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Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards recognizes Louisiana teachers, helps award Education Grants Funded by Cox Employees

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Louisiana’s First Lady Donna Edwards recognized Louisiana teachers as part of the Cox Innovation in Education Grants on July 28, 2020, in a virtual awards ceremony.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 4:13 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA – Louisiana’s First Lady Donna Edwards recognized Louisiana teachers as part of the Cox Innovation in Education Grants on July 28, 2020, in a virtual awards ceremony. Mrs. Edwards encouraged teachers to continue with their innovation as they enter the 2020/2021 school year. “From Westwego, to Baton Rouge, St. Martinville and New Orleans, educators this year have challenged themselves to innovate and develop K-12 programs like Outdoor Urban Gardens, Drone Programming for Education, and Reflex Mathematics,” said First Lady Donna Edwards. “These programs and others like them will reach multiple grade levels and disciplines and impact student performance in many positive ways.”
Cox Communications employees donated $38,893.00 throughout Louisiana and $5,500 in Acadiana.
Branded under the theme “Give Where You Live,” the unique, employee-giving campaign launched in 2015 in Cox’s Southeast Region, which includes: Acadiana, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Florida’s Gulf Coast, Central Florida and Middle Georgia. Dollars raised in each market stay in the market in which they were generated via payroll deduction. Funds raised by local, Acadiana employees benefit programs in Cox-serviceable areas within Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes. To date, Cox Employees have donated more than $640,000 to teachers and non-profit organizations in the Southeast Region.
In Acadiana, Cox Charities Advisory Council members reviewed grant applications and chose the following schools as recipients of this year’s Innovation in Education grants:
- Ovey Comeaux High School (Lafayette Parish)
- Magnolia Elementary (Iberia Parish)
- James A. Herod Elementary (Vermilion Parish)
- St. Martinville Prinary (St. Martin Parish)
“Not only is every dollar of the Cox Charities grants generated directly from the paychecks of generous, caring Cox employees, but a local team of employees reads through every application and determines how the dollars will be best invested to impact positive change in the communities we serve” said Anthony Pope, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Southeast.
Cox Charities was created to strengthen Cox communities by supporting programs in the areas of education, technology, social issues, conservation and the arts. Funds are distributed in the form of Community Investment grants and Innovation in Education grants. Cox Charities does not replace the company’s regular giving and sponsorships; rather, it’s designed to supplement philanthropy efforts and involve employees in the decision-making process.

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