Donors Provide Critical Resources for LSMSA Families
In response to LSMSA families across the state being affected by both COVID-19 and Hurricane Laura, donor generosity has provided $50,000 in assistance for families, faculty and staff in the first month of the semester alone.
The importance of having essential provisions in relation to learning stems from psychologist Abraham Maslow’s suggestion in 1943 that foundational necessities must be met before higher-order development can take place. Today, the LSMSA Foundation is currently assessing if students, whether impacted by COVID-19, Hurricane Laura or both, need help with essential resources like groceries, gasoline, and the ability to pay for medical expenses.
“Giving students what they need to learn is what the Foundation was created to do,” explains Ali Landry, LSMSA Foundation Executive Director. “Without our generous donors, we wouldn't be able to offer this level of support, from technology platforms for online learning to essential resources critical to rebuilding.”
Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is the preeminent state-supported residential high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana's high-achieving, highly-motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a public school, there is no tuition to attend, and assistance from the LSMSA Foundation ensures the program is available to all qualifying students regardless of family financial need.