Professional Development

The Orchard Foundation administers several components of The Rapides Foundation's Education Initiative, including coordination of professional development institutes for Central Louisiana educators.

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School Readiness

The Orchard Foundation's focus on School Readiness seeks to ensure more children are ready to enter kindergarten. Studies show children who attend some type of early childhood program before kindergarten are more likely to complete high school and go through their entire school careers without repeating a grade. 

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Career and Postsecondary Readiness

Assessments of Central Louisiana show that many young Cenla residents are not prepared for the next step after high school, and as a result are not in a position to obtain jobs that will ensure their future economic well-being.

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Partner Programs

The Orchard Foundation was established by The Rapides Foundation in 2004 to act as a nonprofit local education fund to improve educational opportunities for Central Louisiana educators.

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Education Impacts Health

Research tells us that when people are more educated, their health is better.

The Rapides Foundation’s Education Initiative seeks to increase the level of educational attainment and achievement among Central Louisiana residents as the primary path to improved economic, social and health status. The Rapides Foundation provides a grant to The Orchard Foundation to administer many components of its Education Initiative.

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Recent News

2022 CLIP graduates begin teaching careers
Thu, 12 January, 2023

2022 CLIP graduates begin teaching careers

Ten individuals began their careers as middle school math and science teachers in the fall of 2022 after graduating...
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School Readiness Programs Prepare Cenla Children for School Success
Fri, 6 January, 2023

School Readiness Programs Prepare Cenla Children for School Success

Goal of School Readiness programs is to help children be better prepared when they enter kindergarten.

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Cenla Students Participate in Reading Rallies
Mon, 12 September, 2022

Cenla Students Participate in Reading Rallies

The Rapides Foundation's 2022 Symposium focused on Early Childhood Literacy and featured Super Bowl Champ...
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Orchard Events

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February
2023

Vernon Parish: Read to Soar Program

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January
2023

Grant Parish: Math to Build On Program

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January
2023

Vernon Parish: Math to Build On Program

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January
2023

Avoyelles Parish: Read to Soar Program

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January
2023

Catahoula Parish: Math to Build On Program

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