Eatel, VeraPro, and Ascension Parish Schools officials met to mark the donation of devices that were given away to local families in mid-December 2021. They are, from left, Eatel Community Relations and Business Development Manager Monika Arnold, VeraPro Director of Technology and Operations Joshua Jones, Ascension Director of Information Technology Darby Lambert, Ascension Supervisor of Child Nutrition Leuna Johnson, VeraPro CEO Casey Weber, Ascension 'Santa' Kennie Ridgedell, and Eatel Community Relations and Business Development Director Jeremy Theriot.

A holiday surprise came a little early for eight lucky families who completed the Education Benefits Application over the summer and fall. The mid-December drawings were held for three pairs of Apple AirPods donated by VeraPro and five Chromebooks donated by Eatel.

"Over the past three years, we have worked diligently to accurately report our student enrollment records to the Louisiana Department of Education, despite the challenges of COVID-19. This effort has been critical in maximizing our district's funding from the state, specifically the Minimum Foundation Program funds," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander.

"Incentives provided by business partners like EATEL and VeraPro are valuable ways to promote participation. It is a win for all involved."

In addition to assisting the school district, families who complete the annual application can also be eligible for additional benefits including Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer, discounted home internet services, and ACT testing waivers.

Winners of the drawings for either AirPods and Chromebooks will be contacted directly by Ascension's Information Technology Department. Those wishing to be eligible for future incentives can still complete an application online at