The mission of the Education Committee is to work with schools and local businesses to enhance and shape the educational opportunities in the community.
As a chamber, we recognize the importance of an educated workforce and the benefit it brings to our members and students who are the future employees of the local business community that we serve. We are fortunate to have one of the strongest school systems in the state.
> St. Tammany Parish Public School System
> 55 schools
> 37,000+ students
> 7 National Schools of Excellence
> All schools accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
> 19 private and/or parochial schools
Learning opportunities around St. Tammany Parish also include:
> Church-sponsored Mother's Day Out program and academic-oriented preschool and kindergarten
> Head Start Programs (for children ages 3-5)
> Early Head Start Programs (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers)
Opportunities to be involved:
The East St. Tammany Chamber works closely with local schools through its Education Committee. Resources are provided for students and the workforce by various organizations including
> Junior Achievement
> SLU Career Services
Recognizing Excellence in Education
> Outstanding Educator Award
> Student Scholarships
The St. Tammany Parish School Board has three propositions on the Saturday, May 4, 2013 ballot which the School Board advocates will not increase the taxes of homeowners or business owners, but will allow the school board to reallocate funds to more closely align with the actual expenses of the St. Tammany Parish School Board. The East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, by Resolution of the Executive Board dated May 1, 2013, hereby supports the propositions as they are revenue neutral to support the advancement of the St. Tammany Parish school system to promote economic development so that all citizens and areas of business shall prosper.
The East St. Tammany Chamber will award three (3) scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each to East St. Tammany public and private school students. Deadline for Scholarship Applications: March 1, 2013.
2013 Chamber Scholarship Application
The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes outstanding educators in public and private schools in eastern St. Tammany Parish for their contribution to raising student awareness to business and civic community involvement along with commitment to professional development and education contributions. The term “educator” includes: teachers, counselors, librarians, coaches, assistant principals and principals. Deadline: March 1, 2013
2013 Chamber Outstanding Educator Application