The Amistad Research Center
was awarded a $98,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which awarded more than 37 grants totaling more than $2 million to museums throughout the U.S. The Amistad Research Center will hire a project archivist to organize its inventory of items from African-Americans in science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions.
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School students
collected more than 18,000 Capri Sun pouches for recycling to earn $1,700 for the school as part of Capri Sun's Drink Pouch Brigade recycling program. In collaboration with TerraCycle, the Drink Pouch Brigade has collected more than 200 million recyclable pouches.
The Meraux Foundation
donated $10,000 to help construct the Mississippi River Trail bike path in St. Bernard Parish and $15,000 to the St. Bernard Performing Arts Academy at a July 11 ceremony. The foundation also gave the Coastal Champion Award to state Reps. Walt Leger III and Simone Champagne, who both serve on the House agriculture and forestry committee.
Orleans Parish Prison
was the subject of another shocking video, this time filmed by federal consent decree monitor Susan McCampbell, who filmed the jail at a surprise inspection June 14. The video, shown during consent decree hearings at U.S. District Court July 14, showed deteriorating conditions at the Templeman 5 facility, where mentally ill inmates are housed.