License plates support French education scholarship program
LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) — State Representative Mike Huval along with state Senator Fred Mills unveiled the brand new "I'm Cajun...and Proud" license plates this morning in Breaux Bridge. House Bill 147 created the specialty plates and was passed in the state legislature this summer. Joining the ceremony today were teachers and students in the area with the French-immersion program, who will ultimately benefit from the profits of the plates through scholarships from CODOFIL, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana.
"We're losing the French langauge here for no other reason than it wasn't being practiced so fortunately the French-immersion program came to Acadiana. What I'm hoping is that through this bill it not only stays and continues to do well here, but maybe in my lifetime I can see it go beyond this area. Maybe it will go to Baton Rouge, maybe it will go back to Alexandria so it's a continuation what we're hoping to start here," says Rep. Mike Huval, state Representative, Breaux Bridge.
The annual fee for the plates is fifteen dollars. Proceeds will help fund scholarships distributed by CODOFIL, which helps promote the French language in the state.