EDS Capital Campaign Update

Phase 2 Launch

Campaign Goal: $1.1 Million

Dollars Raised to Date: $402,163

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Message from the Head of School

Dear Family and Friends of Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School,


It is so exciting to announce that we are ready to break ground on the south campus! I know many of you have wondered why it has taken so long. These past seven years were spent behind the scenes raising the needed funds. Your generosity has been overwhelming. The joy of giving is better than receiving, but it is not always easy. It is the result of faith, trust and a belief that the Lake Charles community will benefit from another Christian high school, especially in south Lake Charles.


Our founders often reminded me that their initial conversation about starting an Episcopal school included the addition of a high school one day. Advancing the Vision is the name of this phase of the campaign. It is a name with so much meaning behind it. It honors our founders' original vision and announces the fact that we want to expand our vision for each and every student. Today, when our students leave after eighth grade they are poised and ready to be launched. Each students' gifts and talents will be matched with the best universities with our personalized approach to teaching and the building of a great college counseling program. The course work in high school will be carefully mapped to achieve the goals set. Our outdoor education program and environmental initiatives can expand to meet the challenges of today's real world problems. Project based learning seeks to solve problems collaboratively, a teaching method for the twenty-first century learning and part of our curriculum for the past five years. We can use the lake and gardens for so many different activities and teachings.


This project will not only benefit our current students, but will boost all education in our surrounding southwest Louisiana. I am so thankful for each of you and for this opportunity to Advance the Vision.


Reverend Frances "Boo" Kay

How Close Are We?

In the first phase of the capital campaign, the Board of Trustees and EDS administration raised $5 million toward an overall goal of $7 million. With this goal achieved and the generous $1 million matching gift of an anonymous donor, EDS is now launching Advancing the Vision, the second phase of the south campus high school campaign. This phase aims to raise the last $1.1 million. This amount, in addition to the $5 million previously raised and the $1 million matching gift, will fund the campus buildings.


Campaign goal: $1.1 million

Dollars raised to date: $402,163


Middle School and High School Facilities

  • 6 core classrooms
  • 2 STEAM labs
  • 1 band instructional space
  • 1 choral instructional space


Campus Life Center and Gymnasium

  • full size competition gym
  • volleyball and basketball courts
  • two additional classroom spaces
  • seating for students, parents, and guests
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Advancing the Vision Leadership

Meet the Campaign Chair: Dr. Steven Hale

As a previous alumnus of EDS, class of 1992, I am extremely honored to be able to give back to this tremendous educational institution. I graciously and humbly accepted the role of Chairman of the Advancing the Vision campaign after prayerful discernment. I felt compelled to participate at a deeper level due to my longstanding history with this school.


I began attending EDS in 1982 in Pre-Kindergarten. I graduated from EDS, along with my two younger brothers and my mother was a teacher at EDS for nearly two decades. Now, my two youngest children, Hines and Eliza, happily attend EDS and my wife, Nealie, is very involved in the school and serves on the Parent Guild. Further, my sister-in-law, Lori Hale is a 2nd grade teacher and her two children also attend this fine institution. At EDS, the faculty has always treated us like family. This is a primary reason three generations of my family have been so invested in the school's success.


When I reflect on my twenty-six years of formal education, EDS remains my fondest memories. I created friendships and bonds that persist to this day. I truly learned more during these formative years than any other time in my life. The learning style has remained personalized and hands-on and continues to surpass my expectations.


I have always envisioned Lake Charles providing more educational opportunities than have previously been offered. I have dreamed of a school that my children could thrive in similar to my previous educational successes. It is with these thoughts in mind that I am thrilled to see this project to fruition and create a longstanding legacy of exceptional learners in this community for generations to come.


Steven S. Hale, M.D.

100% Participation from Faculty and Staff

An important first step in any campaign is reaching out to faculty and staff. This shows the school's enthusiasm and support of the project and their desire to continue educating future students and preparing them for the future. The faculty and staff of EDS have responded with resounding enthusiasm and they reached 100% participation within a few weeks of the kickoff. Our capital consultants, the JF Smith Group, commissioned a plaque that was presented to the staff by campaign chair Dr. Steven Hale. EDS is truly a family and we are proud to have the backing of all our teachers and staff.

Advancing the Vision Committee Chairs

We would like to thank the following people who have accepted a leadership role in the campaign. Each of them are giving of their time, talent, and treasure.


