JACK HAYES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AWARDED DRAX ‘CLASSROOM OF THE MONTH’

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JACK HAYES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AWARDED DRAX ‘CLASSROOM OF THE MONTH’

Drax’s Classroom of the Month for October was awarded to third-grade students at Jack Hayes Elementary School in Monroe for making good progress in their science and mathematics studies and being committed to achieving their goals.
 
The program has been developed by Drax in partnership with the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) to inspire local students to start thinking about their future and what they can achieve, as part of the energy company’s ongoing commitment to supporting education in the communities local to its operations.
 
A different class each month is awarded ‘Classroom of the Month’ by Drax and receives a visit from ULM representatives to reward the pupils for their hard work and show them some of the options available to them as they advance through school.
 
Drax has arranged for representatives from the University’s athletics department to visit the schools to talk to the students, raise awareness of the college and answer any questions they might have. The students also receive two tickets each to a Warhawk football, basketball, or baseball game and meet Ace, the team mascot.
 
Their teacher Laura Malone said: “My students loved being rewarded for working hard in their studies, and I know they’ll love going to a ULM football game. I think the program gives the students something to strive for during their time in school, and it lets them know that college is an option that’s available to them. With the Classroom of the Month program, the students are made aware of the rewards studying hard can bring to them, even at such a young age.”
 
Twice during the school year, the Classroom of the Month winners will be invited to the campus for a tour. The students will get to experience the university campus and learn about higher education opportunities right in their hometown.
 
Drew Bellipanni, Partnership Services Coordinator at ULM, said: “This program is a chance to give back to our local schools and teachers who have worked hard throughout the pandemic to continue teaching our children. We hope Classroom of the Month will motivate students to continue studying as well as see what college has to offer.”
 
Executive Vice President of Drax’s Pellet Operations, Matt White, said: “It’s so important that the next generation has equal access to education. Even though these children are in the early stages of their school careers, we hope this program will inspire them by showing them what opportunities are available to them in the future.”
Drax is committed to supporting the communities local to its operations and has this year, supported education and skills in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama and provided donations to help efforts to improve communities and work to support sustainable forestry. 
 
In Louisiana, recent support has included donating to a veterans food drive, sponsoring a community garden and launching a classroom grants program.