On April 21, 2016, I had the privilege to take part in a presentation celebrating the top earning schools in Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools program. This fun celebration took place at Community Coffee’s home office in Baton Rouge.
At the beginning of the presentation, the guests were greeted by the owner of Community Coffee, Matt Saurage. Matt spoke about the 28 year history of the Cash for Schools program and said that the program aimed to create “pathways toward success” for students and schools. Next, I spoke about the impact the program has on our schools and said that it sends the message, “We believe in you.”
Then, the excitement began. Representatives including students, parents, and administrators from the top ten earning schools had been invited to attend. There was much anticipation as the amount for each school’s check was announced. I was amazed to hear the dollar amounts that were being awarded. The top earning school received a check for over $5,000. Amazing! The principal for that school said that their success was due to churches and other members of their community supporting the school’s involvement in the program.
Following the program, the guests were treated to delicious refreshments. As I had the opportunity to speak with the attendees, I enjoyed hearing about the plans each had for the money. From Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Labs to Accelerated Reader (AR) programs, it was clear that the money would indeed help the students “ease on down the road” to success.