Model Grants

LEF’s Model Grants Program includes grants in the following areas and is based upon available funding:

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social/Emotional

Model Grants are those which have already been successfully implemented in classrooms and can be duplicated to benefit other students throughout the parish. A simple application process prevents the educator from having to “reinvent the wheel,” and fosters the sharing of best practices.

Current Model Grants:

Hi-Lo Books for Reading Success

The goal of “Hi-Lo Books for Reading Success” is to identify students who are reading two or more years below grade level and to increase their reading level by one and half years by the end of the school year. This program provides high interest, low reading level books and was created by a Lafayette Parish educator. The program was originally implemented at Broussard Middle in 2013 as a Classroom Grant for the 8th grade. Within one school year, 90% of students met or exceeded their STAR Scaled Goal for the year. 85% of students improved their reading level by one academic year or more. 89% improved their scale score on the LEAP test. On average, students read 15 more books than they read during the previous year. Due to the success of the grant it was then implemented school wide at Edgar Martin Middle School with tremendous success, thanks to the generosity of the Pugh Family Foundation. LEF, with help from Capital One Bank, brought the model grant to Acadiana Middle, Carencro Middle, Lafayette Middle, and Scott Middle schools in the 2017-2018 school year.

Matching Struggling Readers with Books that Fit

“Matching Struggling Readers with Books that Fit” is an effective program developed by a Lafayette Parish educator with the goal to increase the percentage of students reading on or above grade level by third grade. By providing research-based leveled texts for reading instruction, tutoring, and reading practice at home, we are successfully increasing the number of students reading on or above grade level. Beginning in the fall of 2007, LEF assisted thirteen schools with the help of a $100,000 grant from Capital One Bank. By the end of the second school year, test results indicated 89%-94% of their second grade students were reading on or above grade level. Prior to the implementation, only 3 of the 13 schools reported reading scores above 80%. ALL schools showed an improvement; some as much as 33%. Through the help of our donors, LEF was able to continue aiding in the development of the youth’s reading skills. Truman Early Childhood Education Center received funding for this Model Grant for the 2016-2017 school year, thanks to the generosity of the Democratic Party Executive Committee of Lafayette. Since it’s inception, this Reading Initiative has awarded over $146,000 in funding and reached over 12,000 students in 21 schools across Lafayette Parish.

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