Lafayette Middle School received a $25,000 boost from Stone Energy Corp. and the company’s employees to help beautify the campus and renovate its auditorium.

The company’s donation is part of its ongoing commitment to provide landscaping and other improvements, such as fencing, to promote school and neighborhood pride, said Dave Welch, president and CEO of Stone Energy, an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company headquartered in Lafayette.

“I want to encourage other companies to become involved,” Welch said. “It’s amazing what you can do with a little money and a lot of work.”

Welch and his company were recognized for their donation during a short ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the school’s newly renovated auditorium.

It’s the third campus beautification project the company has helped fund. The other two were at Northside High and N.P. Moss Preparatory schools.

Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel said the project exemplifies what the city is trying to accomplish through its Project Front Yard beautification effort.

“You’re helping to instill in the kids a sense of place and a sense of pride,” Durel said.

Lafayette Middle School principal Donald Thornton said the improved look “outside the school walls” now reflects the good work going on within the school’s walls.

Welch said his company plans a project at another school in the next school year, and its employees are also exploring an “adopt-a-school” concept where volunteers will commit time to a school.

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