donated 960 rolls of toilet paper — a year's supply for 20 firefighters — to the New Orleans Fire Department on March 19 as part of the Charmin Relief Project, a nationwide donation of 50,000 rolls of toilet paper to 50 firehouses in 50 states. Since 2012, Charmin has donated more than 130,000 rolls of toilet paper. It also plans to renovate bathrooms in five firehouses across the country.
The Hotel Modern
donated more than 2,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads to Magnolia Community Services, the Jefferson Parish-based organization that provides services to group homes and independent living facilities, as well as vocational training and supported employment with area businesses. The beads benefit the organization's working artists who have developmental disabilities.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation
awarded $33,500 worth of instruments to 12 New Orleans area schools during the Class Got Brass competition at the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival on March 23. First place finisher St. Augustine High School received $10,000 in instruments. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews also donated 25 trumpets and 25 trombones to several area schools.
The Louisiana Senate
last week defeated a bill by state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, to repeal a state law that the U.S. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional in 1987. Claitor's bill attempted to repeal the archaic Louisiana law that gives equal weight to "creation-science" and "evolution-science" in public schools. The old law states, "each shall be taught as a theory, rather than as proven scientific fact." The Senate voted 32-5 against Claitor's measure.