BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)–The West Baton Rouge Foundation for Academic Excellence awarded $5,000 to six schools.

The fund provided by Drax will be used to develop new learning activities for students in neighborhoods lacking resources.

The vice president of Drax said the company wants to contribute to the community.

Six schools were awarded grant money including Caneview K-8 School, Port Allen Elementary School, Holy Family School, Brusly Elementary School, Brusly Middle School and Brusly High School.

The foundation says the grant will allow schools in the district to buy books that will be available in the digital library.

“The West Baton Rouge Foundation receiving a grant from us is an opportunity to give back. And it really aligns with our focus on being future positive,” Vice President, Head of North America, Alex Schott said.

The director, Jarja Carville, says many teachers have creative and innovative ideas for student projects but lack the funding to bring them to life.

“It’s very difficult for the teachers to get all of the teaching tools that they need to reach 100 percent of their students,” Carville said.

She also said schools applying for the grant must show a need for the funds and how they will apply it to the school.

“They must show a need for the project. And the readers are looking to see what grants will have the greatest impact,” Carville said.