Executive Planning Committee

Chairman: Dr. Steven Hale

  • Jenny Leach
  • Matt Lundy
  • Keith Portie
  • Rob Price, III
  • Lisa Rubino
  • Somer Brown, Cultivation and Involvement Chairman
  • Reverend Frances "Boo" Kay, Head of School
  • Amanda Meche, Faculty and Staff Chairman
  • Allison Schnake, Director of Advancement
  • Margaret Wukovits, Direct Mail and Peer to Peer Chairman


Cultivation and Involvement Committee

  • Amy Donald
  • Lori Hale
  • Jenny Leach
  • Tammie Lebert
  • Jay Marque


Prayer and Encouragement Committee

  • John Black
  • Angela Bulhof
  • Gabe Fontenot
  • Fr. Jack Myers
  • Katie Simpson
  • Pepe Vasquez
  • Bobbie Yellot
  • Tabitha Yokum


Faculty and Staff Committee

  • Paula Clemmons
  • Angela Doucet
  • Alicia Goodwin
  • Candace Marque
  • Amanda Ogea
  • Amelia Yakupzack

Thank you to all our generous donors!

Mr. and Mrs. Joey Ardoin

Mr. Beau Barbe

Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Begnaud

Ms. Susan Blake

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Blake

Mr. Jeremy Boudreaux

Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Broderick

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Brown

Mr. Billy Buehler

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Burke

William T. and Ethel Lewis Burton Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Burton

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Camel

Dr. and Mrs. Brett Cascio

Kevin and Chantal Castille

Ms. Joy Castle

Dr. Stephen Castleberry

Kelli Castleberry

Mr. and Mrs. Duane Clemmons

Mr. and Mrs. William Condos

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cox

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Daigle

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Davis

Rev. and Mrs. Seth Donald

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Doucet

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Duplechin

Mr. and Mrs. Phil Earhart

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Elliot

Mr. and Mrs. Rick El-Mogazi

Mrs. Lesli Ericson

Ms. Audrey Evans

Mr. and Mrs. Lane Farque

Mrs. Heidi Fisher

Ms. Christine Fontenot

Mr. Gabe Fontenot

Ms. Sally Fruge

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Fruge

Mrs. Elayne Gabbert

Dr. and Mrs. Richard Gilmore

Dr. and Mrs. Harry Goodwin

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gover

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Grogan

David and Kathy Grubb

Corinne Grubb

Dr. and Mrs. Steven Hale

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Hale

Mr. and Mrs. JD Hankins

Ms. Savannah Havard

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Hebert

Mrs. Belinda Hebert

Mrs. Ashley Hughes

Ms. Gage Ibeck

JF Smith Group

Ms. Julie Robertson

Juliet E. Hardtner Trust

Reverend Frances "Boo" Kay

Mr. and Mrs. Don Kay

Dr. and Mrs. Mohammad Khan

Mr. and Mrs. Randall King

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lawton

Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Leach

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Leach

Dr. and Mrs. Brad Lebert

Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Leblanc

Mr. and Mrs. James Leubner

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Lundy

Mrs. Betty Manuel

Mrs. Candace Marque

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Marriner

Mr. Ed Martin

Dr. and Mrs. Butch Maze

Mr. and Mrs. Doug McElveen

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Meche

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Melton

Mrs. Missy Mickey

Mr. and Mrs. David Minton

Dr. and Mrs. John Moffett

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Navarre

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Nicholas

Ms. Kay Noble

Mr. and Mrs. Lonny (Amanda) Ogea

Mr. Keith Portie

Mr. and Mrs. JB Postell

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Potter

Mrs. Amanda Pousson

Dr. Alice Prestia

Price Family

Ms. Katie Quibodeaux

F. Warren Raggio

Ms. Jean Marie Rasbeary

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rau

Mrs. Jody Reed

Mrs. Libby Richards

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Richardson

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Riquelmy

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Rose

Ms. Mandi Royer

Dr. and Mrs. Greg Rubino

Mrs. Stephanie Savoie

Mrs. Taryn Scarborough

Mr. and Mrs. John Schnake

Mr. and Mrs. Corey Scroggs

Mr. Tom Shearman

Ms. Pam Spears

Mr. and Mrs. Gray Stream

Southwest Beverage

Mrs. Anna Temple

Ms. Brittany Theriot

Mrs. Alisha Tumey

Ms. Julie Van Dyke

Mrs. Kim Vasquez

Ms. Kailey Venable

Mrs. Ada Vincent

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Werner

Glenda Williams

Mrs. Sandra Williams

Mrs. Kyra Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williamson

Ms. Amelia Yakupzack



List reflects gifts received as of February 2018. Please contact the EDS Office of Advancement if an error has been made.

How Can You Help?

We ask everyone to pray for and encourage our committees as we continue to raise funds for our new middle and upper school. If you would like to get involved in additional capacities please call the Advancement office at (337) 433-5246 and ask for Allison Schnake, Director of Advancement.