Classroom of tablets up for grabs in contest

A full classroom set of electronic tablets is up for grabs, thanks to a grant from the Pugh Family Foundation in partnership with the Lafayette Education Foundation.

The merit-based Innovation in Technology Challenge is open to all Lafayette Parish public, private, parochial and charter school teachers.

Initial applications must be received by May 31, and the staff of both foundations will select five finalists who create a presentation on how they plan to use the devices in an innovative way in the classroom.

Winners will be selected in July.

Applications can be found at

Milton Elementary teacher recognized

Angel Rodrigue, a first-grade teacher at Milton Elementary, received an award from Booksource to purchase reading materials for her classroom.

Rodrigue was chosen from hundreds of teachers nominated for this award as one of the five award recipients, Elette Meaux, local Booksource representative, said in a news release.

Rodrigue was nominated for the award by Lafayette Parish School System English language arts specialist Stephane Bordelon, who called Rodrigue a “dynamic, dedicated, child-centered” teacher.

“Her devotion to ensuring every student in her classroom makes a year’s growth in a year’s time is the standard under which she operates,” Bordelon said in a news release. “She prides herself in being able to differentiate instruction and meet the individual needs of each student entrusted to her care.”

Rodrigue also will be featured during Teacher Appreciation Week on the Booksource blog at