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Celebrating 30 Years

Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence is proud to celebrate 30 years of education and achievement. From the beginning, our mission has been to establish a perpetual source of funding to provide additional resources to foster academic excellence in public education.

Through the help of many donors, teachers, local businesses, and community partners, we are proud to continue this mission today.

Since our inception, TFAE has funded more than $1.3 million dollars in grants to Terrebonne Parish public school teachers. We have also funded more than 267,000 books to local children through the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, as well as recognized Distinguished Scholars and Inspirational Educators, created a Lending Library book exchange program, and created a Girls Who Code technology camp. We have also worked to partner with local businesses to fund specific technology and supply needs in classrooms across the parish.

We celebrate this achievement alongside dedicated teachers and administrators who work tirelessly to create positive environments where our children can learn and grow. We celebrate with local parents and children who spend quality time reading and exploring Imagination Library books together. We celebrate with local businesses and our community who champion education as a priority for our region. We celebrate with the many volunteers who have worked with TFAE throughout the years - whether on our board of directors, at our local 5K fundraiser, or those hosting Lending Libraries. You are all a vital and important part of TFAE history that contributes to not only our achievements, but that of our community.

We are honored to have served our community for 30 years and look forward to the future as we all work together to improve education in our beloved Terrebonne Parish.

Please  enjoy a "look back in time" below and follow along on our social media as we continue to celebrate and share more throughout this school year.

Want to help TFAE continue our mission of supporting local education? Please consider a donation to our TFAE Endowment Fund, which is our source of income for grants and Imagination Library.

TFAE: 30 Years of Education & Achievement

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Academic Excellence Fund Benefactors

Over the last 30 years, our Academic Excellence Fund has provided TFAE with the financial stability and resources to support local education. This is an endowed fund, which assures our donors that the principal will never be spent and will live in perpetuity. Interest from this fund serves as a perpetual funding source for grants and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. TFAE is incredibly grateful to the following donors for their investment in local education. We are working to reach our goal of $2 million dollars, which equals $100 for every child enrolled in Terrebonne Parish public education. If you'd like to contribute, please see the donation links below.
James J. Buquet, Jr. Family Foundation Fund
(In Memory of James J. Buquet, Jr.)
(In Memory of Diana D. & James J. Buquet)
(In Memory of Hazel F. & Lee J. Castagnos)

Jim & Glenda Harper Fund

Michael X. & Mary Virginia Rayne St. Martin
(In Memory of Hugh Paul St. Martin, M.D.)
(In Memory of Rhea St. Martin)

South Louisiana Bank
(In Memory of Robert W. Bourg)

T. Baker Smith, Inc.
(In Memory of Mrs. Julie H. Toups)
(In Honor of Clifford & JoAnne Smith)

APACHE Corporation
Linda, Bobby & Paul Burguieres
(In Memory of Chapman "Bumper" Burguieres III)
Capital One Bank
Cenac Towing Company, Inc
(In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Ovide J. Cenac)
Pedestal Bank
Mr. & Mrs. James E. Gueydan
Tony & Char Herques
Houma Oilman’s Fishing Invitational
Regions Bank
Synergy Bank
Terrebonne Ford/Barker Automotive Dealerships
The Rotary Club of Houma
(In Memory of Ron Gautreaux & Doug Stire)
H. E. Trapp, Jr. (In Memory of H. E. Trapp, Sr.)
Hancock Whitney
5K Run for Excellence and Food Fest
Best of the Bayou Music Foundation

FOUNDER’S CLUB $25,000-$44,999
Robert & Suzanne Alexander
Brian & Marianne Matherne
Chet Morrison Contractors, Inc.
CHARTER INVESTORS $10,000-$24,999
Elton A. Darsey
Arthur & Helen DeFraites
The Gray Foundation
MidSouth Bank
Richard & Judy Haydel
John D. & Barbara Morris
Petroleum Laboratories, Inc.
Travis & Kaye Lavigne
John & Diane Sontheimer
Terminix Pest Control, Inc.
The Investment Group
Dale Thompson, Sr.
Ken & Yolanda Trahan
Watkins, Walker, Eroche, and Hoychick APLC
Mr. & Mrs. Reuben Williams

Anonymous Donors (2)
Benoit Machines
Michael & Tamara Bergeron
(In Memory of Claude & Kathy Bergeron)
Sharon Roppolo Bergeron
Bourgeois & Associates
Bourgeois, Bennett, LLC, CPAs
Suzanne Nolfo Carlos
Chevron Companies
Dr. & Mrs. Ray Cinnater
Community Coffee Company Foundation
B.J. Corte
The Courier
Reggie Dupre, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. C. Berwick Duval
Dr. & Mrs. S. E. Ellender, Jr.
Fabregas Music Store
Dr. & Mrs. David R. Fakier & Family
Mike Fakier & Kurt Fakier Families
Ferber Foundation of the Jewish Endowment Foundation
Michael Fesi II
Len Fontaine, Jr./Acadia Financial Group, Inc.
Leslie Jacobs
Robert E. & L. A. Kelton, Jr.
Catherine B. Kosior (In Memory of L. J. Bilello)
LA Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Thomas & Rebecca Lanaux
Mark, Margaret, Anna, & Laura Lee
M&L Industries
Hartwell A. Lewis
Lloyd’s Remedies
Family & Friends of Terry J. Martin
Keith & Kathy Mazerac
(In honor of Kameron Mazerac)
Mr. & Mrs. Barry Melancon
Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Mire
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Pellegrin
Family & Friends of Lucy P. and Aaron Porche
George & Melanie Ribble
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Richard, Jr.
Family & Friends of Wayne J. Riche
John & Lisa Rogers
Rotary Club of Houma-Terrebonne
Charitable Trust of Dr. Koti Sangisetty
Voice of the Wetlands
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Weed
Rene & Marsha Williams

Allayne Barrilleaux, Ph.D

TFAE gratefully acknowledges
those who have donated
“In Memory Of” the individuals below:
Mr. Kenneth Barrilleaux
Mrs. Ruby Bascle
Mr. Cecil J. Bordelon
Mr. Elward Brady
Mrs. Adelaide Braud
Mr. Richard A. Breaux
Mr. James J. Buquet, Jr.
Mr. James Cockrell
Mrs. Julia Dudek
Mrs. Geralyn Dunckleman
Mrs. Ruth France
Mr. David LeCompte
Mr. Hartwell Lewis
Mrs. Gloria Marcello
Mr. Terry J. Martin
Mrs. Ruth McCaa
Mr. Earl McElroy
Mrs. Ethel Melancon
Mrs. Elise Scroggin Mixon
Mr. John Fitzhugh Morris
Mrs. Dan Percle
Mr. Geralto J. Vita
Mr. Warren Wilder

A Look Back at 30 Years

Grants In Action

Since 2001, TFAE has funded more than $1.3 MILLION dollars in grants to Terrebonne Parish public school teachers. Below are just a snapshot of recent grants awarded. We are proud to partner with teachers across the parish to foster academic excellence in the classroom with innovative and engaging projects, resources, and technology. To view more Grants In Action, click here. 

Thank You!

A few thank you notes from our local educators and students. Thanks to our many donors for helping us supply much needed resources for our schools!