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Students work the phones during the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation's annual phonathon.


Local student volunteers helped bring in a record amount of money during the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation’s ninth annual phonathon, held Jan. 29 to Feb. 1.

More than 450 individual donors pledged a total surpassing $105,000, the most in the event’s history. More than 10 percent were first-time donors to LSMSA, a news release said.

Fifty-two student volunteers, along with alumni volunteers in Houston, Austin and Washington, D.C., placed nearly 2,200 phone calls to parents, alumni and other school friends.

“Over the last nine years, the LSMSA Foundation’s phonathon has grown into our largest fundraiser of the year,” Executive Director Angela Robinson said. “It has become a spring tradition at LSMSA and is overwhelmingly successful because of the collective efforts of our student and alumni callers as well as our many alumni and parents who help raise awareness on social media by encouraging classmates and friends to support our school.

Money raised from the phonathon is intended for the foundation’s annual fund, which provides support to the school when and where it needs it most. Past donations have funded new and replacement textbooks, athletic equipment, costumes and set materials for theatrical and dance productions, scientific equipment and mathematics supplies.

Student volunteers included juniors Morgan Phelps and Dakota Trim and senior Emma Shupe, all of Baton Rouge; junior Keatin Dicapo, of Denham Springs; junior Jordan Smith, of Geismar; junior Jada Bezue, of Hammond; and senior Presley Simmons, of Walker.