In January, Ms. Ellen Louviere, teacher at Anderson Middle School submitted an application for one of Meritus Credit Union's $250 teacher grants. She requested the funds to help pay for a field trip so that her students could visit the Jeanerette Museum. Since she was awarded the grant, the students were able to view an exhibit about waterways and their importance to Louisiana on February 28. The exhibit is on loan from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. The exhibit is free and the grant paid for transportation. This allowed every student to participate as the entire trip was at no cost to families. Ms. Louviere stated in her request, "The majority of our school lives below the poverty line and most of my students do not have many opportunities to experience anything outside of the classroom. For all of them to be able to participate is very rare."
"We are grateful to be able to partner with teachers like Ms. Louviere. It's amazing what teachers can do with $250," said Connie S. Roy, President/CEO of Meritus Credit Union. Each month, September - April, teachers in the credit union's service area are able to submit a request to be considered for one of five grants awarded each of those months during the school year. Last school year, 2017-2018, Meritus granted over $11,000 in small grants to teachers. The credit union is on tract to repeat the same amount this school year.