Origin Bank Supports AEP Outdoor Learning Space


Origin Bank has made the largest donation towards the creation of a new outdoor learning space at Louisiana Tech University’s AE Phillips Laboratory School.

The outdoor learning center will provide spaces for students to play and participate in activities designed to enhance their experiences at school. Once completed, the space will symbolize the school’s commitment to all aspects of health and learning for its students.

“At AEP, we provide our Bullpups with a great learning experience and a great time at school,” said school principal Jenny Blalock. “This outdoor learning space will provide our students with the opportunity to learn outdoors as well as a space to play and just be kids.”

The project includes new playground equipment, new fencing, and updated drainage and irrigation systems.

Origin Bank continues to be a strong supporter of Louisiana Tech University, providing support for projects ranging from new athletic facilities to the Office of Student Success and Inclusion Initiatives to the updated outdoor space designed for improve the experience of students, faculty, AE Phillips staff, and parents promote.

“The partnership between Origin and Louisiana Tech is extremely important to us and reflects our deep commitment to improving our community,” said Drake Mills, President, President and CEO of Origin Bancorp, Inc. “This project at AE Phillips will have such a positive impact on students and faculty, as well as helping the University work to create unparalleled learning experiences for all members of the campus community.

“Origin Bank is an unwavering benefactor to Louisiana Tech University,” said Les Guice, president of Louisiana Tech. “Our organizations have grown together, and we will support and encourage each other as we grow.”

Preparation work for the site of the Center has already begun and students will be able to follow the progress of the project.

“We want this physical space to express our values,” Blalock said. “We value movement in education. We value sunlight for health and we value physical activity. We are all thrilled to see this project begin with such support and commitment from Origin Bank, and our students can’t wait to see it complete.

To help create the AE Phillips Outdoor Learning Space, visit latech.scalefunder.com/cfund/aep.


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