Lafayette schools receive $10,000

The giving nature of Lafayette Parish residents helped the Lafayette Parish School System receive a $10,000 donation from the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving program.

In April, the nonprofit organization held a food donation competition at Wal-Mart stores across the country asking customers to donate breakfast food items that would be used to support local students.

The school district was one of four in the country that received a $10,000 award for collecting the most donated items at a single store.

The school district plans to use the money for summer programming.

“This is great news for the students that we serve in the summer months,” said Mary Speyer, the school system’s federal programs coordinator.

“The additional resources will assist our district in providing much needed programming for our eligible students.”

Harvest fest at Willow Charter on Thursday

Willow Charter Academy will hold a community harvest festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the school, 1818 Evangeline Thruway.

The harvest festival features games, food and a picture booth.

Tickets are $7 and the event is open to the public.

Willow Charter Academy is a free public charter school operated by National Heritage Academies that opened in August for grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

Compiled from Advocate Acadiana staff reports