Capitol Elementary, CSAL Middle, and Istrouma High School Win $15,000 Teacher Appreciation Contest

Baton Rouge Alliance for Students Partners with ExxonMobil Baton Rouge to Thank Teachers

(Baton Rouge, La.)– The Baton Rouge Alliance for Students, Teach 225, and ExxonMobil Baton Rouge have partnered to honor educators at three Baton Rouge schools today, distributing gift cards for each classroom educator for a total of $15,000. This effort will help provide classroom supplies for the 2022-2023 school year. Schools were chosen by community vote through an open nomination process launched during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Capitol Elementary, CSAL Charter Middle, and Istrouma High School were the top three vote-getters. Each classroom teacher in these schools will receive a $150 gift card to School Aids, a local Baton Rouge-based educator-supply store, which generously added an additional 10% to each gift card, bringing each card’s value to $165.

“We want to alleviate the stress educators experience when preparing their classrooms for the school year, so they have time to focus on what’s important: fostering a great learning environment for their students,” said Adonica Pelichet Duggan, CEO of the Baton Rouge Alliance for Students. “Teachers are the most important adults in every school building, and we’re pleased to have this opportunity to show them how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication to educating Baton Rouge’s students. We want them to leave for summer knowing they are valued.” 

“Successful careers begin with successful teachers,” said Stephanie Cargile, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Public & Government Relations Manager. “We recognize the incredible role that teachers play in not only preparing students for the opportunities ahead, but also in shaping our community’s future.”

Ten days of online voting were open to parents, students, educators, and community members. A recognition celebration was held at each campus, during which teachers received their gift cards.

Families & Foodtrucks

On Saturday, April 23, 2022, the Red Stick Schools Guide will host Families and Foodtrucks, an event to engage families with the information needed in choosing quality schools for students in East Baton Rouge parish. Now more than ever, understanding school quality is vital for Baton Rouge families, the Red Stick Schools Guide will guide you through that process. 

The Red Stick Schools Guide is a project of the Baton Rouge Alliance for Students and was created to give families a single place to find information about every school in the city. Whether you’re choosing your child’s first school or selecting their next school, considering your child’s academic needs and what’s most important to your family is a significant first step in ensuring a quality education for your child. 

Register now to join us on Saturday! The first 30 RSVPs will receive free lunch at Millennial Park! For more information about understanding school quality, considering your child and family, and how to research school options, visit

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After an enlightening day of North Baton Rouge school tours in November, the Alliance team and current CHANGEMAKERS toured three schools in the South Baton Rouge area this month. The CHANGEMAKERS had the opportunity to tour Parkview Baptist, BASIS Materra, and Woodlawn High School. CHANGEMAKERS heard from school leaders and learned about their innovative school models and programmatic offerings.