Entergy grants $22,500 to educational program _lowres

Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- Gathered recently to celebrate Entergy Louisiana’s support for Southeastern Louisiana University’s Project Lion, from left, are Entergy representatives Eunice Harris, Tangipahoa customer service representative; Regional Manager of Customer Service Dane Smith; Entergy Louisiana President Phillip R. May; SLU President John L. Crain; Gerlinde Beckers, assistant professor of education and project advisor; Shirley Jacobs, dean of the College of Education; and Southeastern Director of Individual, Corporate and Foundation Relations Lynn Horgan.

The Entergy Charitable Foundation recently presented a $22,500 grant to a Hammond after-school educational program sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Teaching and Learning and several other sponsors.

The grant will be used with Project Lion , a community partnership that provides affordable after-school academic and enrichment activities for students in grades four through eight, SLU assistant professor and project coordinator Gerlinde Beckers said.

Programming will focus on academic performance, school engagement and personal and social skills. The grant will help provide fee waivers to allow broad participation among low-income students with low educational attainment levels, a news release said.

Project Lion is expected to serve about 180 middle school students. The initial location is Hammond Community Center on Coleman Street; additional locations will be announced at a later date.

Other partners on the project include the Hammond Youth Education Alliance, the city of Hammond and the Tangipahoa Parish School System.

For information on Project Lion, call (985) 549-3030.