Community and Family Engagement

The Love Our Schools Community And Family Engagement (CAFÉ) model aims to unite schools across Lafayette Parish with families, businesses, government officials, churches, nonprofit organizations, and community members to create support networks around schools in the Lafayette Parish School System. With many needs across the parish, this effort presents a chance for individuals and organizations to make a meaningful impact, supporting educational growth and achievement.

To achieve this, a CAFÉ Team collaborates with school principals to increase community support for public schools, their leadership, staff, and students. The team seeks to foster diversity in its membership with leaders from different groups, including parents, students, businesses, faith groups, non-profits, and other community partners.

Inspired by the School Connect model, Love Our Schools' efforts are built on a similar framework. Principals put together strategic plans to identify needs across their campus. The CAFÉ Team Champion, a volunteer from the community, works with the principal to manage CAFÉ-related tasks and administration, taking the load "off the principal's plate." Each CAFÉ team strives to achieve maximum engagement and sustained progress towards achievable principal-directed goals regarding literacy, truancy, and staff retention. This is an excellent opportunity for businesses, individuals, and organizations to contribute to their communities while making a real difference in the lives of students and educators alike.

Look at our list of CAFÉ schools and their monthly meeting times. Fill out the form to join a CAFÉ near you and receive notifications for upcoming meetings and events!

The Original Twelve Schools

  • Acadian Middle School - 2nd Wednesday of the Month @ 4:15 pm 
  • Dr. Raphael A. Baranco Elementary School - 1st Thursday of the Month @ 4:00 pm
  • Alice N. Boucher Elementary School - Last Monday of the Month @ 10:00 am
  • Carencro High School - 3rd Wednesday of the Month @ 3:00 pm
  • Carencro Middle School - Last Wednesday of the Month @ 1:45 pm
  • Evangeline Elementary School - Last Tuesday of the Month @ 3:30 pm
  • J.W. Faulk Elementary School - 3rd Wednesday of the Month @ 3:30 pm
  • Lafayette Middle School - 1st Wednesday of the Month @ 1:30 pm
  • LeRosen Preparatory School - 3rd Thursday of the Month @ 3:15 pm 
  • Live Oak Elementary - 4th Thursday of the Month @ 3:40 pm
  • S.J. Montgomery Elementary - 3rd Tuesday of the Month 4:00 pm
  • Northside High School - 2nd Wednesday of the Month @ 3:00 pm 

New Schools Added This Academic School Year

  • Carencro Heights (Carencro Bob Lilly) Elementary School
  • Charles M. Burke Elementary School - Last Tuesday of the Month @ 8:30 am 
  • Katharine Drexel Elementary School - 2nd Tuesday of the Month @ 3:35 pm 
  • Woodvale Elementary School
  • Milton Elementary/Middle School - 4th Friday of the Month @ 1:30 pm
  • L.J. Alleman Middle School
  • L. Leo Judice Elementary School - 2nd Tuesday of the Month @ 2:00 pm
  • Paul Breaux Middle School - 2nd Tuesday of the Month @ 2:00 pm 
  • Scott Middle School
  • Comeaux High School 
  • Lafayette High School - 4th Wednesday of the Month @ 3:30 pm

Read our newsletter here to stay informed and engaged with all the exciting happenings in our CAFÉs.

If you are interested in joining a village, please complete & submit the form below.

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