Teachers at 13 Ascension Parish schools received Ascension Fund grants to support innovative and creative methods of learning for students, an agency official said.

The nonprofit organization awarded $46,000 in grant funding in its latest round of competitive grants.

A total of 36 grants were awarded this year including 8 School Impact Grants for $2,500 each and 28 Teacher Grants ranging between $500 and $1,000.

“We are fortunate as a parish to have such great and talented teachers. The Ascension Fund is dedicated to supporting our teachers and rewarding those that go above and beyond to create innovative methods to enhance learning in the classroom,” Ascension Fund President Donald Songy said.

The Ascension Fund was established in 1991 as a project of the Rotary Club of Gonzales. Original pledges of $800,000 for the creation of The Ascension Fund were placed in an endowment, the income from which funds the grants, a news release from the agency said.

The fund provided its first grant in 1992 and, since that time, has given more than 1,100 grants representing $1.3 million in awards to area public schools and teachers. The Ascension Fund is guided by a board of directors and the invested funds are overseen by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

Serving on the Board of Directors are President Donald Songy, Vice President Michael Buturla, Secretary Lisa Philippe Dunigan, Treasurer Brad J. Walker, Robyn Penn Delaney, Sherrie Despino, Malcolm J. Dugas Jr., Fritz Englade Sr., Sonny Graugnard, Angela Lambert, Martin McConnell, Dr. Cherron Philippe, Timothy E. Pujol, Paulette Rosamond, Beryl S. Smith, Sam Speligene, Peggy Walker and Buddy Wells.

For information about the grant program or to make a donation to The Ascension Fund, visit www.ascensionfund.com or call (225) 290-3322.