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United Way of Acadiana



HIGH SCHOOL ON TIME IN A SINGLE YEAR, MORE THAN 47,000 PEOPLE ENGAGED AS PART OF THE UNITED WAY OF ACADIANA MOVEMENT FOR EDUCATION. These connections include directly serving 45,469 children with valuable programming, books, school supplies, mentors and readers. The movement has activated 1,890 citizens who care about ensuring children have what they need to be successful. They give resources, donate time, learn more as parents and/or advocate on key developments impacting Education in Acadiana.



MOBILIZING RESOURCES UWA PROGRAMMING & PACT PARTNERSHIPS FOR EDUCATION In 2018, United Way of Acadiana’s partnerships through PACT Grants reached 5,542 students in Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes. A total of $259,250 in PACT Grants supported 13 distinct programs, managed by 12 organizations. These funded partnerships provided support to children in all four parishes of our service area.

• SCHOOL READINESS • KIDS ON TRACK • ENHANCING ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN Services and activities of funded programs are delivered directly to students by PACT partners. Data is collected quarterly from each partner and analyzed along with data from UWA direct service programs to measure overall impact.


UWA’s direct service and funded programs align with evidence-based strategies, based on research that shows that early intervention and high quality experiences can make some of the most significant differences for children to find pathways to success and, ultimately, to on-time high school graduation. Among some of the strongest predictors of success in school include early social and emotional development (prior to school-age), early grade literacy (particularly by 3rd grade), and strong socio-emotional skills and good attendance in schools.

As part of our strategic goal to help more youth graduate on time, UWA maximizes impact toward this end through the following research-based components:



PACT SUCCESS STORY: Reading Readiness Big Brothers Big Sisters Research Based Component: Kids on Track Lydia is a 5th grade, French immersion student at Prairie Elementary School in Lafayette Parish. Lydia struggled with her selfesteem, reading, and peer relationships. Her school counselor recognized her potential and need for extra one-on-one support and encouragement from a positive role model. Last school year, Lydia was paired with her Big Sister, Laura. Together, they read accelerated reading books. As a reward for completing the books, they created arts and crafts projects together. When the book fair came to Lydia’s school, Laura bought Lydia the book of her choice. Since being matched with Laura in the agency’s Reading Readiness program, Lydia is not as shy, and has become more open with her Big Sister. Lydia’s teacher reported to Laura that her reading has improved along with her overall attitude towards school and self-confidence. Laura and Lydia kept in touch over the summer through letter writing and resumed their match activities at the start of the 2018-19 school year.


Over half of our nation’s K-12 students now come from low income households. Ensuring equity in education is essential to the future of our nation.

A contributor to the equity gap in education includes socio-economic status (SES):

High-SES Students • • • •

are more like to

self-advocate believe they “belong” at school have positive school culture graduate from high school

Low-SES Students • • • •

get suspended are chronically absent have emotional issues move schools multiple times

FAILED ATTEMPTS AT CHANGE Government initiatives aimed at closing the equity gap in education have not met their promise because they failed to understand and target its root. As a result, the inequality in education for low- vs. high-income students continues to perpetuate cyclical poverty.

What can be done?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) skills like perseverance, self-control, and optimism are “critical tools for improving outcomes for low-income students.” - How Children Succeed, Paul Tough

CURRENT STATUS OF SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT LAFAYETTE PARISH Middlebrook Elementary Judice Middle J. Wallace James Elementary Carencro Heights Elementary Milton Elementary Woodvale Elementary Ridge Elementary Ernest Gallet Elementary Youngsville Middle Ossun Elementary Broussard Middle Prairie Elementary Westside Elementary Duson Elementary Scott Middle Acadian Middle Paul Breaux Middle Charles M. Burke Elementary Evangeline Elementary Holy Family School Lafayette Middle St. Pius Elementary* Carencro Middle Edward J. Sam Accelerated

2009 2009 2010 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2016 2017


Martin Petitjean Elementary 2010 Central Rayne Kindergarten 2012 Ross Elementary 2012 Iota Elementary 2015 Church Point Elementary 2016 Crowley Kindergarten 2016 Rayne High 2016 Armstrong Middle 2017

Daspit Elementary^ 2016 North Lewis St. Elementary 2017 Jeanerette Elementary 2017 St. Charles Street Elementary 2017 North Elementary Grolee Elementary Highland Elementary Lawtell Elementary


St. Martinville Primary Breaux Bridge Jr. High Breaux Bridge Elementary Catahoula Elementary Teche Elementary

VERMILION PARISH Herod Elementary Eaton Park Elementary


• Crowley Middle




NEW IN 2018-2019!

