1987 — Nancy Roberts developed a non-profit organization called “Friends of the Environment” that supported environmental education in K-12 schools.
1998 — “Friends of the Environment” was developed into Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE) in order to provide broader support to teachers. LRCE opened with 5,000 items available to lend.
2003 — We were approved to provide an alternative certification program to train and certify teachers. Check out our first graduates from the program!
2008 — LRCE celebrated 10 years of helping teachers help children!
2009 — We purchased our current building! We needed more room to accommodate our ever-growing library collection and teacher certification program.
2013 — The summer enrichment camp, Reach for Success (RFS), was created to combat students’ summer learning loss and to provide practitioners in the alternative certification program with a chance to experience a real classroom environment.
2016 — Find Your Future (FYF), a workforce development program for high school sophomores, was created to teach students skills such as writing a resume, dressing professionally, and successfully interviewing for a job. Over 800 students attended the workshops and career exhibit in 2016!
2016 — The alternative certification program was renamed LRCE Teach!. We produce an average of 150 teachers each year. Since beginning in 2003, we have trained 1,800 teachers!
As of 2016 — RFS has helped more than 1,000 students combat summer learning loss in a fun, supportive environment.
2017 — The LRCE library collection has grown from 5,000 items to more than 110,000 items. We’ve served more than 56 parishes in Louisiana and circulate 140,000 items annually!
2018 — We will celebrate 20 years of service to the teachers and students of Louisiana!