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Lusher Charter School

won the 3rd annual "Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge," an after-school entrepreneurial contest for New Orleans high school students held by the Brees Dream Foundation and the Idea Village. The nine students who participated in the project will receive $1,000 scholarships from Google, while Lusher will get a $10,000 grant from the Brees Dream Foundation.



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Duke LoCicero

and his Chef Duke's Foundation For Kids held his annual holiday giveaway at Children's Hospital last week, handing out nearly $10,000 in toys purchased with funds from a fundraising gala. The chef/owner of Cafe Giovanni created the foundation in 1992 and has given away more than $200,000 in toys to local children since.



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St. Paul's Homecoming Center

coordinated a Holiday Help for Hurricane Victims program to help Northeasterners affected by Hurricane Sandy. Students at St. Dominic School and Hynes Charter School helped load a trailer that was being driven to Long Island, N.Y., the week before Christmas. The Homecoming Center was founded after Hurricane Katrina to assist with the city's recovery and has expanded its mission to victims of other disasters.



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Universal Placement International (UPI)

was ordered by a federal judge to pay $4.5 million to 350 Filipino teachers whom the company hired after Hurricane Katrina and, in the words of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), "forced into exploitive contracts ... through the federal guest worker program." According to the law center, UPI made the teachers pay a placement service about $16,000 to get their jobs, and were charged 3 percent to 5 percent interest per month on the loans.

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