Monday, November 28, 2022



Tobacco-company founder's grandson guest speaker for Initiative kickoff

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The grandson of tobacco-company founder R.J. Reynolds was in Alexandria Jan. 9 to warn the public of the dangers of tobacco use. Patrick Reynolds is one of the nation’s top champions of a smoke-free society. After watching his father and brother die from cigarette-induced emphysema and lung cancer, Reynolds in 1986 decided to speak out against the industry his family helped build.

Foundation announces new grantmaking policies

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The Rapides Foundation’s guidelines reflect a bold direction to address the issues that are critical to improving the health status of Central Louisiana residents. To view the new guidelines, please visit our Grant Info section or refer to the documents Program and Funding Interests and Applying for Funds. 

Foundation presents innovative education conference

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School superintendents and School Board members from eight Central Louisiana parishes were brought together November 17-18 for a first-of-its-kind education reform conference. The Rapides Foundation, in partnership with The Orchard Foundation, presented the two-day conference – “Why Boards Matter – Building the Bridge to Effective Change." It focused on high school reform and was designed to help School Board members and superintendents understand their important and unique roles when it comes to effective change in their school districts.

The Rapides Foundation Is Bringing High School Redesign To The Forefront Of Cenla's Education Agenda

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The Education Trust And The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Took Part In The Foundation's First High School Summit. Education leaders across the country are calling for the transformation of the traditional comprehensive high school into a 21st century learning institution that supports college and workforce success for all students and The Rapides Foundation is answering the call.



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