CHS Marketing Program Receives Supplemental Education Grant

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Submitted by Central High DECA Advisor Cindy Dykes

CENTRAL, LA —For the third year in a row, the Central High School Marketing Program and teacher, Ms. Dykes, were recently awarded an educational grant from the Marketing Education Retail Alliance (MERA).  For the 2010-2011 school year, the grant received is in the amount of $6500. MERA was created in 2000 and is administered by the Louisiana Retailers Association.  MERA grants are funded through the Louisiana Department of Economic Development under the authority of LA R.S. 47:318.

The educational grant provided by MERA shall be used to purchase educational supplies to enhance Louisiana’s Marketing Education classrooms. Such items that may be purchased are: computer/technology equipment; computer software; classroom supplies; competition preparation materials; test vouchers for industry-based certifications; and other marketing education-related items that are necessary for students and the classroom. This year’s grant will also aid in the opening of a school-based enterprise which will be operated by students enrolled in business and marketing classes.

The MERA association has, in the past, provided grant funds to LA marketing teachers for materials and equipment to improve and enhance marketing programs throughout the state. Due to more state and local budget cuts, these funds are helping teachers provide rigorous and relevant curriculum in the classroom for which students can take with them upon graduation and into their chosen career field(s).

Programs and associations such as MERA make it possible to successfully teach and prepare our young individuals for tomorrow, and it is much appreciated within the city and schools of Central, LA.

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