THE ACCESS TO EDUCATION PROGRAM FACILITATES POSITIVE AND EQUITABLE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN IN GRADES K-12.
Louisiana Appleseed's Access to Education Program facilitates positive and equitable learning environments for public school children in grades K-12. Initially prompted by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Louisiana Appleseed immediately saw the need to ensure children had access to education in public schools. Many students were immediately homeless and required the assistance of advocates to facilitate their reentry to school. As the landscape of public education changed with the introduction of charter schools, Louisiana Appleseed stepped up to assist these schools with information that became pivotal in general operations and compliance. As the program has developed, more resources have expanded the program to ensure children also have access to nutritional breakfasts and lunches, which places children in their best capacity to learn. Louisiana Appleseed supports access to public K-12 institutions that foster a positive and safe environment in which children can thrive.
Food Research Action Center, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Pennington Family Foundation, Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana Food Bank Association, Louisiana Budget Project, Allison Tiller, The Booth-Bricker Fund, The Frost Foundation Ltd, Pro Bono Publico Foundation, RosaMary Foundation, New Schools for New Orleans, Board on Track, UNITY, Salvation Army, Junior League of New Orleans, Scott S. Cowen Institute, KIPP Charter Schools, New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee, New Orleans No Kid Hungry, Orleans Parish Recovery School District, Prevention Research Center at Tulane University, Propeller
EDUCATION IN LOUISIANA
Louisiana Appleseed projects have assisted homeless youth following disasters back into schools, ensured children are fed, and provided resources to the emerging charter school network of Louisiana.