2017 2017 2017 2017

2015 2016 2017 2017 2017

2014 2016

• David Thibodeaux STEM • Edgar Martin Middle • Green T. Linden Elementary • L. Leo Judice Elementary • Live Oak Elementary • Myrtle Place


• Palmetto Elementary • Port Barre Elementary • Eunice Elementary • Southwest Elementary

ST. MARTIN PARISH • Cecilia Jr. High

* self-funded ^ private funding

MOBILIZING RESOURCES INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING FOR SCHOOL READINESS EARLY HEAD START United Way of Acadiana’s Early Head Start School Readiness Goal is that all children attending a complete program year will show 85% improvement in one or more of the essential domains in becoming school ready. This will be calculated from the baseline of the initial assessment administered at the point of entry into the program through the time they transition from the program. Results from the 2017-18 Teaching Strategies Gold assessments indicated an 87% improvement in one or more of the essential domains of social emotional, physical, language, literacy, cognitive and mathematics development. This percentage exceeded our school readiness goal of children showing an 85% improvement.

These benchmarks are national standards from professional researchers that indicate expected levels of achievement in demonstrating skills, abilities, and attitudes leading to school readiness. Students achieved gains from the Fall to Spring assessments in all domains at the local level, with the highest gain in the Language domain. Among 72 of the students tested at least three times during the school year, 29 children showed 100% improvement in the Social Emotional domain. 43 children showed 100% improvement in the essential domains of Cognitive, Literacy and Mathematics.

During the 2017-18 school year, a total of 129 children and/or pregnant women received services through our program. UWA EHS enrollment priorities include children with special needs, children in foster care and homeless families. Working in partnership with families, we continue to strive to enhance children’s development physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially.


MOBILIZING RESOURCES INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING FOR SCHOOL READINESS DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY UWA’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library prepares children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed by building home libraries with age-appropriate books that become more complex as the child ages. This program provides one high-quality, developmentally appropriate book each month, via mail, at no cost to the families of enrolled children from birth until age five in UWA’s service area. UWA’s Women United (formerly Women’s Leadership Council) supports efforts to enhance early learning opportunities for children and increase the overall quality of life for children in Acadiana. Through campaign efforts, 69 women philanthropists raised $42,144 to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 2017. Women United also raised $20,000 in sponsorships and an additional $16,000 through ticket sales for their annual luncheon, resulting in an impressive amount raised of $78,144 to support DPIL.


Acadia Lafayette St. Martin Vermilion Total


860 2,233 518 785 4,396


1,177 3,303 744 1,063 6,287

INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING FOR EARLY GRADE LITERACY UNITED WAY READERS Just 30 minutes of extra reading time = stronger readers! During the 2017-18 school year, 225 volunteer tutors, donated 2,273 hours of their time to help 373 first- and secondgrade students with additional reading practice through United Way Readers. Reagan is now a senior in high school at Teurlings Catholic with a bedroom full of books, awards for being an accomplished reader and enthusiastically volunteers as a Reader with United Way of Acadiana. She values the program because as a second grader, she was once a struggling student who received assistance through this very program.


MOBILIZING RESOURCES INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING FOR EARLY GRADE LITERACY STUFF THE BUS 23,468 School Supplies Generated for our Local Teachers & Students The Stuff the Bus school supply drive ensures that students enter school with the tools needed to be successful throughout the school year. In August 2018, individuals across Acadiana donated more than 23,468 school supplies, enough to serve 2,500 students. 38 volunteers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Soul Camp donated 152 hours of service to sort and package these school supplies. Supplies were distributed to over 60 schools across our 4 parishes. Each school received care packages containing school supplies for at least 25 students. In 2018, Stuff the Bus was sponsored by 11 companies which included Cox Communications. Additionally, volunteers from Cox Communications delivered these supplies to schools across Acadiana.

2018 SUMMER OF ACTION Each year in June, hundreds of people around Acadiana come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live. The 10-10-10 Project yielded 21 volunteers who donated 47 volunteer hours to contribute to the official Day of Action in Acadiana. The following Agencies completed projects related to education throughout Acadiana: • Building Book Nooks by Basin Arts –new spaces built for art books • Grocery Store Makeover by The Children’s Museum items purchased to expand the museum’s mock grocery store • Middle School Mural by Paul Breaux Middle School mural painted on campus to motivate students • Playground Pick-up by Gethsemane Christian Academy – playground restored through painting and landscaping

2,560 backpacks, 2,560 elementary students in Pre-K- 5th grade served in Lafayette, St. Martin, Acadia, and Vermillion Parishes. 100 classrooms served through Adopt-A- Classroom.

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September 26, 2018 Margaret H. Trahan, President / CEO Date

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