Scholarship Student Finishes High School as Salutatorian

Being a single mother and raising two young boys can be challenge. For LaShonda Eisley it was becoming a battle. Anthony, her eight-year-old, has Sickle Cell disease and 11-year-old Ta’Zarious is dyslexic. To make matters worse, they were trapped in a bad public school.

“Ta’Zarious was teased because of his dyslexia. He would come home and tell me they would call him stupid and dumb. I needed to get them somewhere where they would get one-on-one attention and the help they needed,” said LaShonda.

LaShonda enrolled both children in Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy, a Louisiana Scholarship Program school for students with special needs. Anthony and Ta’Zarious now receive the individualized attention they need and are flourishing in the classroom.

“I’ve never seen them this happy, this excited. They’re just ready to get out the door and go to school.”

“I don’t know where my kids would be right now without the Louisiana Scholarship Program. It’s great.”