A new campaign to raise money to help Lafayette Parish public schools hits close to home.
Beginning in July, officials behind the Love Our Schools initiative will be selling $25 tickets for the chance to win a brand-new home valued at $330,000 to be built by Manuel Builders in Couret Farms in Lafayette, just south of Carencro.
The drawing for the Love Our Schools Home Giveaway will be Sept. 21.
There are other big prizes available for early-bird ticket purchases, including a vehicle to be donated by Don’s Automotive, a $5,000 cash prize and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for one year.
A portion of the proceeds from this home giveaway will be given directly to each school within the Lafayette Parish School System to address their specific areas of need, while the remainder will be used for future Love Our Schools initiatives.
"Enhancing public education is one of the greatest contributions a community can make toward its youth and a vitally important investment in its future," said Nick Pugh, founder of the Pugh Family Foundation, long-time advocate for public education and supporter of Love Our Schools.
"This home giveaway will be an annual fundraiser to help maintain and support Love Our Schools' plans in the years to come. We're proud of the positive impact this organization has had across Lafayette Parish, and we recognize there is still much that needs to be done."
The home giveaway is made possible through Manuel Builders with the donation of the home construction and Southern Lifestyle Development with the donation of the lot.
Working together like this is at the heart of the Love Our Schools educational initiative that began in 2019 with the aim of transforming public schools and elevating communities.
"It is critical that we come together as parents, business leaders, government officials, and residents to ensure that our children have access to a good, quality education," said Matt Stuller, founder of the Stuller Family Foundation and supporter of the initiative. "Education is the single greatest investment that we can make as a society."
Supporting and improving schools impacts not only those in the classroom, leaders said. There is a ripple impact to be felt across the state.
"Ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn, grow and excel is critically important for a sustainable, prosperous community and a thriving workforce," said Dr. William "Kip" Schumacher, founder of the William C. Schumacher Family Foundation and co-founder of Love Our Schools. "Our community’s future begins in our schools, and it’s up to all of us to join together to ensure a bright future for Louisiana."
Learn more at loveourschoolsfoundation.org/home-giveaway-2022.
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