Student’s legacy lives on in endowment fund _lowres

Claire Carline

The Ascension Fund recently announced the Claire Carline Memorial Endowment Fund, which will provide grants to Ascension Parish public school teachers to provide creative and innovative methods of learning in the classroom.

The endowment was created at the request of friends of the Carline family in memory of Claire Alyssa Carline, who died in a car accident in December 2014 on her way to school, a news release said.

Carline, of Prairieville, was an honor student at Dutchtown High School and attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

“At only 15 years old, Claire had a very loving and helpful heart,” said Carline’s mother, Lisa Carline. “She enjoyed her friends and would often spend her weekends tutoring anyone who would ask. She could see the potential in others, even when they did not.”

Lisa Carline said her daughter also had a love and talent for art, spending many hours drawing.

“Having this memorial grant in Claire’s name will allow her to continue her kindness and generosity that she lived on a daily basis, and help those students to whom she unselfishly gave her time, through her art, tutoring and mentoring. It is a fitting tribute to a precious girl who gave so much of herself and a perfect avenue for her to forever be able to give,” Ascension Fund board member Michael Buturla said.

Donations to the endowment fund should be made payable to The Ascension Fund and mailed to The Ascension Fund, 117 W. Ascension St., Gonzales, LA 70737 or made online at

For information, call Jennifer deFrances at (225) 290-3322.