Students in southeast Louisiana have a fresh batch of school supplies to kick off the new school year, thanks to Louisiana Federal Credit Union (FCU) and its Pack the Pirogue initiative.
This month, Louisiana FCU staff delivered pirogues filled with 2,735 pieces of school supplies to classrooms in the Tangipahoa, Ascension and River Parishes. The donation included notebooks, pens, markers, paper, folders, and calculators, just to name a few. Pack the Pirogue, now in its third year, attracts hundreds of donations from credit union staff, members and business partners across the region.
"We look forward to Pack the Pirogue every year. It continues to grow! We more than doubled what we received in 2018," said Rhonda Hotard, President/CEO of Louisiana FCU. "Our members, our business partners, our staff - They stepped up and made the school year special for so many kids."
Louisiana FCU started Pack the Pirogue in 2017 to help provide learning tools to local kids who couldn't otherwise afford them, and to help take the financial burden off teachers whose classrooms may lack supplies.
Since 2017, Louisiana FCU has donated more than 4.5 tons of school supplies to classrooms across the region.