Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School Culinary Arts Program Receives a ProStart Grow Grant
June 3, 2021
Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School will receive $5,000 in special funding to update and expand their ProStart program thanks to The Rachael Foundation (RRF).
Through the Rachael Ray Foundation ProStart Grow Grants, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) will provide 27 grants, totaling $135,000 to ProStart schools that have demonstrated a strong need to engage and educate high school students interested in exploring restaurant and foodservice jobs and careers. Lakeview was selected as one of the 27 schools to receive the $5,000 in funding for the initiative.
ProStart, a two-year career and technical education program focused on culinary arts and restaurant management, is offered in 1,700 schools across the country and currently enrolls 130,000 students. This year, ProStart educators have largely adapted to the COVID-19 restrictions with a mix of virtual and in-person learning, posing challenges for students to learn the hands-on skills the program often requires. Funding from the RRF ProStart Grow Grants will enable Lakeview to further their culinary arts programs and further their students’ education.
“ProStart educators and students have persevered through this difficult year and are continuing to pursue their passions for restaurants and foodservice against all odds,” said Rachael Ray, award-winning television personality and philanthropist. “The Rachael Ray Foundation is proud to support their dreams to become future chefs and restauranteurs and provide them with the resources they need to be successful in their classrooms. We can’t wait to see what these students will accomplish.”
Winning schools awarded a ProStart Grow Grant were required to demonstrate how the program is positively impacting their students and community. Grants are valued at $5,000 per school. Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School will be able to use their funds from the Rachael Ray Foundation starting this year. To stay connected to their plans, follow Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lakeviewhighschool2.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) is a 501©3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1995 and is governed by a board of directors made up of restauranteurs, industry experts, and educators in the hospitality industry. The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation exists to enhance the industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement, and promotion of career opportunities.
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s mission of service to the public is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development, and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower, and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include ProStart®—a high school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready—partnering with community-based organizations to provide opportunity youth and justice-involved individuals with skills; Registered Apprenticeship Project—a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit https://chooserestaurants.org/.
The Rachael Ray Foundation (RRF) is a private foundation funded by a portion of the proceeds of each sale of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®. The Foundation supports causes Rachael cares for most such as helping animals in need and working with organizations to support the “Cook, Feed & Fund” mission of Yum-o!, a non-profit formed by Rachael to empower kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. To learn more about The Rachael Ray Foundation, please visit https://www.rachaelrayfoundation.org/.