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The W.K. Kellogg Foundationawarded a $500,000 three-year grant to Covenant House to support a "two-generation" system providing case management, behavioral health care, early childhood development, education and vocational training, counseling and other services. The homeless shelter cares for more than 50 families each year.

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Christopher Schaberg, an associate professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded a $250,000 Public Humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of his essay and book series Object Lessons. The grant also will support students working on the series.

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Alexis Strain, a junior at Mande-ville's Fontainebleau High School, was named the Louisi-ana state winner for Google's an-nual student art contest. Strain now competes in the national finals.

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Louisiana Student of the Year district winners for Orleans Parish include Lusher Charter School senior Samyra Cambrielle Miller, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School eighth-grader Niani Gibson, and Lusher fifth-grader Keiffer Bartlett Ary. Jefferson Parish finalists include Bissonet Plaza Elementary fifth-grader Anthony Fisher and Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy eighth-grader Myles Mackie and senior Stefan Suazo.

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The Trombone Shorty Foundation,founded by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, has matched every donation up to $50,000 to the Greater New Orleans Foundation's (GNOF) Helping Our Neighbors: Tornado Relief Fund. GNOF awarded $100,000 in emergency grants to 13 organizations working in New Orleans East following February's devastating tornado.

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Delware North donated $30,000 to the Jazz and Heritage Foundation to support its Heritage School of Music. The donation from the food service company, working with the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, will support students performing at the airport's new terminal.

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Garrett Bradley, a New Orleans filmmaker, won the Sundance Film Festival's jury award in the nonfiction shorts category for Alone, a 13-minute film about the impact of mass incarceration on African-American families. Alone was among 68 shorts accepted into the 2017 festival.

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Metropolitan Human Services District will receive a $3 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for treatment services for prescription drug and opioid users over the next three years. The legislatively created district oversees publicly funded, community-based mental health care and substance abuse treatment.

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Brice Brown,head football coach at Edna Karr High School, was selected as the New Orleans Saints' nominee for the national Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award. The school's team won the 2016 4A State Championship title.

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Dots Diner restaurants raised more than $34,485 and collected hundreds of pounds of pet food since 2010 to benefit the Humane Society of Louisiana. In December, the restaurants raised more than $1,385 and collected pet food following devastating floods in August.

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Rotary District 6840 across south Louisiana will dedicate the first 100 days of 2017 to support The Rotary Foundation's centennial through flood response, environmental cleanup, reading events in schools, and hunger relief. The District raises more than $200,000 a year to support the foundation, which aims to raise $300 million by July 2017.

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Nicolas Bazan has been appointed a Foreign Adjunct Professor of Neuro-science in the Depart-ment of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet. The LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans professor's work has focused on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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