The Seymore D'Fair Foundation is an educator-centric non-profit organization that strongly focuses on serving the underserved preadolescent student population at K-6th grade levels. Recognizing the critical importance of early childhood education, the foundation utilizes its expertise and hands-on classroom experience to design highly effective awareness, education, and prevention initiatives tailored to this specific demographic. The world-renowned Seymore D'Fair, the foundation's brand ambassador, is at the heart of our efforts. Through the combination of engaging content and a recognizable costume and cartoon character, Seymore D'Fair creates a formidable program that resonates with our target student demographic. This unique approach captivates and empowers young minds, making drug awareness and prevention engaging and relatable. Our core mission revolves around fostering collaboration with like-minded organizations to maximize the impact of our initiatives. We firmly believe in the power of partnerships and actively seek synergies with local, state, and national partners to drive positive change in communities across Louisiana and America. Central to our work is the acclaimed "Kiki's Red Ribbon School Celebration" program, a powerful in-school prevention initiative that runs concurrently with the National Red Ribbon Week Campaign. Through this program, we instill crucial life skills in students, promoting a drug-free lifestyle from an early age and setting the foundation for a healthier future. With unwavering dedication and the support of our valued partners, the Seymore D'Fair Foundation remains steadfast in its mission to build a healthier, safer, and drug-free future for the children and youth of Louisiana and America. Together, we strive to create a lasting impact, empowering the next generation to make informed and positive choices, thus fostering a brighter tomorrow for us all.
The Children & Youth Prevention Coalition of St. Tammany (CYCST) is a dynamic and passionate community-driven coalition committed to promoting the well-being and safety of children and youth in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Our focus revolves around drug prevention, education, and building a supportive network to address the unique challenges faced by our young generation. Our mission is to empower children and youth with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to make positive life choices and lead a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Through innovative programs, initiatives, and strategic partnerships, we strive to create a nurturing environment that fosters resilience and instills values that inspire lifelong success. As a united force, the CYCST collaborates with various stakeholders, including educators, parents, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and community leaders. By leveraging diverse expertise and resources, we aim to implement evidence-based prevention strategies and interventions that make a lasting impact on the lives of our youth. Central to our efforts is our commitment to networking and collaboration with other coalitions and organizations across Louisiana. By uniting forces with like-minded partners, we expand our reach and effectiveness, ensuring a comprehensive approach to addressing substance abuse challenges and promoting mental well-being among our young community members. The Children & Youth Prevention Coalition of St. Tammany envisions a future where every child and youth can thrive, free from the detrimental effects of substance abuse. Together, we continue to build a stronger, safer, and more resilient St. Tammany Parish, where our youth can fulfill their potential and lead fulfilling lives.
Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families: As a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to giving Louisiana children a voice for a better life and to influencing public policy and educating parents, they ensure the best services are provided for the children. Improving a child's education, health, and welfare actually improves the quality of life for all, now and in the future. See louisianapartnership.wildapricot.org for more.