Since its founding, JLNO has made enhancing children’s education a priority. By providing individual attention to students, supporting the essential work of teachers, and increasing parental engagement, we improve academic performance and increase educational opportunities. This committee provides student, teacher, and general school support to two institutions within the city – Educare New Orleans and Lafayette Academy Charter School.
- Lafayette Academy Charter School is a PK-7th grade charter school with approximately 900 students in the Carrollton neighborhood.
- In the Columbia Parc neighborhood on the site of the old St. Bernard Housing Project, Educare is a state-of-the-art, full-day, year-round education program for 150 at-risk children, ages six weeks to five years, focuses on significantly narrowing and even preventing the achievement gap from taking root.
Throughout the year, volunteers host “Read” events for pre-K, K, 1st, and 2nd grade classrooms at Lafayette Academy. In October, the committee sponsors Read for the Record, a national program which strives to break the record for the largest number of people reading the same book at the same time. In March, JLNO sponsors Read Across America, a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
At Educare New Orleans volunteers will work alongside the staff, supervising the children’s activities and interacting with the children and staff during classroom instruction and outside play activities. Volunteers may read to the children, assist with writing activities and participate in community and parent engagement activities.
JLNO also sponsors various field trips and in-school programs throughout the year.